We will be hiking to the highest peak of São Miguel island, Pico da Vara (1103 meters), in an amazing natural reserve in Lands of Priolo, a protected area where you can find a native bird, the Azores Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula murina". Of all places in the planet, this bird only exists in this part of the island! Along the way, we will also have the opportunity to see and enjoy some native flora of the Laurel Forest, water streams, small waterfalls and even natural water pools, which you can jump into if you are courageous enough. At the top you'll be amazed by the stunning views, if the weather helps. After the hike, we will go for a bath in a natural hot water pool. This hike is around 12 Km. I would say it’s a medium / difficult hike, mostly due to a 3 km steep section. The whole experience will take 8 to 9 hours: Hike – 5 to 6 hours Bath in a hot water pool – 1 hour Driving from and to Ponta Delgada – 2 hours
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We will be exploring the oldest side of São Miguel island, hiking to the highest peak, which is inside of a natural park. After the trail we will go to an natural hot water pool in central area of the island.
Bring extra clothes & footwear to change into after the activity. The weather changes a lot, be prepared for any kind of weather. Trail difficulty is medium high, the extra effort is well worthed.
Get to the top - Hike to Pico da Vara