Pico da Vara Hiking Trail


We are going to the highest point of the island (1,105 m), where we have a privileged view over the whole island, on days with little cloudiness, or even a mystic experience in the Azores’ mists. On this hike, which crosses a Nature Reserve and a Protected Area for the Management of Habitats and Species, we will be travelling through a dirt trail with a landscape of great diversity, starting in a naturally shaded and flavoured Japanese cedarwood (Cryptomeria japonica) forest. We will then be passing through a typical mountain route in the Azores, with ground vegetation. This is an area with extremely rich biodiversity, that is very important for the recovery of the Laurissilva forest and the Priolo (Pyrrhula Murina), one of the few species of endemic fauna in the Azores. The majority of the route is easy to circulate, although there are some sections with greater demand due to the gain in elevation. We will be getting back through the same trail, which can be slippery, especially during Wintertime. After the hike, we will be going to the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park to enjoy, in a more relaxed way, the beauty of the natural waterfalls and of the old watermills.

Day duration: Full Day

Difficulty: Hard

Trail extension: 7 km
Lunch included

80€ per adult (from 12 years).
40€ per children (8-11 years) .
Minimum age: 8 years old.

Bring: walking boots or shoes, comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, hat, sunblock, backpack, water, swimming suit and towel.


08h30 – Meeting point (Ponta Delgada)

09h00 – Van ride to Nordeste

10h00 – Start of the trail

12h00 – Light meal

15h00 – End of the trail

15h30 – Comfort stop at Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões

16h30 – Van ride to Ponta Delgada

17h30 – Arrival at Ponta Delgada

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