Come with us to visit the Fogo lake, the most pristine lake among the biggest ones, placed in a collapsed volcano at the center part of Island and the fantastic fumaroles and hotsprings from Furnas.
For this excursion we plan according to the weather,which means we go to either to Furnas or to Fogo lake according to the weather conditions.If the Fogo volcano is clear by the morning we start the day by traveling along the south coast heading to Lagoa city. The first stop will grant you with a visit to the ceramic and pottery factory at Lagoa city, close to the volcano. You will have the opportunity to find more about this Azorean tradition and the procedures. If the tour takes place during a weekday you will be able to see the employees molding, cutting and drawing on the ceramic and pottery pieces in different stages.
After this, we start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico da Barrosa viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. On the very top you will see a panoramic landscape, including the Sete Cidades volcano, the north and south coastlands and the east side of the island as well. From here we will have a few other stops to enjoy the views over the Fogo lake, where it will be visible where it had its last eruption on 1563.
Next we have a drive going downhill to Ribeira Grande city, to have a taste of the local liquers and to know its main square. Later on, we take you to visit Furnas, the famous caldera and the valley where you can see a fumarolic area and its settlement where there is this synergy between the locals and the volcanic activity. From here you can taste the several individual natural water springs, some with gas and others like ironish water and enjoy the hotsprings.
As we get close to Furnas, we stop at the viewpoint of Pico de Ferro to see an amazing perspective of the lake and the surrounding areas. Then we will have our lunch at Furnas settlement, After it you will have an opportunity to relax at the hotsprings, either at Terra Nostra garden or Poça da Dona Beija, your choice.
- Make sure you bring your swimsuit and a dark towell (preferably) if you intend to enjoy the hot springs bath;
- During the autumn and winter it is advised to bring a raincoat.