Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Sanguinho - São Miguel PRC09 SMI


Trail Info

This small circular route in Faial da Terra begins near the bus stop. Go up the asphalted road until the fork where you should continue straight by a dirt road, always along the left bank of the stream. Along the trail, the vegetation is thicker, with the Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum) and the Australian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) as predominant species.

Along the trail there are several orchards on both banks of the creek, belonging to small family farms. We ask the hikers not to pick fruits along this track.

 Reaching a bridge over the stream, cross it to the other side and go up until the fork, where you should go right to Salto do Prego. Follow the marks until you arrive to the waterfall of Salto do Prego, passing by a road on the left that connects to PR 11 SMI Ribeira do Faial da Terra.

At this point it is possible to explore the base of the waterfall as well as climbing by a trail until the higher part of the stream. Return by the same way, follow right on the second fork, heading Aldeia do Sanguinho. In this old village, being restored, you will find typical houses, small farms and several samples of Buckthorn (Frangula azorica), endemic specie of the Azores that gives name to this place.

Walk down the winding road in paving stone, very carefully due to its slippery ground and angle of inclination, until you reach the first fork of the trail, near the stream. Descend the main road until the initial panel, ending the trail.


Trail Information

Category - Circular
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 4.5 km
Time average - 2h00
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