Azores, Sao Miguel - Riding in a Tropical Landscape
This riding holiday is a gem not to be missed!
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After settling in to one of the five nicely furnished rooms, you will enjoy a hearty welcome dinner.
The next day, you will visit the pineapple plantation and a ride in "tropical rain forest". After a siesta, it's nice to stroll around the market in the capital Ponta Delgada. A good lunch provides the energy required for an afternoon ride to explore the magnificent scenery on the northern side of the island.
The following day you will head north east on an all-day ride and enjoy magnificent views.
Your tired riding muscles will get some rest when you travel by car to see the beautiful Lagoa de Fogo, the lake of fire and follow it up with a bath in the 30-degree C (86 F) waters of a waterfall. Afterwards, a riding show and riding lesson.
Now you are ready for an all-day ride from the estate to Agua de Pau. As usual, you are invited to a well-deserved dinner on your return.
Another full day’s ride in "paradise" to the legendary twin lakes and the resort of Sete Cidades.
A perfect end to a lovely week!
Day 1: You arrive at the farm in the middle of the day (depending on when your flight lands). Dinner in the dining room.
Day 2: After a good night's sleep and an equally good breakfast, you start the day with a riding lesson. You head off to pineapple plantations in Faja de Baixo. You will learn that the cultivation process for pineapples is very complex and sample what many regard as the world's most delicious pineapple! After lunch, you head off again on a lovely half-day ride through the Azorean landscape. Dinner at the riding center.
Day 3: After breakfast, you will visit the main city of Ponta Delgada with the chance for both some shopping and a visit to some of the local historic attractions. You then head off on a half-day ride on the slopes below the Lake of Fire and enjoy the fantastic views.
Day 4: Today you will enjoy a beautiful and constantly changing full-day's ride from the northern side of the island, across to the south coast. You will ride through an exciting landscape with magnificent scenery and fantastic views. Dinner.
Day 5: Breakfast and an all-day ride through changing landscapes along the south coast heading due west from Relva to Varzea. You will have lunch at a restaurant in Feteiras. Dinner at the farm
Day 6: The day begins with a trip to the stunning Lagoa do Fogo, the Lake of Fire, one of the largest volcanic crater lakes.
At 800 m (2,600 ft) altitude you have a breathtaking view over the 500 m (1,600 ft) deep crater with its azure lake - and with the Atlantic Ocean in the background. You will also stop at the tropical oasis and hot spring at Caldeira Velha with its inviting waterfalls and a chance to swim in the beautiful warm waters. In addition, you will visit Sao Miguel's second largest city Ribera Grande and its liqueur factory, Eduardo Ferreira, where you will have the opportunity to taste and see the production of one of the island's specialties - passion fruit and blackberry liqueur.
After lunch, you head off on a half-day ride from Ribera Grande back to the farm. Dinner at the riding center.
Day 7: Breakfast
All Day Ride Sete Cidades - Twin Lakes.
The ride passes through a fairytale landscape. You ride on a volcanic crater ridge (wide dirt road), looking out over the twin lakes on one side and on the other the sea to the horizon. The ride continues down to the crater lakes and the small village of Sete Cidades, where you will enjoy a tasty picnic. You descend into the crater and enjoy the scenic landscape around the legendary lakes. Farewell dinner at the farm.
Day 8: Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
(Subject to change due to local circumstances.)