EXPEDITION | SAO MIGUEL ISLAND

SÃO MIGUEL ACTIVE TOUR

We would like to offer our clients a different way of experiencing the Green Island. We know that activities in the great outdoors, in some of the islands most beautiful and hidden spots, will allow nature lovers one of the best ways to discover this island. The program includes a balance of activities for beginners and intermediates, with no previous experience necessary. Our clients will enjoy amazing outdoor adventures, coupled with full logistical support and the home comforts of a guest house or local hotel for most of the nights. Please click the link below for our introductory video.

PROGRAM 8 Days & 7 Nights

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL.

Transfer from the airport to the accommodation place. Welcome meeting.

DAY 2 – HIKE TO LAGOA DO FOGO (FIRE LAKE) MOUNTAIN (Full Day – 8 hours)

Fire Lake mountain is a protected area in S.Miguel island due to its unique volcanic landscape, endemic and native forest and as an important supply of fresh water for the population.

Our clients can expect to hike along a mix of wild trails and rustic farm tracks. The total hike is 18 km. The highlight will be reaching the summit of Pico da Vela – 820m in height – with a unique view of the volcanic Fire Lake. After 12 km we will make a short transfer to Lombadas Valley, where we will hike for another 6 km finishing on the north side of the lake. 

DAY 3 – BIKING + OCEAN KAYAKING (Full Day – bike ride: 2.5 hours; kayak: 3 hours)

After the pick up we will drive to the Nature Reserve Park of Pinhal da Paz where we will start the 27 km morning biking tour. It is an easy-medium difficulty bike ride in the inner part of the island and also includes some coastal views. Ending at St.Vicente port, we will have a break and enjoy the picnic lunch before the next adventure.

The kayak tour will start from S.Vicente and goes in the direction of Morro das Capelas which is a small, old volcano attached to the main island. Enjoy different perspectives of the coast, visit some caves and snorkel (depending on the ocean conditions). The kayak tour is 5 km.

DAY 4 – ADVENTURE CANYONING TOUR + CAMPING (Full Day – Canyoning: 6 hours)

We will start the day earlier and we can expect an adventurous canyoning tour, of medium level, with rappelling, zip lining, rock slides and jumps. Be ready to see the really wild nature of the island, visiting places that are only possible to see whilst canyoning. Afterwards, we will drive you to Nordeste where you will spend the night in a forest campsite. We will set up the tents and prepare a delicious outdoor dinner – hot soup / barbecue. You are welcome to be part of the preparations or just enjoy your time to relax.

Remarks :

  1.  To each client/couple/family we will allocate a private tent.
  2.  The client has the possibility to choose a local accommodation/hotel. Please consider the attached list for possibilities and costs.

DAY 5 – BIKING + HIKING + FURNAS CAMPING (Full Day – bike ride: 2 hours; hike: 3 hours)

We will start in Tronqueira with an easy bike ride towards Povoação – 23 km. From Povoação each client can choose between two possibilities :

Option A: 7 km hike tour to Ribeira Quente/Furnas; OR

Option B: Enjoy the rest of the day at Ribeira Quente village where it is possible to swim or just spend some more time in Furnas.

At Furnas we will stop at the campsite where the tents will already be set up. After resting, having a shower etc, we will enjoy a visit to the springs/lake/village. The barbecue will be prepared at the campsite by one of our guides. After the barbecue it is time to enjoy a night at the hot springs at one of the local spots.

Remarks :

  1. To each client/couple/family we will allocate a private tent.
  2. The client has the possibility to choose a local accommodation/hotel. Please consider the attached list for possibilities and costs.

 

DAY 6 – OPTIONAL DAY

This is an optional day. You can choose, while booking, one of the possibilities below. Please see the attachment price list for relevant extra costs.

– Free day;

– Morning with Whale watching from Ponta Delgada;

– Half day visit to Sete Cidades. We include a 5 km hike and stops at some of the most known viewpoints in the area.

Please Note: On day 7 we will also be visiting Sete Cidades, however since some of our clients may want to spend more time in this location, this option will also be available on this day.

