The iconic symbol of the island, the Caldeira is a particularly attractive formation, due to a rich profusion of flowers, plants and trees. The approx. 7 km long walls of the caldera are covered by beech tress, junipers, moss, cedars, ferns and hydrangeas.
At the bottom, 450 m below the Caldeira lookout, a fragmented lake and a small volcanic cone, with vestiges of the primitive laurissilva forest, colour the landscape.
A drive of roughly 45 minutes will bring us to the starting point of the hike in the central highlands of the island.
We start our approx. 8 km long hike by climbing a stairway to reach the dirt trail that leads around the impressive crater´s 2 km diameter. Skirting a small Chapel, we enter the trail flanked by hydrangeas. Further ahead, hydrangeas give way to Azores Juniper, Azores Heather, Azores Blueberry, among others.
The hike continues to trace the rim of the Caldeira, overlooking the villages on the north coast. At the end of this loop trail, we descend the steep incline towards the Caldeira Viewpoint, before returning to the ship by coach.