Ethics & Safety
Hiking is a fun and healthy activity.
New and experienced hikers should pay attention to these safety tips both before and during a hike.
Before you go
- Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
- Study Your Trail, what it looks like, and what’s physically required to successfully complete the hike.
- Check the weather forecast to find out about current trail conditions.
- Inform someone where you’re going to be and when you expect to return.
- Make sure you have the appropriate clothing and accessories
- Take a First Aid Kit with essential items to clean wounds. Cell phone is also good to have in case of emergency.
- Carry plenty of drinking water. Lake and stream water is usually not suitable to drink.
- If you leave your car at the trailhead, lock your doors, close your windows, and don’t leave anything valuable inside.
On the Hike
- As you hike, pay attention to trail marks and other landmarks. Stay on the trail!
- Start your hike slowly, Set the right pace and take breaks when needed.
- Pack out all trash and leftover food, and place it in proper garbage containers outside the trail.
- Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Do not collect fruit nor disturb the cattle.
- Close all the gates you open
- Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
- When encountering other visitors, be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail, especially to those hiking uphill when you're descending.
- Control your pets at all times.
What to wear
- Select clothing according to the environment and the weather you expect. Clothing is your first line of defence against the elements and should never be overlooked. Dressing several light layers of comfortable clothes is a good way to adapt to the intensity of your activity and to weather changes
- Good trail shoes or hiking boots make travel safer and easier.
- A hat protects the face and head from sun, and helps you stay warm when it’s cold.
- Use sunscreen, even on cloudy days.
- On some trails, mobile phone network can be intermittent or even non-existent for much of the route. Keep this in mind in case you have to make any calls.
112 National emergency number.
The respective panel or leaflet for each walking trail provides information about the nearest Fire Brigade.
On many of the trails there is no cell phone network except for at the start and end of the walk, so any calls should be made at these points.
Enjoy an unforgettable experience on the Walking Trails in the Azores.