Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Caldeira - Faial PRC04 FAI


Trail Info

Inserted in the Natural Reserve of Caldeira of Faial and in a section of protected landscape of the Central Area, this circular route located in the center of the island, shows an important Geosite – Caldeira. With around 2 km in diameter, was formed through several eruptions, intertwined with periods of calm, along the last 400 thousand years. This trail goes along a height between 840 and 1040 meters, being advisable doing it in days of good weather and visibility.  Along the trail the marks change between white, red and yellow from the intersection of Grand and Small Route and the yellow and red from Small Route. The crossings are properly marked on site, with signaling arrows.

Begin the trail at the viewpoint of Caldeira, cross the small tunnel accessing the crater and enjoy the view to its interior, filled with abundant flora, typical from the laurel forest. Back to the road, go up the stairs and follow right by a dirt road towards the Chapel of São João.

Along the trail it is possible to appreciate several specimens of endemic flora such as Azores Juniper (Juniperus brevifolia), Azorean Heather (Erica azorica), Azorean Blueberry (Vaccinium cylindraceum), Azorean Euphorbia (Euphorbia stygiana), Azorean Angelica (Angelica lignescens), among others.

As you go around Caldeira enjoy the views over the North and West coast, as well as its interior. Before the track starts going up towards Cabeço Gordo, the highest point of the trail with 1043 meters high, you will cross a connection to the West side of the island through the trail PR 06 FAI – Rota dos Dez Vulcões. Passing by the dishes, the trail goes down until the initial viewpoint. This part requires some caution due to its sharped unevenness. Reaching the parking place, there is the possibility to connect to the East side of the island through the trail PR 07 FAI - Caminhos Velhos.


Trail Information

Category - Circular
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 6.8 km
Time average - 2h30m
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