. Walks, Talks & Whales - Pico
This trip invites you to discover the landscapes and culture of Pico, to meet the inhabitants of the Azorean sea and learn about Pico volcanoes, cetaceans, vineyards, and more. Enjoy some walking trails and Whale Watching trips during the day and a variety of presentations/discussions with the marine biologists during the evening. This is the perfect holiday for those who seek some adventure but also some culture and knowledge.
Day by Day
(Saturday to Saturday)
Day 1 - Faial or Pico
Transfer from Faial or Pico airport to hotel in Lajes do Pico. Welcome drink and information concerning the week activities.
Day 2 - Pico
In the morning: Whale watching excursion. In the afternoon: Visit to the Whalers Museum.
Day 3 - Pico
Walk the lava flow from Piedade to Manhenha (self-guided - transfer to Piedade included).
Day 4 - Pico
Walk the vineyards (self-guided) from Gruta das Torres (entrance included) to Madalena (transfer to Gruta das Torres included).
Day 5 - Pico
In the morning: Whale watching excursion. In the afternoon: Vigia da Queimada.
Day 6 - Pico
Walk from Lagoa do Capitão (self-guided) to São Roque (transfer to Lagoa do Capitão included).
Day 7 - Pico
Day 8 - Faial or Pico
Departure transfer to airport of Faial or Pico.
Learn about Pico & Cetaceans on land and at sea
This trip invites you to discover the landscapes and culture of Pico, to meet the inhabitants of the Azorean sea and learn about Pico volcanoes, cetaceans, photos and more
Walks: The hikes described in the Road Book can be a little tricky but are generally accessible to all walkers. Sometimes the itinerary can be varied, at the discretion of each walker, depending on individual abilities, knowledge of the area and physical fitness. The walks will be self-guided.
There are many hiking trails in Pico and it is impossible to see them all in one week. We have selected three which represent the typical landscape of this island:
- The vineyards classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site
- One of the last primitive Laurissilva tree forests to be found in Macaronesia
- The traditional, agricultural landscape of the eastern tip of the island
Learning and understanding: Whaling and the famous Verdelho wine have not only affected the islands economy, but also its landscapes, the social geographical organisation of the island and the island way of life.
One can get a better understanding of the Picarotos (Pico inhabitants) by browsing their history in the Whaler museum in Lajes, the Whale Factory in São Roque and the Wine Museum in Madalena. Nowadays we are trying to develop a softer sort of tourism, respectful of nature and culture, as well as innovative and creative: François, the potter, is a great example of this.
During the evening, our biologists or marine guides invite you to join a variety of discussions on topics such as:
- Cetaceans, their evolution, and the dangers that threaten them
- The turtle project, what has happened to all of those we have marked since 1989?
- The photo ID project, or how to better recognise and therefore protect the blue and sperm whales
- Animal photography
- The island of Pico, its geology, flora and fauna and the Picarotos
Whales and dolphins: If whaling has marked more than a century of Picos history, especially that of the southern coast, today, the mammals we want to introduce you to today are all living and breathing.
The number of observable species, their quantity and sometimes rarity, combined with the landscape, makes the Azores undoubtedly one of the finest locations for whale watching in the North Atlantic. Here it is possible to come across 28 types of cetaceans. On average we encounter 4 or 5 species during our 3-hour excursions and rarely return empty handed.
Note: all talks are held at 19:00 at the whale watching base.
Included / Not Included
- 7 nights (breakfast included depending on the hotel selected)
- Two 3-hour sea excursions based on Whales and Dolphins of Queimada
- Transfers for three self-guided walks in varied landscapes unique to Pico
- Approx. 5 talks on a variety of themes such as: Pico, volcanoes, the evolution of marine mammals, turtles, photo identification and other topics
- All transfers as described in the program
- Insurance for whale watching operations
- Free entrance to the Whalers museum
- Government taxes and a whale and dolphin observation permit
- Guide for the walks
- Upgrades to superior rooms
- Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
- Supplements for private tours
- Extra charge when arriving and/or departing from Faial airport: 25 euros per pax / OW.
The whale watching boats are fast and drawn for active voyages, unfortunately, cannot accommodate persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women, or persons with osteoporosis, sciatic,
The walks are self-guided. A roadbook will be provided.