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Wonders of the Center of the Island

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Experience hosted by Carlos

5 hours
Includes drinks, tickets
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

A unique overlook over the island central volcano and its surrounding slopes.
First we will go up the tallest volcano mountain of the island, only accessible by car, so tall you will watch the vegetation get drier as we go up. Once on the top you have the best view over its stunning caldera and lake waters. We are standing really high here, so as sunnier it is the day the clearer will be the views. On our way down the north slope, you will have a access to the most tropical thermal pool in the island (entrance fee included). Here the pool is supplied by a warm water waterfall, surrounded by luxurious green vegetation and the chants of birds. Feel free to bathe on the pool, it´s an unique experience!
Afterwards we will find the tea plantation on the bottom of the north slope, lines of green tea overlooking the ocean. Here you can taste the most amazing Azorean green tea, handpicked and traditionally crafted. Now we will head to the south slope and visit the oldest village on the island, and learn about it´s stone church and rock islet. If you tasted the tea we must end this experience with the king of the island, learn everything about the most delicious pineapple in the world!
A unique overlook over the island central volcano and its surrounding slopes.
First we will go up the tallest volcano mountain of the island, only accessible by car, so tall you will watch the vegetation get drier as we go up. Once on the top you have the best view over its stunning caldera and lake waters. We are standing really high here, so as sunnier it is the day the clearer will be the views. On our way down the north slope, you will h…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottled Water and Tea
  • Tickets
    Entrance fee to Thermal Pool
From ₹6,207
/ person
Mon, 2 Nov
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
₹6,207 per person
₹6,207 per person
Wed, 4 Nov
2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
₹6,207 per person
₹6,207 per person
Mon, 9 Nov
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
₹6,207 per person
₹6,207 per person

Meet your host, Carlos

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi I´m an English and History teacher, and an island guide together with my daughter Monique (a Airbnb Super Host), for 5 years now in the little paradise island of São Miguel, where we were also fortunate to be born and raised. You will understand why I say fortunate, many of the travelers that come here and stay or explore the island with us, fall easily in love and want to move here right away! My island bursts with amazing volcanic landscapes, thermal activity, luxurious fauna and flora, and endless shades of green. The weather plays a big role in the islander´s lives, since it´s always changing, we can have the 4 seasons in the same day, and it´s much easier to navigate through it with a help of a local. I know all of the island perks, and spots, and my passion is to show visitors the genuine way of living like an Azorean!
Hi I´m an English and History teacher, and an island guide together with my daughter Monique (a Airbnb Super Host), for 5 years now in the little paradise island of São Miguel, where we were also fortunate to be born and raised. You will understand why I say fortunate, many of the travelers that come here and stay or explore the island with us, fall easily in love and want to move here right away! My island bursts with amazing volcanic landscapes, thermal activity, luxurious fauna and flora, and…
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Where you'll be

Água do Pau Massif with it´s volcano crater and Fire Lake.
Thermal Pool in the middle of the forest.
Tea and Pineapple Plantation.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Nancy
February 2020
Carlos is attentive and thoughtful about sharing his vast knowledge of the island, it’s history and geography. My fiancée and I had a wonderful, carefree day with Carlos driving and showing us around. We appreciate his being flexible and accommodating so we saw/did what we wanted.
Carlos is attentive and thoughtful about sharing his vast knowledge of the island, it’s history and geography. My fiancée and I had a wonderful, carefree day with Carlos driving an…
Jennifer And Marc
February 2020
If you want to learn about the fascinating island of Sao Miguel from a local expert who speaks impeccable English, is a true gentleman, will take you to beautiful and interesting places, and ensures your comfort and safety, Carlos is your man.
If you want to learn about the fascinating island of Sao Miguel from a local expert who speaks impeccable English, is a true gentleman, will take you to beautiful and interesting p…
Stella
November 2019
We had a wonderful day with Carlos. He went out of his way to make it special for us. We learned a lot and saw more than we expected.
Matthew
October 2019
This was an incredible experience provided by someone overqualified, patient, and wise. Carlos is brilliant in the ways of the Azores and their history, but that's just the start of what he has to offer with his knowledge. He knows all about the history of the Azores, Portugal, Europe, North America, and he ties information together between them while explaining the history of the location you're in. The natural beauty of the island of Sao Miguel cannot be overstated, and you will experience views that are nothing short of magical. Every aspect of this experience exceeded my expectations.
This was an incredible experience provided by someone overqualified, patient, and wise. Carlos is brilliant in the ways of the Azores and their history, but that's just the start…
Erin
October 2019
Carlos is a gem. There’s no other words as I can’t begin to describe how caring, wonderful, and smart this person is. He picked us up at our hotel and we begun the drive out to Villa Campo. We spent the entire time talking about the island, history, culture and overall folk and story. He spent a lot of time studying history and knew EVERYTHING. We’d throw curve balls at him and he would have an answer with ease. Carlos gave us the time we needed and didn’t rush us and took the time to stop at the various view points. The tea and pineapple plantations were made better because of him. We found ourselves missing him when he wasn’t around and didn’t want our day to end with him. This is a stellar tour and one not to miss. We can’t wait till we come back so we can do another tour with him.
Carlos is a gem. There’s no other words as I can’t begin to describe how caring, wonderful, and smart this person is. He picked us up at our hotel and we begun the drive out to…
Helen
September 2019
Wow, this experience was really one in a million! We were collected from our air Bnb on time. From then on we were encouraged to relax, and were told that nothing was a problem. If we wanted to stop we could. We went to the thermal pools, and were easily there for about two hours! There really was no rush at all. We felt that we could truly relax! We stopped for coffee and then went to Fire Lake, where we made many stops, so that I could leap out of the car for photo ops. Next came the tea plantation and the pineapple farm. The feeling of not being rushed around these special places was what made the tour so special for us. Carlos is simply a fountain of knowledge, both culturally and historically. I cannot recommend this tour enough! It was meant to be a five hour tour, and we were many hours over that! Thank you so much.
Wow, this experience was really one in a million! We were collected from our air Bnb on time. From then on we were encouraged to relax, and were told that nothing was a problem. If…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

This experience takes about 4-5h.
The transportation is a 4 people vehicle, so there is a maximum of 3 participants.
If this experience is not available on your chosen date, please ask me for availability.
Departing hours may be adjusted to your convenience.

What to bring

Please bring Swim Suit and Towel if you wish to bathe at the Thermal Pool