Azores Horses, Whales and Volcanos Tour

About the Experience

Volcanic mountain peaks, wild rock pools, and untouched landscapes. Discover this natural paradise on our Azores Horses, Whales And Volcanos Tour; a horse-riding haven! Follow lush green paths through meadows, and ride through ancient villages all leading to the sea.

Our Lusitano Horses are a majestic Portuguese horse breed thought to be one of the oldest in the world. We’ll hike and ride around the Faial north coast and discover the blues, the sandy volcanoes and beautiful bays. Together with your wild women guide, we’ll descent into the 400m deep crater of the Faial Island. At the bottom, it’s a different world: waterfalls, six-foot-high grass and beautiful scenery.

We’ll hike deep into the crater of a sleeping volcano like a scene out of Jurassic Park…The islands’ volcanic origin leaves unmistakable marks on the landscape, and small volcanic cones are everywhere.

Witness the beauty of the Atlantic with our marine biologist friends, and learn all about the peaceful sea mammals as we observe whales and swim with wild dolphins in their natural element! Once in a lifetime moments.

When we visit the neighbouring island of Pico, the century-old wine culture and vineyards (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) will sweep you off your feet. But wait! Step into a mysterious lava cave and feel the mystical atmosphere. Take in the picturesque small harbour villages.

New to riding? On our Azores Horses, Whales And Volcanoes Tour, we can split the group into beginners and more advanced riders, but we’ll come together every day at lunch and sit in nature. Trails will lead you along the coast of Capelinhos volcano, and we’ll find time in the breaks to go for a swim or relax in the grass and look up at the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Azores Horses, Whales and Volcanos Tour

About the Experience

Volcanic mountain peaks, wild rock pools, and untouched landscapes. Discover this natural paradise on our Azores Horses, Whales And Volcanos Tour; a horse-riding haven! Follow lush green paths through meadows, and ride through ancient villages all leading to the sea.

Our Lusitano Horses are a majestic Portuguese horse breed thought to be one of the oldest in the world. We’ll hike and ride around the Faial north coast and discover the blues, the sandy volcanoes and beautiful bays. Together with your wild women guide, we’ll descent into the 400m deep crater of the Faial Island. At the bottom, it’s a different world: waterfalls, six-foot-high grass and beautiful scenery.

We’ll hike deep into the crater of a sleeping volcano like a scene out of Jurassic Park…The islands’ volcanic origin leaves unmistakable marks on the landscape, and small volcanic cones are everywhere.

Witness the beauty of the Atlantic with our marine biologist friends, and learn all about the peaceful sea mammals as we observe whales and swim with wild dolphins in their natural element! Once in a lifetime moments.

When we visit the neighbouring island of Pico, the century-old wine culture and vineyards (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) will sweep you off your feet. But wait! Step into a mysterious lava cave and feel the mystical atmosphere. Take in the picturesque small harbour villages.

New to riding? On our Azores Horses, Whales And Volcanoes Tour, we can split the group into beginners and more advanced riders, but we’ll come together every day at lunch and sit in nature. Trails will lead you along the coast of Capelinhos volcano, and we’ll find time in the breaks to go for a swim or relax in the grass and look up at the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO AZORES

Arrival in the afternoon at Faial Island airport Horta (HOR), where we’ll pick you up and drive you to the Lodge. After check-in, you can connect with the trail-horses -our partners for three days of horseback riding during your adventure over the next eight days.

We’ll have dinner tonight as a group in the Lodge.

 

DAY TWO: TRAIL RIDES

We’ll start the day with a local fresh breakfast and then embark on an individual riding training. Here you’ll learn the essentials about riding this morning! We’ll ride a couple hours to a whale spotting point where our chef is waiting with a picnic. Breathe it all in, relax, and try to spot some whales!

If you are a more experienced rider, we’ll split the group into two different levels of riders and finish our day after another  trail ride.

We’ll come together for dinner tonight in the Lodge.

 

DAY THREE: DESCENT INTO CALDEIRA

After breakfast, we drive to the top of the island to the rim of the volcano of Faial, “Caldeira do Faial. Our wild women guide will guide us through the 400m deep descent to the bottom of the volcano. Expect to be wowed by waterfalls, rivers, deep canyons and six-feet high grass in this unique environment.

Later, we’ll have a backpacker picnic on the bottom of the Caldeira. After climbing back to the top, we will descent direction to the village of our Lodge. We’ll arrive in the late afternoon. (1.600m altitude and 6 hours hike).

Dinner together on the closed terrace of the Lodge.

 

DAY FOUR: CAPELINHOS VOLCANO

Another highlight! After your breakfast, we drive to the “Jungle Horse-Camp “where you will meet your horse. Starting through the junglelike “Mystery Zone “of Faial, our trail will lead you to the Volcano of Capelinhos.

We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center and to take a saddlebag picnic.

At the end of the day, we’ll arrive in the beautiful bay of Varadero, where beautiful Atlantic rock pools are waiting for you; time to go for a swim!

Dinner will be a picnic at the seafront, and you will taste delicious snacks from the Azores.

 

DAY FIVE: JUNGLE HORSE CAMP

Today after breakfast, we return to the Jungle Horse-Camp. Here, our horses are waiting to continue the trail back home. We’ll start the trail heading to the North Coast.

At lunchtime, we’ll get served a large picnic at a small canyon viewpoint. Today we will experience some canter on safe paths. In the afternoon, we’ll return to the lodge. Time to relax and to stretch, maybe with some yoga for those tired muscles.

In the evening, our chefs will serve a traditional dinner, “Night of Alcatra. “

 

DAY SIX: THE ISLAND OF PICO

After an early-bird breakfast, we’ll leave for the Faial ferryboat harbour. A passage of 30 minutes will take us to the neighbour Island of Pico. We’ll drive to the highest point of Pico we are able to reach with our van – the Mountain House. Spectacular views over the central islands of the archipelago of the Azores.

Later, we’ll stop at a volcanic cave, equipped with torches and helmets and our Nature Park Guide. A picnic at the seaside will give you a taste of Pico cheese, bread and, of course, a selection of wines!

We arrive in Lajes, an old whaler’s harbour town where we’ll visit the whaler’s museum. On our way back to the ferry boat, we’ll pass the UNESCO World Heritage Vineyards of Pico and stroll around in this great historical and cultural area.

After the passage to Faial Island, we’ll drive back to the Lodge and enjoy dinner together.

 

DAY SEVEN: OCEAN EXPERIENCE

Up bright and early for breakfast, and we’ll transfer to Horta Town. The Azores are the best destination in Europe for whale watching. In the harbour, a Marine Biologist team will join us on a scientific whale watching tour. We’ll spend around 3 hours on a powerful RIB on the Atlantic Ocean! We’ll encounter several of the 20 species of whales and dolphins living around Faial. You will never forget when a giant whale appears beside your boat! If possible, you can jump into the blue Atlantic with diving goggles and a wetsuit to join wild dolphins in their natural element for a once in a lifetime moment!

Back in Horta, spend some time in the famous sailor’s bar “Peter Café Sport “and enjoy a light lunch. Today is a free afternoon with time to stroll through the picturesque sailor’s town or to go swimming at the beach.

Back in the Lodge in the evening, we’ll organize a tasty farewell barbecue.

 

DAY EIGHT: ONWARDS

After breakfast, pack your bags, and we’ll bring you to the airport for your flight home.

 

 

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