Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Caldeira - Faial PRC4FAI

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Trail Info

This route starts at the Caldeira Viewpoint in the central part of the Island.

Start by climbing the stairway with a wooden fence and turn right, skirting the Chapel on the right. From here, enter the dirt trail flanked by Hydrangeas to begin with.

Further ahead, hydrangeas are no longer evident and endemic flora becomes prevalent, including Azores Juniper (Juniperus brevifolia), Azores Heather (Erica azorica), Azores Blueberry (Vaccinium cylindraceum), Spurge (Euphorbia stygiana), Angelica Lignescens, and Lysimachia Azorica, among others.

Continue along the trail that skirts the Caldeira (overlooking the villages on the north coast), and a little further ahead, the track climbs towards a place called Alto do Guarda Sol. Upon reaching the tarmac road, turn left to Cabeço Gordo, the highest point of this route.

Then descend towards the Caldeira Viewpoint, a section that requires some caution due to the steep incline.

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Trail Information

Category - Circular
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 7 km
Time average - 2h 30m
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