TOUR DURATION: 6 hours or during the ship stay.
Pick up at the seapier where your ship ataches, drive from the South coast to the North coast towards Fire Lake. We will start going up the mountain of Pico da Barrosa to see the Fire Lake. First stop is at the Salto do Cabrito waterfall and surroundings.
Then we will stop at Caldeira Velha park. There will be a short walk in and out of the park for photo oportunity, WC area if needed. At this Park you can see the warm waterfall, a hot spring, and very exotic scenery, where many Australian Tree Ferns grow (totaly may take around 15 to 20 minutes). After that stop, we will drive to the first view and stop to see the emerald green Fire Lake. Then drive to the higher view, almost at the highest point of Barrosa mountain, to see the Fire Lake from another perspective. From that view you can also see the South and the North coast at the same time (the most flat and thinner area of the Sao Miguel island) and also a opportunity to see (at 947m altitude / around 3000 feet) your ship at the seapier of Ponta Delgada. From there we will go down Barrosa Mountain to the South coast. After drive down to stop at the viewpoint on the South coast at Praia do Degredo viewpoint. On one side you will see a waterfall right beside a beach, and the other side the islet of Vila Franca do Campo. Then we will drive to stop at a viewpoint of Nossa Senhora da Paz to see the Vila Franca do Campo islet and visit the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Paz. Then drive down through Vila Franca do Campo town in the direction of Lombadas Valley. Drive up to Lombadas Valley through pasture areas and through forest areas until we stop and see on the top of the mountain the Lombadas waterfall and nature protected reservate area.
We will slowly drive down to see Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande and stop for the WC, coffee and see some hot springs including another area where they also cook food underneath the earth, and its surroundings. Then when everyone is ready we will drive to see Ponta do Cinturão (north coast cliffs and coast line). If time permits we will stop and see Ribeira Grande city center and walk around (liquor tasting, church, city center OR Santa Barbara surfing beach). After that we will check the time and determine what more you can fit or what is the client’s mood. During the Tour there will be always WC stops, and in the middle of this Tour a stop to drink and eat depending how long is your ship stays here that day, and what the clients feel like doing.
Note: Sao Miguel island weather may affect this itinerary and alternate sites may be visited if necessary.