Furnas, the most intriguing site from the Azores since the islands occupation. This walk has two optional starting points which differ the trail’s length and difficulty. The longer and more difficult option starts on the top of Pico do Ferro viewpoint, a place where you can see the whole vulcanic crater, the Furnas caldera.
In the valley you may also see the Furnas settlement. The trail starts with a downhill path leading to the Furnas lake.
The easir and shorter option starts at Furnas settlement and we walk on a road área until we arrive at the lake.
Once we get to the lake we find the fumarolic field from which the Furnas stew is steam-cooked underground. From here we start the walk around the whole lake, passing by several different environments and having different perspectives of the area.
On the mid-way we stop for the lunch next to the monitoring and research centre of the lake.
Afterwards we continue the walk, finding a smal gothic style chapel and summer house of José do Canto, an important Azorean man from the 19th century. Once we do the complete round of the lake, we head to the starting points completing the circular trail.
After the walk, we show you some of the most interesting spots of Furnas parish and there is the possibility of enjoying the local hotsprings.
Make sure you bring your swimsuit and a (preferably) dark towel.