• Azores

The Triangle of the Atlantic – Pico, São Jorge and Faial – 14 Days – 10% Discount if Booking Until March 15th

  • Type: Walk Azores
  • Duration: 14
  • Price from: 3300€

Walk Hike Portugal is pleased to introduce and invite you to visit with us the spectacular Triangle of the Central Group of the Azores Archipelago. What we propose is a trip to the 3 islands that make up this triangle, the Pico, São Jorge and Faial.

Let’s start by Pico, populated in the 15th century, this has always been an island dominated by titans, from the powerful volcano of Pico on land, to the indomitable sperm whales in the sea. In the middle were the local people, who with their courage and stubbornness succeeded in making these lands their home. Not only they transformed the barren basaltic rock from the bowels of the earth into fertile ground where one of the most genuine wines we can drink, the Verdelho, was born, as they fought fierce battles with the sperm whales, extracting the fuel necessary for their survival. We will climb the one that is the 5th greater volcano of the Atlantic and the third greater peak to be born in the ocean, where the views in its summit will leave us marvelous. For a day, our hikers will be sailors and will sail in these waters full of life, to meet one or more of these giants. We will know and understand the exciting history of the “Verdelho”, how from the Basalt wine was made and in the end we will drink it. All this accompanied by imposing landscapes and good local food and culture.

Next is São Jorge. Its forested cliffs are legendary, just as legendary is the resilience of its people, because if there are people who have suffered with the impressive forces that shaped these islands is the one of São Jorge. The Fajãs, small coastal shelves of hard lava with nutrient rich soils and gigantic escarpments on its back, are the soul of this island. It was here that the first settlements were born and it was also here that their closed and isolated culture borne. It will be from Fajã to Fajã that we will hike. We will get to know these people and their unique customs. We will taste their food, still picked today and grown by themselves and drink their local specialties. It is perhaps here that we will feel with more nearness the true pulsar of the Azorean soul, thanks to the 5 hikes that we will make here, by mountains, valleys, cascades, streams and cliffs of incredible beauty.

We will finish in Faial, where its beautiful capital, the city of Horta, has always had a great geostrategic importance, gaining its place in history with the aeronautics and navy industries. It is also between 1893 and 1969 that the city becomes an important intercontinental communications center, linking Europe to America. However, it is not only this interesting and beautiful city that we are going to visit in Faial. If in Pico we climb to the summit of a great volcano, here, in reverse direction, we will descend more than 400m to the crater of another. We will visit the Capelinhos, a volcano that in September of 1957 erupted, adding more than 2.5 km2 of territory to the island and made possible, for the first time in the history of modern volcanology, the study of an underwater volcano in all its stages of development. We will also meet its impact on the region, as well as all the entrails of these lands shaped by fire, on the visit to the fabulous Interpretation Center, all of it excavated in time-hardened lava.

Welcome to the Central Triangle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Pico – Day 1 – Welcome Day

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In this first day on the island of Pico, in addition to the journey of about 40 km in the connection between the airport and Aldeia da Fonte, our hikers, after having settled, will have the opportunity to enjoy the two magnificent swimming pools, one of them in the ocean with a spectacular setting. It will be in this magnificent spot where we will stay overnight in the next 4 days. Lunch will also be at Aldeia da Fonte.

After a well-deserved rest, dinner will be at a local restaurant, run by the Association of Artisan Fishing Owners of Pico Island. Definitely a good choice for eating one of the many fish dishes typical of the Azores.

Details

 

Beginning of the Activities: Depending of the flights arrival timing.

Duration: 40 minutes from airport to the Aldeia da Cuada

Pico – Day 2 – The Whale World in the Pico Island

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Azores

The island of Pico is one of the places of the world with greater tradition in the centenary and extinct industry of the whaling with rowboats. That is why it is an inescapable subject. In this sense, this second day is dedicated to these magnificent colossus of the sea and the men who with these fought epic battles. Even before we set out on the sea in a semi-rigid boat prepared for Whale Watching activity, our hikers, who will be sailors today, will receive a briefing, where they will learn about the rich marine ecosystem where the island of Pico is located, besides of course, of all the indications on the sea tour of about 3 hours that awaits them.

Lunch will be inside a space that reproduces the traditional whaling architectural and where the food is made with local produce. After the meal, a visit to the Museum of the Whalers, where our hikers, sorry, sailors, will be able to find out about this hard and dangerous activity, which was one of the economic strongholds of the all-region.

