Código de Conduta
Code of conduct
When visiting the Azores Nature Parks, have in account a set of essential conduct regulations, important for your safety and for the conservation and sustainable development of the protected areas, allowing everyone to enjoy our natural heritage now and in the future.
As the old saying says "Do not leave nothing but footprints, do not take more than memories and photographs".
Contribute to the preservation of the Protected Areas
› Respect the local lifestyles and traditions;
› Read the information placards of the protected area in where you are;
› Do not collect, capture or kill specimens of any natural species;
› Observe wildlife from a distance, with binoculars or other appropriate optical equipment, especially during periods of mating and nesting;
› Do not change the soil morphology, by excavations or removal of geological material;
› Walk always within the marked paths. Respect private property and close the gates that appear during the trails;
› The trail paths should be used by small groups. Excess of visitors can cause soil erosion and destruction of vegetation;
› Do not make noises that disturb the peace of the place, enjoy the sounds of nature;
› Do not camp nor make fires outside the designated areas;
› Do not leave waste. Take it with you and deposit it in the collection points;
› Whenever you detect any environmental irregularity, contact the local authorities:
Environmental Services |São Jorge Nature Park: (+351) 295 403 860
"Na minha Ilha" portal: http://servicos-sraa.azores.gov.pt/naminhailha/
SOS AMBIENTE: 800 292 800
For your safety
› Never perform a walking trail alone. Communicate to someone responsible the route you intend to perform and when will you do it;
› Follow only the marked paths and do not use shortcuts. Respect the signage;
› Do not approach domestic cattle. Although gentle, they do not like the approach of strangers, especially to their progenies;
› Respect the traffic rules. When two groups intersect uphill, the group that comes up has priority;
› Keep a steady walk. Do not rush or delay. If you feel too tired, alert the rest of the group; if you are led by a tour guide, never overtake the guide. Do not practice acts that endanger your and the other walkers’ safety;
› Make sure that you have the proper equipment. We suggest comfortable footwear and clothing and a backpack that allows distributing the weight. Your backpack should contain water, provisions, bag for trash, sunscreen, protected area map, compass, whistle, waterproof jacket and contacts of the local authorities.
If you are lost
› Keep calm, panic is your biggest enemy. Do not run frantically searching for the trail nor walk at random. The first thing the rescue teams do is positioned themselves in the place where you were last seen;
› Use your phone to notify the competent authorities. If this does not work yell for help or whistle to signal your location. Repeat the call in different directions or use the whistle;
› Never leave the walking trail. If you are out of it, and if you are walking alone, try to find a way back to the trail;
› Use a compass or map to get to a place where you can be found more easily. If you do not have a compass but have sense of the position and apparent movement of the sun, discover the direction E-W. In some places the bark of trees may be wetter on the side facing north (observe several species to detect a pattern);
› If it gets dark and if you are injured, exhausted or if the weather is bad, conserve your energy and protect yourself from the cold. In this case, a flashlight or, as last resort, a fire may be crucial because, besides the heat that will provide, it will help the search teams.