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The hike of old traditions

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The hike of old traditions

Hiking Tour Sete Cidades & Back to the Roots

Sao Miguel island

This is a tour to grope and absorb with all senses, such as the tasting session that we offer halfway and the interaction with local folks in their daily chores: milking a cow or cooking in a wood oven.

The geological phenomena that formed the Sete Cidades caldera simply arose in a miracle of excellence.

That is why from a same point in the path we can, simultaneously,  look at the ocean and at the enigmatic, still waters of the lagoons; at once, we can contemplate the sea raising against the rocks and the delightful small villages ashore; at the same time, we can observe rows of houses with bread-scented smoke coming from their chimneys and the bicolored cows on the island, unbelievably balanced in sloped pastures.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Tour starts Ponta Delgada
  • Minimum age 8
  • Season Availabe in all season
  • Distance 4.8 Km
  • Duration 7H 30M
  • Includes

    • Certified guide
    • Walking sticks
    • Picnic lunch (sandwich, cake, fruit, water, juice)
    • Regional afternoon snacks
    • Pick up and drop off in Ponta Delgada (please check the Map)
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    With this tour, you will start by a beautiful hike around the wonderful region of Sete Cidades.

    The nature there is absolutely stunning. But we won’t tell you more, you have to experience it by yourself in order to realize the beauty present in São Miguel island.

    On the other part of the day, we will literally go back in time (ok, not literally, but it will really feel like it!).

    You’ll learn and experience how Azoreans used to live before, making bread or biscuits, and milking a cow with your own hands.

    • Let the adventure begin

      – After the check-in at our shop, or the pick-up in Ponta Delgada, let our adventure begin. Our guide will welcome you and lead you to one of our comfortable vehicles for a great experience.

    • Vista do Rei belvedere

      – Once ready, we will drive for about 30 minutes until reaching Vista do Rei viewpoint. This is one of the most emblematic landscapes of São Miguel.

      – The splendid panoramic view over one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal is absolutely magical. A must-see while on holidays in the Azores.

      – Its name comes from the visit of King Dom Carlos I and Queen Dona Amelia in 1901. They contemplated Sete Cidades from this very same spot.

    • Volcano’s rim

      – Next, we will start walking the dirt path along the rim of the caldera (Cumeeira Pequena).

      – The views are wide open. On the right side, there is the caldera with the twin lakes of different colors. And to the left,  the ocean and several coastal villages.

    • Lomba do Vasco

      – We will pass by Lomba do Vasco’s viewpoint and eat a light meal. That is where you will have time to relax and be amazed by the magical surrounding scenery.

    • Sete Cidades village

      – Inside the massive crater, on the southwest portion of it, lays a calm picturesque village of Sete Cidades. After lunch, we will go to there. It is common to see farmers using horses as transportation as in the “good old days”.

      – Also, located at the end of a path flanked by pine trees, we will take the chance to visit the beautifil church São Nicolau, before we go back in time.

    • Quinta das Raiadas

      – During the afternoon, we will take you to Quinta das Raiadas. There, you will learn so much about Azorean traditions and cultures.

      – You will have the opportunity to bake fresh bread or biscuits, milk a cow, and taste regional products.

      – This will be a fun day, perfect for anybody wanting to feel down to earth while connecting with nature and local traditions.

    • 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

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    What to bring?

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

    Advisory

    • If you have any food restriction, please inform us at least 48h before the tour
    • Cancellations until 72h in advance

    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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