Shore Excursion # 1 - Furnas Crater Lake & Fire Crater Lake
Path of Shore Excursion # 1 - Furnas Crater Lake & Fire Crater Lake
TOUR DURATION: 6 hours or during your ship stay.
Pick up at the sea pier after the ship is fully atached.
Drive from the South coast to the North coast towards the Fire Lake direction.
Start going up the mountain of Pico da Barrosa to go to see the Fire Lake, our first stop is at Caldeira Velha Park (entrance fee not included), short walk and photo stop around 15 to 20 minutes with WC area there, see the warm iron waterfall, hot spring and exotic scenery, with many Australian Tree Ferns.
See Salto Cabrito waterfall, an area much more excluded from the normal tourist atractions or even bus excursions. The drive to see this area is quite an adventure down and narrow off road. Reaching the bottom, the area looks like a rain forest , with pratically less then a 5 min mild walk to see and apreciate the refresring Salto Cabrito waterfall.
Then drive to the first view to see the magical emerald green Fire Lake.
After that view drive to the other view, almost at the highest point to see the Fire Lake from another perspective; from that view you can see to the South and the North coast at the same time (the thinnest area of the island) with the opportunity to see at 947m / around 3000 feet altitude) your ship at the pier.
Then drive down towards Furnas direction, but first stop at the viewpoint on the South coast at Caloura view point.
Then drive through Vila Franca do Campo town (the first capital of the island, before the earthquake in 1522). Getting closer to Furnas area, we will drive down to or in the crater of Furnas passing and seeing the Furnas Lake.
We will stop at a view beside Furnas Lake to see the lake and all the splendid greenery around it.
Drive to Furnas village and stop at the main hot springs and thermal water springs called Caldeiras”.
Later, we will drive up and out of the crater of Furnas to the viewpoint to see all the Furnas Volcanic Crater (lake and village) called Pico do Ferro”.
From there we will drive to the Tea Plantation/Factory Goreana (see the tea plantation fields, factory with explanation, and have a free taste of green and black tea).
Then we drive to the viewpoint Miradouro de Santa Iria to see the North coast, after that it will be time to go back to your cruise ship.
During the Tour there will be always WC stops, and in the middle of this Tour a stop to drink and eat depending how long is your ship stays here that day, and what the clients feel like doing.
Note: Sao Miguel island weather may affect this itinerary and alternate sites may be visited if necessary.