Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande - Salto do Cabrito - São Miguel PRC29 SMI

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Trail Info

The walking trail of Salto do Cabrito is a small circular route beginning/ending in the area of Caldeiras of Ribeira Grande. Here you can enjoy the hot springs, the recreation area as well as the bathing
facilities and restaurant.

Begin this walk going down the asphalted road until you reach the junction and follow on the left, direction Lombadas/Monte Escuro until you find a pipeline. Continue the asphalted road, around 100m and you will find, on your right hand side, a chain that you should transpose and follow along the way to gain access to the Fajã do Redondo Dam.

Return to the pipeline and follow it, until you reach a downword road, flanked by Japanese cedars (Cryptomeria japonica). This path will lead you to the Hydroelectric Power Plant of Fajã do Redondo,
deactivated, but you can visit if you call in advance the Company EDA Renováveis. In this location you will have to cross a stream, climbing the stairs that give access to a metallic sidewalk. This trail
goes along the passageway until you find a steeply stairway that will take you to the Hydroelectric Power Plant of Salto do Cabrito. Arriving here, you will have to go right, round the building in order to gaze the waterfall that gives name to this power plant.

With the waterfall on your back, continue your walk going up until you arrive to an asphalted road. Turn right, following the sidewalk, you will pass the Bar “Lagoa do Fogo” and the Geothermic central of Pico Vermelho. Before the junction on your left side, you will find a detour on your right hand side, a dirt road and you should follow it. Along this path there will be two streams to overcome, on the second one, with bigger flow, there is a suspension bridge to assist the crossing. Ahead you will find a fork, go right, cutting on your first on your left side. Follow the signs until you see a paved road where you should turn right again, back to the Caldeiras of Ribeira Grande.

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Trail Information

Category - Circular
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 8.5 km
Time average - 2h30
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