Key information: Lake Fogo
- A fine climb through varied scenery to arguably the Azores’ loveliest crater lake.
Walkopedia rating(Top 100)
- Walkopedia rating92
- Natural interest16
- Human interest13
- Negative points0
- Total rating92
- Length: 11km
- Maximum Altitude: 550m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Beautiful Lake Fogo is, some would argue, the loveliest crater lake in the entire archipelago.
The walk in from the south is wonderfully varied and interesting. From the roadhead to the west of Agua de Alto, you make quite a long, steady climb to join a levada (irrigation channel) as it snakes around the flanks of a valley for 2 km or so. You then climb from the upper end of the levada to cross a low ridge to reach the lake shore (complete with surprising white sand) at some 550m up.
This is a place to loiter and take in the atmosphere. There will be few people around your end of the lake, although there is a short path down from the road to the north.
Return the way you came. 11km. 4.5 hrs+.
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