Sao Miguel, Santa Maria

Starting Point

Sao Miguel

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

9 - 12 days

Best for

Off the beaten track

Activity Level **




- hiking, cycling and kayaking around the beautiful calm lakes on São Miguel
- explore Santa Maria on a combined coasteering and canyoning adventure
- once in a lifetime snorkeling with manta rays experience
- learn how to prepare a traditional cozido on the hot springs at Furnas
- relax at the beautiful Terra Nostra SPA, bath and gardens

This combination of the two Eastern islands lets you discover some of the popular scenic highlights on São Miguel while also venturing off the beaten track to the small island of Santa Maria. Enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures like hiking, kayaking, canyoning or coasteering and fantastic lush green volcanic scenery and the deep blue ocean all along the way.


Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 2 - transfer and hiking on Santa Maria - overnight in Vila do Porto (50km)
Day 3 - canyoning and coasteering adventure on Santa Maria - overnight in Vila do Porto (20km)
Day 4 - snorkeling with Manta Rays - transfer to Sao Miguel - overnight in Ponta Delgada (50km)
Day 5 - cycling tour around Sete Cidades - Mosteiros beach - overnight in Ponta Delgada (85km)
Day 6 - hiking on Lagoa do Fogo - Caldeira Velha - overnight in Furnas (50km)
Day 7 - free time in Furnas - cook your own Cozido over thermal steam - overnight in Furnas
Day 8 - kayaking on Lagoa do Furnas - visit to Gorreana tea plantation - overnight in Furnas (60km)
Day 9 - departure


- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels and/or guesthouses
- private transfers for the entire trip
- inter islands flights
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

*  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.