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Home at the end of the world

from afar the island of são jorge looks like a long reptile resting in the ocean, hiding mysteries, and old prohibited lovers. arriving by boat, we can see that there are some strips of land that enter the sea at the base of the cliffs caused by ancient landslides. the so-called fajãs. one of them, fajã do santo cristo (holy lord christ), remains a sacred place. unrivaled in its distance for the world. there are some trails to get there and it will depend on how tired are you (but it will worth all the effort). the easiest (and perhaps least tiring) is the track that comes out of the neighboring fajã, the fajã dos cubres. from there we only rely on our strength. unfortunately, some motorcycles make the way which is clearly contributing to he pollution and decharacterization of the trail. on arrival, although there are more and more tourists, we are dazzled by that mixture of gross dark green nature and the calm of the lagoon followed by an infinite atlantic. the ecosystem …

Light your spirit, drink pico

pico winery landscape was in 2004 elevated to world heritage. it’s breathless when we are the bottom of the mountain with all that green limited by the natural vegetation and by the bold black basalt boundaries around the winery. we visited the interpretation center at lajido of santa luzia where we were very kindly received by the staff. the center is a recovered warehouse that has a permanent exhibition on pico’s wine history and traditions. by the end of the visit, a wine tasting (even if it was before 11am) proved why those are wines exported for all the world, and in times, were the czars’ best choice. not so far from there, enjoy the vineyards landscape at criação velha; at some spots the circulation is free and you can walk around and appreciate the mixture of scents from sea/earth/vineyards. it’s also mandatory to explore the museum of wine at madalena. the place is somehow magic by its localization and local history – an old carmelites property – the vineyards, the volcanic scent, the rough faial-pico channel, the endless atlantic and …

Up in the air

be amazed, there’s more beyond infinity… when we started this journey, none of us could imagine what to expect. we already had seen photos and read stories from other travelers going up the highest mountain in portugal – the pico island – but, we guess that there always a sense of unreality until we experience it. a fearless 4-hour expedition through a harsh and paradoxical beautiful trail until we got to the top of the mountain.  pico going small at our bottom and the faithful faial as a companion minimized our breathless and fatigued body. at the top of the mountain, a moon-like crater. but then, we look up and there’s more. a little summit – the real challenge, but it deserves the last effort. from there the view is unimaginable. surrounded by clouds, playing hide and seek with us, we stayed amazed with the never-ending atlantic and the rest of central groups islands by our foot. the incomprehensible feeling of fullness and abundance it’s not enough to describe what we felt. going down is worse …

As fire upon us

the lagoa do fogo (lagoon of fire) has its own micro climate and its usually difficult to see all of its splendor in a cloudy day. nonetheless its beauty gains a mysterious aura transporting us to a suspense scenario of what we are getting behind each cloud. you can wait seated at one of the hill and be surprised at each instance. we decided to do the small walking trail by one of the lagoon edges but right down the water we realized that we hadn’t appropriate shoes to keep going and had to abort our walk. for sure, a thing to do next time there. s.miguel, azores | april 2016

Deep blue

nordeste was during many years called the 10th island of the archipelago due its geographic and social isolation. nowadays things are changing, but it continues to be the most untouched area of the island where its impossible don’t be amazed by the intense meeting of the endless atlantic blue and the luxurious green of the island. s.miguel, azores | april 2016