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Inside a lava cave in Pico

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Inside a lava cave in Pico

Van Tour – Pico Island Lava Cave

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Underneath the island lies another underground world that crosses its interior and exhibits the evidence of an earthy, violent past, as scars that can be visited.

These landscapes, however, also mark the surface of the earth with admirable features, impossible to be found in any other area.

As Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, descend to this cave in our company:

Be astonished by the unexpected beauty found in the underground, in the uninhabited depths, and by its miracles that demonstrate the intense, eternal activity of the earth under our feet, while we move at the surface, ignoring it…

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Tour starts Lajes do Pico
  • Season Availabe in high season
  • Duration 3H 30M
  • Includes

    • Certified guide
    • Entrance & equipment to Gruta das Torres
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    The fog clears and voilà, we can glimpse Lagoa do Capitão in a wonderful setting of green tones.

    In the Azores archipelago don’t worry about the cloudy weather. If suddenly there are clouds, most days, they quickly fade and the sun shines again in some part of the island!

    On this tour we will also take you to the largest lava tunnel in Portugal. Did you know that more than 130 lava caves have been discovered on the island?

    At Gruta das Torres, observe the various types of lava and geological formations such as lava stalactites and stalagmites. It is particularly interesting because it is practically in its natural state.

    • Lajes do Pico

      – Starting our tour in Lajes do Pico, we will drive up to the highland of the island. There, one of Pico’s most beautiful lakes lies: Lagoa do Capitão.

    • Lagoa do Capitão

      – We can enjoy an excellent panorama of the stratovolcano Pico with the lake in the foreground.

      – On the other side, contemplate the wide view of the neighbor island São Jorge and the blue ocean. In the surrounding area, there are still patches of endemic vegetation.

      – At Lagoa do Capitão, there is especially a high presence of Azoren Juniper (Juniperus Brevifolia). Nowadays, a vulnerable species.

    • Pico mountain

      – Then, passing the majestic Pico mountain, we will continue in the direction of Madalena.

    • Gruta das Torres

      – When we arrive at Gruta das Torres, we will get our equipment for the upcoming underground adventure with a helmet and flashlights.

      – During the guided tour of approximately 1 hour, we will visit around 500m of the total 5,150m long lava tube.

      – The tube extends from Cabeço Bravo towards Criação Velha lava fields. Along the cavity, we will discover rare and valuable bacteria, as well as interesting formations. Namely, ropy lava, stalactites and stalagmites, side benches, and lava balls.

    • Back home

      – Back at the surface, we return to Lajes do Pico, where we will discover more about the island’s geology.

    Departure Point

    Rua dos Baleeiros, nº5, 9930-143, Lajes do Pico

    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 original departure point

    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 Van Tour – Pico Island Lava Cave

    What to bring?

    • Comfortable light clothes
    • Hiking boots or 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 (3 people) or cancel at least 48 hours beforehand
    • To visit the lava tube you should be comfortable to walk n an irregular rocky ground in an ambient with little light
    • Even though the cave has enough space to walk mostly upright, it might be a resriction for claustrophobic persons
    • Please note that, for security reasons, they do not allow the entrance in flip flops

    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

    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)

    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 minimum number of participants?

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

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