The rest of the afternoon will be a tour of several sites that were important in the whale industry, such as a watchtower, still used today for the detection of cetaceans, not for hunting but for Whale Watching activity.

Dinner will be at Aldeia da Fonte, because it is important that our hikers have a good night’s rest since in the next day they will make the ascent to the Pico volcano.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 09:00 am

Duration of the Experiences:  All day

Pico – Day 3 – Climbing to the Summit of the Atlantic 

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This will be a memorable day for all our hikers as it is not every day that you climb to the top of the 5th largest volcano in the Atlantic Ocean, Pico. The day begins before the sun rises. The ascent starts at about 900m altitude and we will reach the top at 2,351m, about 4 hours later. At the summit the views are breathtaking and if the clouds allow we can see the remaining 4 islands that together with Pico, make up the Central Group.

The descent will take about 3 hours and the well-deserved and fair rest will be in Aldeia da Fonte, where a sea bath and / or pool awaits us. The rest of the day will be spent here as well the dinner.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 05:30 am

Duration of the Hike: 7 hours

Difficulty: Hard(Hard)

Pico – Day 4 – And From the Basalt, the Verdelho Wine Was Born

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Azores

We start the 4th and last day on the island of Pico on a visit to the largest lava tunnel in Portugal, with 5,150m and the 5th largest in Europe. Although this guided tour takes place only in the first 500m, the scenery that surrounds us is spectacular. While the guide explains several interesting details, we cannot fail to impress by the forces that excavated this tunnel in pure basaltic rock.

After this visit to the bowels of the earth, we will visit the famous vineyards of the Verdelho wine, World Heritage by UNESCO and realize how it is possible to grow a vineyard of unique characteristics in the barren basaltic stone. The oceanic pools, right in front of these vineyards, with the island of Faial ahead are our next destination, where our hikers can bathe in the warm and transparent waters of this part of the Atlantic. It will also be here that we will make our picnic.

The Wine Museum will be our next goal. Here we will know the origin and history of the Verdelho wine, inseparable from the history of the island of Pico itself. We will also know a little more about the culture of these rude people, who, against unimaginable forces, have been able to shape and bring life from this barren land.

A local winery will be our next and last stop. However, this space is much more than it looks. Here we will know in detail local customs that not only those related to wine. A wine tasting by this local producer, followed by a delicious homemade dinner cooked by these people, will be the icing on the cake.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 08:30 am

Duration of the Experiences: All day

Pico – Day 5 – Goodbye Pico, Hello São Jorge / São Jorge – Day 1 – The Track of the Fountains 

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Azores

This is the farewell day. In the morning, at the first boat in the morning, we will cross the beautiful channel that separates the island of Pico from the island of São Jorge. The trip will last around 1h and the views are magnificent, as besides these two islands we will see in more detail the contours of the island of Faial. Immediately after the arrival in São Jorge we will start with a beautiful hike.

Behind is a sleeping giant, whose endless views from its summit will be forever preserved in the memory of our hikers. However, the island of Pico is much more than the omnipresence of its great volcano, the herculean effort of local people who have achieved the miracle of giving birth to vineyards in the most arid landscapes of all Portugal, forever changing the natural landscape of the island, is equally something to be remembered. Still remains the story of the life no less harsh from those who fought tremendous battles with some of the greatest giants of the seas, as well as the boat trip that transformed our hikers into sailors, permeating them with the presence of the powerful Sperm Whales and other inhabitants of these blues Atlantic waters.

On this first day, just after the beautiful crossing of the channel that connects the island of Pico to the island of São Jorge, we will begin our first hike, which in fact will be 2 hikes since we will do two different tracks connected by a van shuttle. We will start at the base of one of the peaks of the island at 662m high. The first part of the path is by a wide track, always surrounded by the vegetation typical of these islands and with beautiful views to the Channel between the islands of Pico and Faial.

After passing through a small population center, almost descending all the time, we will start a beautiful trail inside a forest corridor, dominated by the Azorean Cedars and Incense plants, known for the “fountain track”, because it was here that women used to wash the clothes in the several water tanks along the steep rock. It will be in this area, next to a beautiful fountain and a large secular Plane Tree, that we will make our picnic.

Already with the village of Fajã Grande within reach of our sight, we will pass by a local beekeeper and if we are lucky, we will be able to taste and buy some of his delicious honey, made from the pollen collection of the Incense plants. But it is not only the Fajã Grande that we see, near it are also the ocean pools of Portinho, where our hikers can take a nice bath before we start the 2nd part of this walk with only 3km.

