Caldeira do Faial

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Key information: Caldeira do Faial

  • A superb walk around Faial’s high caldera rim, with thrilling views on a good day.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 6km appx
  • Maximum Altitude: 900m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Caldeira do Faial:  Narrow caldera rim - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

This is an amazing walk around Faial’s high caldera rim.

Beginning at the roadhead on the rim, the trail winds around the perfect rim of this classic collapsed volcano.

When not in cloud the caldera provides huge views of the lower slopes with their fields and woodlands and little cones, and of the central archipelago laid out on the Atlantic and down to the lush crater floor with its little lakes and marshes some 400m below. The walk around the rim is atmospheric even in cloud in a slightly ghostly way. On a good day it is a pedestrian marvel...

The vegetation around the rim is itself worth coming for, a vivid mix including hydrangeas and giant heather.

This walk is on a high mountain with unpredictable weather. Come prepared

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Azores page.

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Caldeira do Faial: © Flickr user Rafael Sarro

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Caldeira do Faial: Caldera rim - © William Mackesy

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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Caldeira do Faial: Cloud clears from caldera - © William Mackesy...
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