All posts tagged: walking trail

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

Route of Tea Gorreana

starting at gorreana tea factory (s.miguel, azores) this trail that you can easily do in 2/3 hours along 6km throught tea plantations, pastureland and japanese red cedars is a striking route reflecting not only the green but also the relation of men in exploring the richness of the earth to cultivate tea and feed cattle. at the end of the trail you arrive to “casa do mirante”, a ruined house, from which you get a superb view over the north coast of the island. time to go down, and try a tea at the factory to restore strength to continue exploring s.miguel. s.miguel, azores | may 2015