Caminho das Lagoas PR19PIC
How to get there
Coming from Madalena by Longitudinal Road, turn right towards Lajes do Pico at the junction with Cross Road, after about 700 metres you will find a junction on the left, which is the beginning of the trail.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
The Lagoas walking trail is a journey through the island in its purest state. The route begins at the Cross Road, next to a Forest Service’s house, and ends in Ribeirinha parish. This trail is inserted in the Zona Central Protected Landscape Area.
The trail begins at the Cross Road, next to a Forest Service’s house, and ends in Ribeirinha parish. Along the trail that goes through a large alignment of small volcanoes, one has the opportunity to discover the lagoons of Caiado, Seca, do Peixinho, do Paúl, and more. The trail also passes in altitude pastures zones.
The trail is located in the Zona Central Protected Landscape Area and in the priority geosite of the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark, Planalto da Achada (plateau), it goes through the Lagoa do Caiado Protected Area for the Management of Habitats or Species and the Caveiro Nature Reserve.
In this area, it is possible to find high and active and covered peatbogs (Sphagnum spp., Eleocharis multicaulis and Juncus spp.), Ilex azorica and Juniperus brevifolia. In terms of fauna, one can find the species Regulus regulus inermis, Turdus merula azorensis, Scolopax rusticola, among others.