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A Luxury Island Escape

Geotourism

Sao Miguel island Request Tour
Small groups
Lunch included
Trusted tour operator
85 per adult

A Luxury Island Escape

Geo Tour around São Miguel Island

Sao Miguel island

The powerful volcanic personality of these islands is what sets them apart in both uniqueness and richness. They partake of an earthy nature and, for centuries, have embraced this same nature and have walked with it; but have also defended themselves from it, even if accepting its natural attacks, in a love-hate relationship with the best material and immaterial result…

Up to today, geologists analyze this immense natural laboratory with a constant internal activity that causes a terrifying attractiveness amongst the population and the visitors.

In the Azores, the volcanic activity is subdued to thermal baths, to rusty-golden landscapes, sulphur soils from where heat escapes, to carbonated water fountains, and to underground caves or grottos.

All composes this astonishing reality that amazes every single one of us. To surrender oneself to it is to accept the experienced, medicinal hands of the island and to understand its own interpretation of beauty and care.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Tour starts Ponta Delgada
  • Season Availabe in all season
  • Duration 10H
  • Includes

    • Certified guide
    • Lunch in a local restaurant
    • Entrance fee to Caldeira Velha
    • Pick up and drop off in Ponta Delgada (please check the Map)
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    This is a complete tour for all the curious ones about geology and volcanology. It has it all!

    Wonderful landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo, interesting geological patterns at Gruta do Carvão, history at the museum, zen time at the hot springs, impressive fumeroles where you can cook underground, and so much more!

    Transport and lunch are included. What more to ask for?

    • Gruta do Carvão

      – After the check-in or pick-up in Ponta Delgada, let’s visit Gruta do Carvão. It is located on the northwest side of Ponta Delgada. This lava tunnel currently extends about 2,000 meters underground.

      – According to old documents and field observations, this lava tube may have originally reached a length of 5km.

    • São Roque Islet

      – After visiting the cave, we will continue our tour through the south coast stopping at São Roque Islet, also called “Rosto de Cão” (Dog’s Face).

    • Geothermal Observatory of the Azores

      – Then we will head towards Lagoa to visit the Monitoring Centre for Volcanology and Geothermal Energy of the Azores (OVGA). This is a science centre about volcanology, seismology and geothermal energy.

      – There, you will learn more about the formation of the islands and the volcanic phenomena of the Azores archipelago.

    • Lunch at a Local Restaurant

      – Experience some of the most delicious traditional dishes the Azores has to offer. We will have lunch at one of the local restaurants on the island.

    • Pico da Barrosa

      – After lunch, we will head to Pico da Barrosa. It is a wonderful viewpoint, one of the few where you can see both North and South sides of São Miguel island.

      – It offers an astonishing view from where you can also have a first sight over the magical Fogo Volcano and Lake.

    • Caldeira Velha

      – We will then drive to Caldeira Velha, a warm iron-rich waterfall. There, you can go for a dip to experience a relaxing bath surrounded by nature.

      – Swimming in any of the several hot natural pools at Caldeira Velha will give you the impression that you are in the middle of a tropical forest.

    • Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande

      – We will keep the beautiful spots coming with a visit to the Calderas of Ribeira Grande. There, you can truly see a proof of the present volcanic activity.

    • Ribeira Seca

      – On the way back to Ponta Delgada, we will make a final stop at Ribeira Seca. There, we will visit the fountain of Largo de São Pedro, built during the 16th century.

      – This is a unique vestige of the old settlement that was destroyed by the eruption of 1563.

    Departure Point

    Portas do Mar, Shop 26 Ponta Delgada Harbor São Miguel Island, 9500-771 Ponta Delgada

    Departure Time

    Please select a date on the calendar on the top right hand side of this program page and check the available schedule.

    Return Point

    Returns to the original departure point or the drop of point you indicate during the checkout process

  • Azores Travel Experts

    Largest tour operator in the Azores with 30 years of experience

  • Environmental Education

    At Futurismo, we think that educating and raising awareness among the young ones is very important for the future

  • Friendly Help

    We’re here to make your experience incredible. Reach us by phone, email, or WhatsApp

  • Helping Social Solidarity Institutions

    Apart from being a responsible tour operator, we also have a social commitment with many local organizations

  • Plan your Geo Tour around São Miguel Island

    What to bring?

    • Comfortable light clothes
    • Sweater, raincoat
    • Sunscreen, hat and backpack
    • Swimsuit & towel
    • Water and snacks

    Advisory

    • You can book for fewer people. If the minimum is not met on that daym tou can reschedule, assume the full value of the experience (6 people) or cancel at least 48 hours beforehand

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    F.A.Q.s

    Are there any pickup and drop off locations I can use?

    Yes, please check the Departure and Return section presented on every tour.

    Can I cancel my tour reservation and have a full refund?

    Yes, you can check our detailed cancellation and refund policies per tour on each tour page, under “Good to Know” section

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    How long is a Geotourism tour?

    Please check each tour duration info.

    I am pregnant but I would like to do this activity. Is it possible?

    We recommend that you consult your physician first because of the thermal baths in some tours.

    Is this an adventure kind of tour?

    It is a great adventure, but not physically demanding.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the best weather to do Geotourism in Azores?

    Some rain can be nice to be at the perfect temperature at the thermal baths.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

    Are the entrance fees of Gruta do Carvão, OVGA, Caldeira Velha and the bill of the lunch already included in the price of the tour?

    Yes, all you have to pay is the price indicated on this page, every other necessary expense is included in the price.

    I am claustrophobic, is the guided visit to Gruta do Carvão really technical?

    The guided visit into the cave will be approximately 30-40 minutes, covering about 200m of the lava tunnel with a guide. In this short visit, you will stay relatively close to the entrance of the cave (maximum 200m), and there will be no very technical parts during the exploration.

    Will I be able to swim in Fogo lake?

    No, Fogo Lake is a natural reserve, and for natural preservation purposes, it is not authorized to bathe in the lake.

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