Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Lagoa do Capitão - Pico PR13PIC


Trail Info

This route begins in the central highlands of the island, next to the road of Estrada Transversal.

Start the route on the asphalt road which leads to Lagoa do Capitão [Capitan’s Lake]. Visit the lake and then take the dirt trail on the right. This path is flanked by endemic species, especially large Azores junipers (Juniperus brevifolia).

After 3 km, the trail will skirt the Piquinho Summit, with views over the north coast of the island.

Go back and continue down the gravel path for 400m, and turn right onto pasture land. Follow the markings and enter a shortcut amid endemic vegetation. A little further ahead, go down the cobbled, steep slope. As the altitude decreases, the vegetation turns into Australian cheesewood.

Upon leaving the vegetation, turn right into a picnic area. Then descend towards Cais do Pico to the Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara [St. Peter of Alcântara’s Convent], the end of this route.


Trail Information

Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 9.3 km
Time average - 3h
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