DAY 7 – COASTEERING + VISIT TO SETE CIDADES (Half Day + Evening – Coasteering: 3 hours)

We will take you to the coasteering spot in Caloura where you will enjoy a wild adventure by the Ocean – you will swim, scramble, jump and dive.

Free afternoon.

In the evening we will visit Sete Cidades to enjoy the sunset. Sete Cidades is one of the biggest calderas in the Azores and is part of a dormant polygenetic volcano. The dramatic landscape, the lakes and the craters with just a human touch, makes this a unique place and one of the biggest attractions of the island.

We will finish our week and adventures with a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. 

DAY 8 – DEPARTURE.

Transfer to the airport.

  • All Transfers to the activities and accommodation places (including to and from the airport).

  • Accommodation at local Hotels / Guest-houses.

  • Welcome Meeting.

  • All the material / equipment for the activities. We include also the camping equipment, except for the sleeping bags.

  • All the logistics.

  • 2 to 3 certified guides.

  • Photos and Videos.

  • Picnics and snacks for the Full Day tours (days 2, 3, 4 and 5), barbecues (days 4 and 5), farewell dinner (day 7), and breakfast (all days).

  • All the entrances.

  • Obligatory Insurances.

  • Light and comfortable clothes including raincoat, wind protection, swimwear and hat;
  • Outdoor shoes (biking, hiking, walking);
  • Sunblock and sunglasses;
  • Personal water bottle;
  • Small backpack (for one day hikes and biking);
  • Towels;
  • Sleeping bag, small torch, flip-flops and other personal equipment you think is needed for camping;
  • Personal medication (if needed).
  • For the first 3 nights you will stay at : CASA DO MONTE, CAPELAS.

  • In the 4th and 5th nights you will be camping at Nordeste and Furnas, respectively.

  • For the remaining 6th and 7th nights you will stay at : MARINA LOUNGE HOSTEL.

    • If you decided for the option not to camp during the 4th night you will stay at : THE LINCE HOTEL.

    • If you decided for the option not to camp during the 5th night you will stay at : HOTEL VALE VERDE.

  • Minimum people required to to start the excursion : 2 people.

  • Minimum age: 14 years old. Clients under the age of 18 years old must be under the responsibility of an adult.

  • It is not necessary to have previous experience in any of the activities included in the program. However, the client should: enjoy the outdoors; be in good physical shape; know how to swim and know how to ride a bicycle.

  • To confirm your reservation we will need a 15% deposit in advance. This value is non-refundable if the client decides to cancel. The remaining cost should be paid one month before arrival.

  • If the client needs or wishes to, it is possible to skip one day of the program. Please contact us beforehand to confirm new prices.

  • Please request your options at least 30 days before the excursion so we can guarantee your places.
  • Fun Activities Azores Adventure reserves the right to make cancellations/reschedules based on:
  1. Unexpected weather conditions or other reasons considered relevant for the safety of our customers and staff. Customers will be able to reschedule the excursion.
  2. If the number of participants does not reach the minimum required to start the excursion. Customers will be able to reschedule the excursion or receive a full refund.
  3. If the participants are not eligible for the activity, regarding the minimum requirements or innapropriate conduct/behavior. There will be no Refund.

 

OBS : If you’re trying to make a reservation for a large group or if you have any special requirements, please contact us to request a quote and/or customising your trip.

Mid Season – From March to June and October to November

  • Price per person: 1300€
  • Option Whale Watching: + 55€
  • Option Sete Cidades: + 55€
  • Option Accommodation 4th night: approximate price 55€. Please contact us for exact prices.
  • Option Accommodation 5th night: approximate price 30€. Please contact us for exact prices.

 

High Season – From July to September

  • Price per person: 1480€
  • Option Whale Watching: + 55€
  • Option Sete Cidades: + 55€
  • Option Accommodation 4th night: ‘guide’ price 60€. Please contact us for exact prices.
  • Option Accommodation 5th night: ‘guide’ price 30€. Please contact us for exact prices.