Walking in the

Azores Islands

8 DAY / 7 NIGHT TRIP
Explore The Triangle of the Atlantic
Pico, São Jorge and Faial Islands 
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Walking

Imagine an archipelago in the Atlantic where the volcanic mountains covered in lush vegetation rise above the clouds and the waterfalls gush from great height. This is a place where large lagoons of emerald green waters and ancient volcanic craters are of a unique beauty. A destination where you can swim in natural pools in the middle of the ocean as well as come close to the great whales that travel the sea.

Suitable for people of all walking abilities - together we will explore the beautiful islands of Pico, São Jorge and Faial located in the center of the archipelago.

Connection

The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, is a breathtaking archipelago made up of 9 volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic. The Triangle of Faial in the foreground, Pico in the background and to the right, and to the left, stretching between the sea and the sky... São Jorge. Dissimilar and each unique on its own, they are all part of the whole. Their closeness and the numerous maritime links between them, makes this "Triangle" a fascinating, surprising destination.

 

Itinerary

Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

Day 1

Pico Island - The Mountain Island

Welcome to the Azores! 

Gather in the late afternoon to meet your fellow travelers and Portuguese guide, Francisco Mendonca, for dinner at your charming hotel. The Aldeia da Fonte hotel is you haven with volcanic stone cottages among lush gardens, it peers into the Atlantic. Halfway between the Old and New World, the hotel is integrated flawlessly into the landscape before a backdrop of the volcano, Ponta do Pico. Pico is referred to as the Ilha Preta "Black Island" for its black volcanic earth, and it is home to UNESCO historical vineyards.

Accommodation: Aldeia da Fonte Hotel - 1st of 3 nights

Day 2

The Whaling Life of Pico

Though the battle between man and whale is now ended, it was once an integral part of culture on the island, and it has left its mark. We will learn about that culture and the rich marine ecosystem around the island of Pico with a visit to the Museum of Whalers, before setting off for a whale-watching excursion. With more than 20 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise inhabiting the waters around Pico Island, or passing through along their migratory routes, we are sure to see some activity.

 

For a taste of the local culture - we will enjoy an authentic lunch of locally sourced products.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation​: Aldeia da Fonte Hotel - 2nd of 3 nights

Day 3

Pico Island

Today beings with a walk along a forest footpath which leads to the remains of abandoned vineyard corrals and carved stone bridges. This path was once the main link to Ponta da Ilha and passes by a once-thriving butter factory which still houses butter-making equipment. We will end the walk along the coastline before heading to the largest lava tunnel in Portugal. You will be amazed by the impressive forces that excavated this tunnel over 1500 years ago and the spectacular beauty it left behind.

In the late afternoon, we will visit the famous vineyards of the Verdelho wine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sample the wine produced from such harsh basaltic earth. We will follow this with a delicious gastronomic experience, as the Azores have gained quite a reputation for the unique Atlantic cuisine.

 

Accommodation​: Aldeia da Fonte​ Hotel - 3rd of 3 nights

Day 4

São Jorge Island - The Island of Fajãs

Today we cross the beautiful channel that separates Pico from the island of São Jorge by ferry. We will visit the Nunes family from the Fajã dos Vimes, a traditional farming community, recognized for the amazing coffee grown here as well as the quilts and artisanal textiles produced in the community using ancient techniques on wooden looms.

We will then visit the only private cheese factory of São Jorge. A family-owned company that raises their own cows in the pasture on the property. A real farm to table experience of the highest quality.

 

At dinner we will reflect on the day and the people we met along the way with a beautiful view of Pico volcano.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Make It Happen* - 1st of 2 nights

Day 5

São Jorge Island

This morning, we head to the northern side of the island and begin our walk with a view of two neighboring islands on the horizon - the beautiful Graciosa and the much larger Terceira. We will descend toward sea level along a gentle sloping scenic trail.

 

We arrive at the austere Faja do Mero.​ Here we find that the traditional architecture and primitive farming techniques have been preserved. Lunch will be waiting for us at the house of a local farmer/fisherman. We will taste local delicacies; fish caught on the island, cheese, bread, local wine and liqueurs. Before dinner, we will have time for a short walk to the most beautiful oceanic pool in the Azores.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Make It Happen* - 2nd of 2 nights

Day 6

Faial Island - The Blue Island

Today we venture to Faial Island the beautiful city of Horta. Nicknamed "The Blue Island" because of the ubiquitous hydrangea blooms that frame houses, separate fields and border the roadways. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the town and its famous harbor, before meeting back up at Peter Cafe Sport, an institution in the town.

Accommodation: Hotel do Canal - 1st of 2 nights​

Day 7

Faial Island

The day starts with a view from Faial Island's central volcano caldera, which created the island and now hosts rare populations of endemic flora of the Azores. Standing in this environment it is impossible to not feel small in the face of the crater surrounding us.

Our meandering hike is under a beautiful forest canopy from which we can view the alignment of volcanic cones of the “Capelo”. We will visit the impressive Capelinhos Volcano, that last erupted in September 1957, adding more than 2.5 km of territory to the island. We will stop by the fabulous Interpretation Center which has been excavated in the hardened lava to learn about the living forces that give rise to the archipelago.

 

Our final dinner together will be a magnificent gastronomic experience in one of the most exquisite restaurants in the Azores. Restaurant owner, Genuíno Madruga, has circumnavigated the world solo twice, which has earned him immense respect among sailors. Aside from being a true yachtsman, he is a Fishing Master, and he invites us to dine on the best that these rich ocean waters have to offer. Cheers!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel do Canal​ - 2nd of 2 nights

Day 8

Farewell to the Azores

Today we not only say farewell to Faial but to each other. We hope your adventure leaves you with special memories that last for a lifetime...

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Meals included: Breakfast

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