The end of this day will be in the place where we will spend the next 6 nights and where we will also will dine in a local restaurant, we are talking about the Fajã dos Vimes. This Fajã, like all the others, particularly on this island, are living remnants where tradition is still what it was. We are talking about small areas of flat ground, based on a high-resistance lava base, situated between the sea and a wall of great slope (usually with hundreds of meters). Because this are rich areas for agriculture, small settlements settle there, since the 16th century, which are the soul of the Azores, particularly in rugged islands like São Jorge. The Fajã dos Vimes is one of these places, where the popular culture of the region is preserved by its tough but affable people in the art of well receive.

 

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 08:00 am

Duration of the Hike 1:  2,5 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Easy)

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Duration of the Hike 2:  1,5 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Easy)

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São Jorge – Day 2 – The Waterfall and the Caldera of Santo Cristo

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Azores

The hike of this second day is one of the most beautiful and spectacular that we will do in this island of formidable landscapes. We will start high, at more than 700m, in a small pasture where the humidity of the land will require us to have some attention not to start the day with wet feet. A few hundred meters ahead we will start the descent to a beautiful valley, all carved by the powerful forces that created this and all the islands of this unique archipelago.

We will cross some streams until we enter in a beautiful forest corridor that will take us to a gorgeous waterfall and lake where we will make our picnic. In this place our hikers can also enjoy the fresh and clear waters, by taking a beautiful bath.

After this comforting break we will continue along the trail until we reach a spectacular belvedere, where, for the first time, we will see the Caldera of Santo Cristo. From here we will follow an old railroad, still in use, where the indomitable will and perseverance of the local inhabitants is well present, as it was them who reopened this impressive path among the many tons of rock that blocked it, after the tremendous earthquake of 9 of July of 1998.

In the Fajã and Caldeira de Santo Cristo, we will visit the small but beautiful local church where a curious legend full of meaning precedes it. But these are stories that we will share on the spot. We will also visit a local Interpretation Center that will help us to understand the whole history of this Fajã, full of drama and heroic acts.

Already with the Fajã da Caldera de Santo Cristo behind we still have 4 km to do, which are on a trail that closely follows the ocean, until we reach the destination of this day, the Fajã dos Cubres, very beautiful, also with some lagoons to separate it from the sea and a brutal wall covered with vegetation on its back. All this framing is the perfect end to the beautiful walk that we have just done. Dinner will be here in a small local restaurant.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 8:30 am

Duration of the Hike:  5 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Moderate)

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Walk Hike Portugal

São Jorge – Day 3 – From the White Stones to the Fajã dos Vimes

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Azores

On this 3rd day we begin again our trek at more than 700m altitude, in an area called White Stones, near the peak of São João, which we will cross. It is called peak of São João, because on its left is one of the most remote Fajã of São Jorge, the São João Fajã, framed by a gigantic rocky wall, full covered with vegetation. In front of us is the Atlantic as well as the other two islands that make up the Triangle of the Central Group, Pico and Faial. It is with these monumental views that we begin our descent, through a pasture zone. Further on we will pass through a barrier of dense vegetation, before entering in another beautiful forest corridor.

From here on one side we have the steep rock and in the other, when the vegetation allows it, breathtaking views of the cliff to the ocean. The omnipresence of the Pico volcano on the other side of the channel and the numerous streams with some waterfalls give the final touch to this beautiful track.

Close to the sea level we are very near of our daily destiny, the Fajã dos Vimes, which our hikers do know because that’s where they sleep. However, the day is far from ending here. In addition to a picnic on the small harbor of this village, where you can also take some beautiful baths, we will know the largest producer of coffee in Azores and possibly throughout Europe, as the Azores are one of the few places on the European continent where exist climatic conditions for the production of coffee. In addition to the coffee production, the Nunes family produces numerous other species of crops, but they do not stop here. The Fajã dos Vimes is also known for its traditional and gaudy bedspreads and carpets produced on wooden looms, and we will also visit the looms and their tapestries and bedspreads.

