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A true Island Odyssey | Ribeira Funda

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A true Island Odyssey | Ribeira Funda

Hiking Tour to Ribeira Funda – Full day

Sao Miguel island

At Coroa da Mata, amidst rows of hydrangeas, the Ponta do Cintrão enters the sea in an aftermath of colors confronting land and water.

Then we find the streams that lead us, as before, to impressive ruins, once places filled with life, among the endemic vegetation and the scent of sun-heated berries.

Passing by vineyards, old tobacco drying structures, and a secluded beach, History will walk with us along the entire way.

At last, a fishing harbor that maintains the artisanal labor, and natural swimming-pools weaved in the basaltic rocks provide the perfect dive in communion with nature.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Tour starts Ponta Delgada
  • Minimum age 8
  • Season Availabe in all season
  • Distance 5 Km
  • Duration 6H 30M
  • 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

    There is so much to discover along the North coast of São Miguel island!

    And in this trail is all about water.

    Indeed, you will pass by rivers, waterfalls, panoramic views of the ocean, but also old water mill ruins, and other vestiges related to the importance of water.

    But this is not just a simple hiking tour. There will even be the opportunity to have a swim in the ocean, in order to refresh yourself after a good effort.

    • 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.

    • Fenais da Ajuda

      – Once ready, let’s drive eastward to reach Fenais da Ajuda, where we will begin the walking trip. On the way, we will stop by Coroa da Mata to see the beautiful view over Ponta do Cintrão.

      – Here you have a panoramic view over the largest plain on São Miguel island, where the city of Ribeira Grande is located.

    • Ribeira Funda

      – The 5km trail starts in Ribeira Funda, in front of Ermida Nossa Senhora da Aflição. We will follow the stream downwards. There, we will discover some ancient water mill ruins and the waterfall of Ribeira Funda.

    • Viola beach

      – Crossing the stream bed will lead us to the route going towards Viola beach. Then, we will take a break for our light meal and relax a bit before resuming our trip.

    • Between vineyards and tobacco productions

      – Back on the trail , you will discover some vineyards and the tobacco production area until reaching the village of Maia. We will explain you everything about them and how they impact the way of living of the local people.

    • Maia

      – The trail ends next to Maia’s fishing harbor. Feel free to take a dip in the natural pools or beach.

      – We suggest swimming at Maia beach because Viola beach can have stronger currents and for this reason it is better for people who don’t feel comfortable in the ocean.

    • 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

  • 100+ Breathtaking experiences

    Venture beyond the extraordinary. Unrivaled adventure

  • 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 Hiking Tour to Ribeira Funda – Full day

    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
    • We suggest swimming at Maia beach because Viola beach can have stronger currents and for this reason it is better for people who don’t feel comfortable in the ocean.

    Our Policies

    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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    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)

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

    We don’t recommend this tour for pregnant women.

    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 minimum number of participants?

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

    Where is the hike located?

    Fenais da Ajuda is located on the North coast, 40 minutes farther East from Ponta Delgada.

    Can I swim in the natural swimming pools in Maia?

    After the walk, you will have time for a dip before or after picnic lunch.

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