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Lava Caving | Carvao Cave & Volcano Observatory

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Lava Caving | Carvao Cave & Volcano Observatory

GeoTourism – Carvão Cave & Volcano Observatory

Sao Miguel island

A survivor of a gigantic lava tube that once solidified from the rivers of fire that nurtured the interior of the developing island, this grotto takes us to the depths of the earth and unveils before our eyes the evidences of this process.

The information is completed at the Volcanological and Geothermal Energy Interpretative Center; what heats the earth as the blood heats our hearts.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Season Availabe in all season
  • Duration 3H
  • Includes

    • Certified guide
    • Pick up and drop off in Ponta Delgada (please check the Map)
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    This experience is all about volcanoes. For our geology lovers, you will be certainly satisfied by all the information you will get during this full day.

    You will enter a real lava cave that is right under Ponta Delgada, where a certified guide will show you the wonders of geology.

    Then, we will have some theory at the Observatory.

    The Azores were created thanks to the volcanic activity and you will soon know everything about it.

    • 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.

    • Way back home

      – At the end of this experience, we will drop you back in Ponta Delgada.

    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

    Why Futurismo

  • 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 GeoTourism – Carvão Cave & Volcano Observatory

    What to bring?

    • Comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Sweater, raincoat
    • Sunscreen, hat and backpack
    • 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 (4 people) or cancel at least 48 hours beforehand

    Good to know

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations up to 48 hours before the tour, no penalties are applied
    • Cancellations up to 24 hours: 50% of the total amount will be charged
    • Cancellations less than 24 hours or no-show: full amount will be charged
    • If the weather conditions do not allow the activity to be done safely, we will cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    Booking confirmation policy

    • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of successful booking.

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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.

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