After this interesting visit, in which our hikers had the opportunity to know some of the traditions of this land, we will have a dinner of local delicacies cooked and prepared by the Nunes family.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 8:30 am

Duration of the Hike:  4 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Moderate)

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Walk Hike Portugal

São Jorge – Day 4 – The Tune, the Kayak, the Heritage and the Cheese Factory

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Azores

This 4th day begins with a visit to the Santa Catarina Tuna Factory where we will know what is known as one of the best canned tuna in the world. This multi-award-winning brand, which was even distinguished by Greenpeace, is also an example of sustainability, which is based on the artisanal form how tuna is fished: 1 man, 1 cane, 1 hook, 1 fish. This technique is certified by the non-governmental organization Earth Island Institute as “Dolphin Safe” and “Friend of the Sea”, being the first time in the world that a tuna fishing organization receives this certification.

After this interesting visit awaits us, not a hike, but a kayak tour. The tour is quite beautiful, where the blue and transparent waters of the Azores, along with the various coves where we will pass, will contribute to a really nice morning. Once again, the islands of Pico and Faial will be part of the beautiful views. With luck we can be presented by the always friendly dolphins (this activity is subject to the conditions of the sea).

It will be in a beautiful ocean pool where we can take some beautiful baths, that we will make our picnic.

After this pleasant break, we will get to know some of the valuable local heritage, among them an old fort from the end of the 16th century, a small but beautiful church of the 18th century, as well as the settlement of Urzelina, marked by the tragic eruption of May 1 of 1808, in which part of the population perished and where there are still marks in some buildings.

From here we will continue to the one that is the only private cheese factory of São Jorge, since all the others were integrated in local Cooperatives. This family-owned company, already in the 3rd generation, has a highly artisanal manufacturing process, being this one of its secrets to the outstanding quality of its São Jorge cheese, as well as the fact that milk comes from their own cows, raised and fed by the family itself, in the pastures of their properties. In addition to the visit to the factory our hikers can taste and buy their delicious cheeses.

The day ends in a local restaurant, known for the quality of its regional cuisine and the wonderful view, just in front of the island of Pico.

Details

 

Beginning of the Activities: 9:00 am

Duration of the Experiences:  All day

São Jorge – Day 5 – The Route of the Fajãs

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Azores

On this 5th day we will begin our walk at 741m altitude, the highest point of all the walks we have done and will do on this beautiful and rugged island of São Jorge. On this northern side of the island, we have other islands on the horizon, the small and beautiful Graciosa and the much larger Terceira, whose main town, Hangra do Heroísmo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first two thirds of the course, although always descending, has gentle slopes and the views are tremendous being this one of the most scenic hikes.

Before we begin what will be one of the most beautiful tracks of all that we have done, we will stop at a viewpoint whose views are breathtaking. After this moment of contemplation, we will start the last descent of our hike in a small forest where Cryptomeria (Japonica D. Don) has a prominent place.

Already at sea level we arrive at the Fajã do Mero, one of the most austere but also one of the most genuine, where some of the old customs are still preserved, such as the traditional architecture of the houses and the fields worked in the old fashioned way. If we will be lucky, and Mr. Serafim is close by, we may know the interior of one of these traditional houses and hear the stories of someone who has been shaped by these lands of tough and persevering people.

Then, on a course always by the sea, we will cross by another Fajã before arriving at our destiny, where we will have a genuine meal in the house of a local. We will eat local delicacies, some fished by the owner of the house and we will also taste he’s cheese, bread and local wines and liqueurs.

The day will end, like all the others, in Fajã dos Vimes.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 09:00 am

Duration of the Hike: 5 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Moderate)

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Walk Hike Portugal

São Jorge – Day 6 – The Atlantic Pool

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Azores

On this last day we will continue along the north coast of the island of São Jorge. We expect a landscape of great beauty, like the previous ones, in a steep but safe descent that accompanies the whole cliff and always with the sea ahead. Already next to the sea we have a small settlement that we will visit.

After we have a steep ascent on the top of which we can witness closely one of the largest transportation lines used to load materials, food and other products for the day to day in the Fajã. The specimen in question has an impressive 1,000m of length.

In the end of this hike we will have a transfer to the one that, in our opinion is the largest and most beautiful oceanic swimming pool and it is all work of Mother Nature. Here our hikers can rest all afternoon and enjoy the magnificent waters that bathe these islands.

At the end of the day our last dinner on this island will be in a local restaurant, right next to the pool, in front of a nice porto, known for the quality of its fish. However, if we are lucky, we can still meet one of the last 3 handicraft blacksmiths in the whole island, as well as their workshop, and know a little better this traditional wisdom with centuries of existence, which, unfortunately, will disappear with these people.

