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Climb the rooftop of São Miguel | Pico da Vara

Hiking Tour to Pico da Vara – Full day

Sao Miguel island

Do lado mais ancestral em que nasceu a ilha, fica também o seu ponto mais alto – O Pico da Vara.

Rodeado por uma flora endémica tão pujante que nos atapeta os passos e pelo absoluto silêncio que nos desenha pensamentos, atingimos o topo e envolvemos num único olhar a grandeza da ilha, em todos os seus cambiantes.

Pode-se ainda avançar em campo aberto, expondo o corpo à liberdade do planalto, por entre turbinas que captam o vento para a energia verde dos Açores, e atravessar o admirável complexo vulcânico do Nordeste.

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

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

    The Experience

    During this special hike, we will reach the highest point of São Miguel island and its most ancient side!

    Hiking Pico da Vara means visiting one of the two Natural Reserves of the island and being completely surrounded by endemic vegetation.

    This area is also very important for its natural hydric resources.

    • 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.

    • Planalto dos Graminhais

      – Once ready, we will hit the the road to Planalto dos Graminhais. It is located in the countryside of São Miguel island, at about 900m of altitude.

      – There, we are going to see the wind turbines that produce part of the green energy of the island. We will enjoy the sights of an area dedicated to the endemic vegetation protection and conservation.

    • Povoação’s caldera

      – We will pass by the volcanic complex of Nordeste. From there, we can have a look over the beautiful landscape of Povoação’s caldera.

      – This is a large volcanic depression with a diameter of about 6.5km, open to the South. There are many rivers in the bottom, creating valleys. It is estimated to be about 820,000 years old.

    • Pico da Vara

      – From the top, you can enjoy the views over São Miguel at the altitude of 1,103m above the sea level. There will take a break and rest a bit.

      – This is one of the two Natural Reserves of São Miguel island.

    • Ribeira dos Caldeirões

      – When ready, we will follow the path down and continue in direction of our last stop, the park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões – a nature park full of waterfalls.

      – The biggest waterfall is over 40 meters high and you will have the time to contemplate it and absorb this nature’s vibration.

      – Once the tour complete, we will go back to 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
    • Hiking boots or shoes
    • Water and snacks


    • 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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