Lagoa do Fogo

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Lagoa do Fogo
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY745 contributions
May 2022
One fo the highest points of the island so it is naturally *cold* here with the wind. Dress in layers that can be added/removed accordingly. There is also a hike around the lake if the weather is decent enough!
Written 25 May 2022
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JeanneMarie A
10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Steep hike with “wow” views. The trail wasn’t overly crowded, many opportunities to capture breathtaking views. After descending more than 1/2 way down the mountain, there’s a short but sturdy ladder. Most hikers can make it to the lake in an hour, but more time is needed to explore down by the shoreline. Hiking shoes recommended for some rocky and muddy areas. Hot springs are just a drive down the road from here. Unfortunately we didn’t make it there before closing time.
Written 6 April 2022
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Maxim S
Somerville, MA24 contributions
Jul 2021
Hiking the Lagoa do Fogo was my most memorable experience from the trip to Sao Miguel. The view from the miradouro was exceptional in the early morning light. The lake was engulfed in a serene atmosphere of quiet and isolation, with bird calls and tress rustling in the wind being the only sounds. Hiking down to the lake takes a mere 10-15 minutes.
Written 11 July 2021
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MªTeresa | uaineturas
Lisbon, Portugal206 contributions
Jul 2020
Beautiful lagoon - The fire lagoon! Has a great Miradouro to see the complete lagoon I am hoping to see next time if I can go around the by hike!
Written 31 January 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,405 contributions
Jan 2020
Lagoa do Fogo became my second Wow spot on the island after Sete Cidades. Like all the beauties of San Miguel, the lake is of volcanic origin. Occupying the Central Caldera of the Agua de Pau massif, the lake was formed about 5,000 years ago as a result of erosion and the subsequent collapse of the volcano's walls. By the way, the youngest on the island (15,000 years old) The lake is located at an altitude of 575 meters, and the edge of the crater at the highest point at an altitude of 949 meters this creates a surreal view of the lake and the sea at the same time. The bowl of the lake is concave, as the inner slopes of the crater reach almost 50 degrees. The best views are obtained from the mountain on which the weather station is located, which can be reached by car. The lake in the form of an irregular ellipse measuring 3 by 2.5 kilometers from this point is magnificent. Going down there will be two more observation decks, from one of which you can go down to the beach, which is recognized as one of the 7 best beaches in Portugal. Interestingly, this beach is the only one in the top seven almost not used for swimming. By the way, the water of the lake is suitable for drinking and is used for water supply of settlements on the southern slopes of the Caldera. Tourists can stay not only for swimming, but also to study the endemic species that grow along the perimeter of the lake and Caldera: Azores juniper, Azores Laurel, Azores Heather. However, there are a few "Buts". First. All this beauty is available in case of absence or slight fog. Unfortunately, the climate of the Azores disposes to the opposite. 300 days a year there is fog of varying degrees of transparency... second. It is better to go here in summer, because in winter it is bitterly cold. Still, the level is almost 1000 meters, high humidity, plus wind from the sea. The thermometer reading and the feeling of temperature can be very different. The third "but". Even if everything comes together as we have, it is impossible to get here and go back by public transport. This business is generally bad in the Azores, but it's terrible here. The most inexpensive way (not counting a rented car) to get to Lagoa from Ponta Delgado by bus, and from there by taxi. The taxi driver will wait for You on the miradors, but, of course, will not wait for You from the beach. If you suddenly want to swim on the beach of the seven best wild beaches in Portugal...
Written 22 December 2020
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Naila A
Lisbon, Portugal109 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Spectacular views . Roads are safe and well maintained . Many options for hiking . Very peaceful and restful .
Written 13 November 2020
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bertrand2204
Oisterwijk, The Netherlands423 contributions
Sep 2020
This was our first hike on the Acores.
We parked on the parking on the northwest part of the lake (see photo of the hike).

The views on the lake are awesome and even if the weather was not the best we really enjoyed the hike.

Our only disappointment is that you cannot make a round around the lake and you have to come back by the same path.

But that remains a super hike to make !!
Written 3 October 2020
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Michael R
9 contributions
Feb 2020
Lagoa do Fogo is a beautiful volcanic lake near the centre of São Miguel. You could simply drive up to the viewpoint to see the lake, but if you have time I'd recommend doing the hike instead. Use these coordinates 37°43’40.0″N 25°28’17.5″W to find the parking spot, and then follow the signposted trail, which will take you through farmland, forests, mountain valleys, and finally to the lake itself. One of the nicest hikes I've ever done, taking about 2 hours each way. You'll want to pick a clear day if possible, to get the best views across the lake (weather can change pretty quickly in the Azores, so even if it's cloudy when you get to the lake you could wait for 30 minutes and it could clear up).
Written 3 March 2020
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Sean M
Alfred, ME423 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The lake has great views and can be seen from several places around the lake; we chose the north side. It was shorter and close to some of the other sights.
Written 24 February 2020
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Matteo R
Syracuse, Italy280 contributions
Jan 2020
The area is perfectly accessible from a touristic point of view. View points, parking, trails etc. almost everywhere.
Written 11 January 2020
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