This will also be the day that we will spend our last night on the island of São Jorge and in the calm and friendly Fajã dos Vimes.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 09:00 am

Duration of the Hike: 3 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Moderate)

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Walk Hike Portugal

São Jorge – Day 7 – Goodbye São Jorge, Hello Faial / Faial – Day 1 – Welcome Day and Around the Island

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Azores

Early in the morning we will catch the boat that takes us to the island of Faial, the last of this triangle. Behind are the beautiful and wild Fajãs, remote places that are the cradle of all the life and tradition of this Island. Its people, genuine and full of soul, have loved and cared for their fajãs for many generations. They are tough people whose hard life is well marked on their faces and bodies. The overwhelming and spectacular rugged cliffs will also be part of the memory of our hikers and it will be difficult to find a place with more authentic people than this.

After the beautiful trip through the channel that connects the islands of the triangle of the Central Group, we arrive to the island of Faial, more concretely to its beautiful capital, the city of Horta. After we settled in an old fortress, the Fort of Santa Cruz da Horta, old defensive standard and witness of countless naval battles since the 16th century, our hikers will receive a picnic and we’ll go to a small but beautiful ocean swimming pool where everyone can take great baths.

Afterwards, we will know much of the coastline of the island of Faial, where we will pass through several small coves and fishing villages, until we reach a lighthouse, or what remains of it, which is a bulwark of stubborn resistance to the various natural cataclysms that have devastated these islands in the past. This ruin and the impressive view over the powerful volcano of Pico that rises above the clouds, give the perfect framing for some unique photos.

This tour is the perfect tonic for the dinner that follows in a typical local restaurant, very genuine, on the outside town of Horta, known for its delicious local delicacies.

Back to our fortress hotel, awaits us a good night’s sleep, because in the next day we will go down to the caldera of a volcano, the highest and central point of the whole island.

Details

 

Beginning of the Activities: 08:00 am

Duration of the Experiences: All day

Faial – Day 2 – Descend to the Caldera and the Yatchmen Cafe

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Azores

On this second day we will descend to the Caldera of the central volcano of the island of Faial, responsible for its origin. With about 470m deep and 2,000m in diameter, this caldera hosts rare populations of endemic flora of the Azores, which here, form exuberant natural communities. In addition to the beauty of the whole environment around us, it is impossible for us not to feel small in the face of the immensity of the crater that surrounds us, which gains even more dimension when we are in its background.

After this unique experience the afternoon will be spent in the beautiful city of Horta and it will be free. We will meet again at the end of the day in one of the icons of this island, which has also become a world reference to the seamen community. We are talking about the cafe-bar Peter. From its origin, in the beginnings of the 20th century, that this unique spot became more important close to the international community of seamen, having crossed 2 world wars and more recently, since the 60s, became also relevant before the international community of sailors, called by the locals of “Adventurers”. It will be here, in this spot full of tradition and nautical references that we will take a mixed toast accompanied by a tonic gin, both credentials of this space, all this with the view of the sleeping giant in front of us, the Pico volcano.

Details

Beginning of the Activities: 08:00 am

Duration of the Hike: 3 hours

Difficulty: Walk Hike Portugal(Moderate)

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Walk Hike Portugal

Faial – Day 3 – The Capelinhos Volcano

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Azores

This is the last day in Faial and is also the last day of activities of our adventure through the Central Group Triangle. We start the day in a magnificent ocean pool where we will spend the rest of the morning, right next to the dormant Capelinhos volcano. On September 23rd of 1957 began the submarine eruption that gave rise to this volcano, which added about 2.5 km2 of new territory to the island of Faial. Currently, due to erosion, about half of this new land mass has disappeared.

After the picnic, we will take a short walk to the spectacular Interpretation Center of the Capelinhos Volcano, where we will make a virtual trip to the moment it all began. We will also know the living forces that gave rise to the whole archipelago.

After refreshing in the hotel, our hikers will have a magnificent gastronomic experience in one of the most original restaurants in the entire Azores Archipelago. Genuíno Madruga, besides being the owner of this restaurant, is also a man who has circled twice the world alone, which has earned him an immense respect among the restricted community of sailors who did this achievement. Its restaurant is decorated with all kinds of memories and artifacts from his travels, and besides being an expert sailor, a true yatchman, is a Fishing Master, which will allows hour hikers to eat in this restaurant the best that these rich ocean waters have to offer. His stories, which makes a point of sharing with their clients, are already a must and make this restaurant a must stop.

It is with these memories that we say goodbye to this last day.

