Azores walking vacation, Portugal

“Verdant vineyards, simmering calderas, tea plantations and sunken volcanoes; if you're wishing to experience four of the Azores then this walking tour is a natural choice.”

Highlights

Santa Luzia Vineyards | Faja dos Cubres | Trupes do Capelo | Capelinhos Volcano | Scrimshaw Museum | Lagoa do Fogo | Sete Cidades | Vista do Rei | Lake Furnas | Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens | Optional activities include: climbing Mt Pico, swimming with dolphins or half day whale watching |

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15 May 2021
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29 May 2021
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Our top tip:
The weather in the Azores can be pretty changeable, especially if you're visiting in spring to watch whales. It's worth investing in a quality pack-o-mac so you're prepared for all eventualities.
Trip type:
Small group. Maximum size 16. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate. Average walking distance of 9km on 5 days.
Accomm:
2 x good standard hotels with en-suite facilities.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader throughout.
Meals:
All breakfasts and 5 lunches.
Solos:
Single hotel rooms available.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

Activity
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Leaders & local suppliers
Both companies used for our whale and dolphin watching tours respect the animals during times of feeding or resting by maintaining a distance and avoiding any interference. We use a small family-run company in Ponta Delgada who use small boats and in Horta the company plants a tree every time they go to sea. Our hotels source as much local food as possible and conserve energy where possible. Leaders are employed locally and are very conscious of environmental concerns so they ensure clients follow them in the best practices to reduce our footprint.

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Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Faial walk to the volcano was the most memorable; however, all 4 islands we visited were all special.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Please take walking poles as this certainly helps especially on a descent. Yes

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and our guide’s passion on the environment and his love of the Azores was excellent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 03 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Fantastic and diverse scenery on the walks.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Check your internal flights have been booked. Mine were not.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited local people in terms of providing transport and eating at local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great despite some hiccups.

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