Azores Adventures – Futurismo

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Fajã dos Cubres

– We will then go to the north coast. There, we can enjoy breathtaking views over the northern cliffs and Fajã dos Cubres, as well as the Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo. Both formed by landslides in 1757, during the strongest earthquake ever felt in the Azores.

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Fajã dos Vimes

– São Jorge has many “fajãs” (flat platforms formed by lava or landslides) along the coast. One of them, Fajã dos Vimes, has Europe’s exclusive commercial coffee plantations. – After seeing how the plants grow, we will have the chance to taste this exquisite coffee.

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Urzelina

– Urzelina is on the islands’ south coast. There, we will hear the fascinating story about the little parish’s church tower. In fact, the building was spared from the lava flow of the last eruption happening on the island in 1808.

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Local cheese factory

– This is where we produce the most famous cheese of the Azores. The cheese from São Jorge is of raw milk, from grass-fed cows on the island. The maturing process of this cheese can be from 3 to 12 months.

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Ferry trip

– From the harbor of Madalena or São Roque, we will take the ferry to Velas. It takes about 1h20 or 45 minutes respectively. Once on the island, we start to explore São Jorge aboard a comfortable van.

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The way back

– After this beautiful hike, you can stay a little bit longer to discover the town of Horta on your own. Otherwise, you can take the ferry back to Pico right away.

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The Rim of the Caldeira

– We will drive up to the rim of the Caldeira, to the 2.5h walking trail circling the cauldron. Caldeira rises up to 1,043m (3,422ft). It was in 1972 the first nature reserve of the Azores due to the luxurious and well-preserved Laurissilva present there. – We will wander through hedges of hydrangeas. On a beautiful day,…

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The descent

– The trail is a steep and narrow dirt track passing by different biotopes covered with dense vegetation. We will reach the bottom of the crater 400m deeper, surrounded by gigantic, almost vertical green-covered walls. – There, we will encounter perfect silence and a hidden waterfall. The descent takes an average of 1.5h and the…

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Rim of the Caldeira

– We will have a short briefing before entering the giant crater of 2km in diameter. Caldeira is a Nature Reserve, the perfect place for nature lovers. – The descent starts from an altitude of 1,000m to one of the most stunning and major volcanic “cauldrons” of the Azores. The nature reserve is full of…

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