Details

 

Beginning of the Activities: 09:00 am

Duration of the Experiences: All day

Faial – Day 4 – The Day of All Farewells

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Azores

This is the day we say goodbye to Faial, the Azores, but also to each other. Behind it will be a journey that we believe will last in the memory of all who make it.

This program was designed to show you 3 islands that represent in an authentic way the rich and centenary Azorean culture, its tough and genuine people as well as the natural beauty of the Azores, absolutely unique.

We will also tried to integrate our hikers in the local communities, their inhabitants, customs and flavors and share with them some routes and places only known by the locals.

See you soon

 

Prices Per Person

4 to 12 persons (per pax) – 3.300

Individual room supplement – + 450€

For less than 4 people and more than 12 people,  price is on request.

This program requires a minimum of 4 participants (beyond the guides). If this number it won´t be reached, Walk Hike Portugal will return, in full, the total amount already paid by the customer.

THESE PRICES ALREADY INCLUDE THE APPLICABLE VAT RATE

If you book any of the two programs in any of the two seasons in 2017, under our Walk Azores brand, until March 15th, we will offer you a 10% discount over the table price. For the families, no matter the booking dates, the kids younger than 18 years old will also have a 10% discount.

Calendar

Season 1 – From May 5th to May 18th

Season 2 – From September 22nd to October 5th

Note: The clients have to arrive in the Pico island at May 5th for the first season and at September 22nd for the second season.

Because Walk Hike Portugal is a Corporate Client of the Azores Airlines, with direct flights to Azores from Boston, Toronto, Montreal, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt and Munich , through our partner travel agency, we have preferential conditions compared to the individual customer, so if you want to try us we will be pleased to present you a proposal.

Booking Confirmation / Payment

Following your contact you’ll receive from us a confirmation email informing that we still have availability for the pack you want (if available). In addition to this information, you will also receive our bank identification account for which should be made the transfer of the value, together with a Tour Booking Agreement, signed by us for you to sign and send it back. Once we have the booking confirmation transaction confirmed, we will send you an invoice concerning to the paid amount.

Schedule of payments:

  • 30% of the total amount to confirm the booking
  • Final payment is due 30 days prior to the activity date

If sending payment from abroad, please ensure that all bank and other charges on the transaction are paid at your end so that the correct amount (in Euros) is received by us.

Cancellations / Changes

Since the Walk Hike Portugal develops an outdoor activity, these are exposed to the climatic / environmental conditions and constraints that these impose. Thus, the Walk Hike Portugal reserves the right to change itineraries or activities, if weather conditions may threaten our customers safety, as well as our team members. Below are some examples of weather / environmental condition that may or not allow our walks, or part of them:

  • Torrential rains
  • Strong thunderstorms
  • Strong winds
  • Landslide
  • Falling trees
  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Sea storms

In these cases the order of the activities may have to be changed or replaced by another, if possible. If the cancellation of the tour is an inevitability, either because the persistence of weather phenomena / environmental mentioned above, or customer’s inability to reschedule, we will refund 60% of the amount paid, provided that cancellation occurs within 24 hours before the beginning of the purchased holiday pack. The remaining 40% will be for Walk Hike Portugal pay the logistics / bookings costs imply in all our programs.

In case the reason is due to withdrawal by customers, Walk Hike Portugal return 100% of the amount paid provided that it occurs until 60 days before the tour date. If the withdrawal occurs until 45 days before the tour date we will refund 75% of the amount paid. If the withdrawal occurs until 30 days before the tour we will refund 50% of the amount paid. If the withdrawal occurs later than 30 days before the tour we will not refund any of the amount paid.

If the client does not arrived at the appointed day, the Walk Hike Portugal disclaims any responsibility for non-performance all activities considered in the program booked by the customer, as well as the return of any amount for the money already paid by the customer. Walk Hike Portugal also reserves the right to reschedule the all program of activities of the booked program tour, according to what they understand to be the most viable option.

This program requires a minimum of 4 participants (beyond the guides). If this number it won´t be reached Walk Hike Portugal will return, in full, the total amount already paid by the customer.

Per day is Included

  • All transfers
  • All meals
  • 1 track guide
  • All activities included in the program
  • The legally required Personal and Liability insurances

Per day is not Included

  • Any costs concerned to flights, airport taxes or any other cost not mentioned or included in this program

Advised Equipment (depending on weather)

  • Comfortable clothes that allows different layers, adapted to the correspondent season and dependent of the weather it will be
  • Trekking shoes / botes
  • A cap and a hat
  • Waterproof / Wind stopper
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking poles