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Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Cha

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#2 of 24 in Nature in Sao Miguel
Water Body · Nature / Park
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Hike through the untouched nature surrounding Lagoa do Fogo, a crater lake at the center of Sao Miguel Island. This vividly blue body of water fills a crater that was formed from a volcanic eruption in 1563. The lake is the highest above sea level on the island and is protected by the government, which has banned any modern construction around the lake to preserve its beauty. Follow the trail leading down to the lake. If you prefer not to hike, you can simply visit the tranquil lake by car or with a tour and take in the views from high above. Plan trip to Ribeira Cha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The journey is amazing around the lake. It is a great drive around with multiple viewpoints along the way. We elected to stop by the radio towers and hike up the hill there (probably under an hour... 
    The journey is amazing around the lake. It is a great drive around with multiple viewpoints along the way. We elected to stop by the radio towers and hike up the hill there (probably under an hour...  more »
  • We were fortunate to see the 'Lake of Fire' on a clear day -- there was no fog or clouds. It's higher than the Sete Cidades and also beautiful. 
    We were fortunate to see the 'Lake of Fire' on a clear day -- there was no fog or clouds. It's higher than the Sete Cidades and also beautiful.  more »
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  • If you decide to follow the Google Map route (as I did) you'll end up walking in a dirt road for about 1 hour until you reach the lake. Not the best trail ever but it has some nice flora and viewpoints later on. It also goes mostly uphill. You need to leave the car at the beginning (there's a parking spot nearby)
  • Beautiful hike, looks like being in a Jurassic Park movie, nature at its best

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