Full Day Pico da Vara Hiking Tour with Lunch

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What To Expect

Go on a journey that will take you through mountains, lakes, volcanic formations and the wonders of nature!

Highlights

  • Sightings of the beautiful flora and fauna in Sao Miguel Island

  • Hike through the diverse ecosystem of the island, which is home to rare and endangered creatures

  • Climb to the top of Pico da Vara, the highest point in the island!

Specifications

Type:
Day Tours from Sao Miguel Island
Departs From:
Ponta Delgada
Meeting Point:
Hotel Marina Atlantico, Av. Joao B. Mota Amaral, 9500-150 Ponta Delgada
Duration:
6 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily at 9:00 AM
Product Code:
13345
Voucher info:
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Description

Pico da Vara is the highest mountain in Sao Miguel Island, and a cradle of astonishing biodiversity. The mountain is home to the largest remaining stand of the laurisilva forest, the natural habitat of the endangered Azores Bullfinch. If you're lucky, you might catch a sighting of this beautiful bird on our hiking tour!

Feel like you are expoloring many different lands as we navigate through the diverse ecosystems of the island! We begin in the parish of Algarvia, with a slope of 700 meters. Go through a forest of cryptomeria, then see Povocao, the historical arrival point of the first settlers to this island in the 15th century. Afterwards feel like you are entering a savanna as we walk to a trail with grasses and short vegetation, which is the origin of its name, Graminhais.

From here we will hike upwards to the peak of Pico da Vara, which is 1105 meters above sea level!

On our descent, we will pass by the Goreana Tea Factory, the oldest tea factory in Sao Miguel Island. Using only the finest and rare tea leaves endemic to the land, Goreana Tea Factory uses artisan farming methods to create the most eclectic tea on the planet. Since the Azores Islands are free from the pollution like the rest of the world, their teas are 100 percent fresh, organic and immaculate.

Our hike slows down and becomes more relaxing as we descend the same way back to the starting place. Take this opportunity to admire the scenery and bask in bliss, in a paradise where all of your cares will disappear and your mind will be transported to ethereal places.

Itinerary

09:00 - Briefing at Tour Office

10:00 - Beginning of the trail in the Algarvia

12:00 - Picnic lunch

13:30 - End of trail

14:00 - Gorreana tea factory tour

15:30 - Arrival at Ponta Delgada and end of activity

Includes

  • 7-kilometer hike with 400-meter slope

  • Roundtrip transfers from meeting point to Pico da Vara

  • Picnic lunch

  • Certified guide

  • Insurance

Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Participants must be at least 8 years old to join this tour. Those below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or bring written permission.

  • We require you to wear walking shoes or hiking boots, comfortable clothing and bring a jacket, extra shirt, bottled water, sunscreen, hat and backpack. You may also bring walking poles and gaiters.

  • This is a challenging hike. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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