On this circular route, the paths are usually stony and yellow in colour, due to their origin in pumice stone (the only stone that floats in water). Obsidian (or volcanic glass), a semi-precious black stone with sharp edges used in jewellery, can often be seen. You pass along a path, carved by man, animals and erosive factors, where a vaulted gallery of trees prevents you from seeing the sun for a few minutes. On the earthy, damp ground, ferns and strange mushrooms and mosses grow. We hear, amidst the vegetation, the curious starling, the blackbird and the pigeons. It crosses small tributaries, some of them dry, of a stream that springs higher up. On the way, a few angelica lignescens and sanicula azorica herbaceous plants endemic to the Azores await you, somewhat unexpectedly, you can observe the deep valley worn away by time and water, and the impressive landscape of vegetation, with spurge flax (arceuthobium azoricum) growing on cedar wood, in the midst of an amalgam of other species of great heritage value.
- Suitable footwear
Duration: 3hrs, 7Km