Pico do Pedro - Pico da Esperança - Fajã do Ouvidor PR4SJO
How to get there
Leaving from Velas village, by east, follow the Regional Road 1-2A for approximately 9 kilometres until you find the sign indicating "Nortes", following that direction. Go about 9 kilometres, until you find a dirt path to the right, indicating to the "Pico da Esperança". Follow this path around 6 metres where you will find the beginning of the walking trail.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
The trail begins at the bottom of Pico do Pedro (peak), on a dirt path, and ends in Fajã do Ouvidor.
Along the way you will see a large biodiversity and places of high geological importance, highlighting the Pico da Esperança, the highest point of the island. Before going down to Fajã do Ouvidor, visit the São Jorge Park´s House and meet some more treasures of the Nature Park.
Start the trail at the bottom of the Pico do Pedro (peak), on a dirt path. Along the way you will see a great diversity of flora, such as Hypericum foliosum, Vaccinium cylindraceum, Frangula azorica and Ilex Azorica. In terms of fauna can be sighted the Fringilla coelebs moreletti and the Turdus merula azorensis.
Through the trail you will find the Pico do Carvão (peak), which has a crater inside, followed by the Morro Pelado that has the Algar do Montoso (volcanic pit), the deepest of the Azores, with 140 metres deep.
Continuing the trail, you can see the highest point of the island with about 1053 metres, the Pico da Esperança and the Cordilheira Vulcânica Central (central volcanic ridge). In this place you can take a detour and climb the peak, where you can see, on days of low cloudiness, its lagoons and the surrounding islands Graciosa and Terceira on the north side and Pico and Faial on the south side.
Following the route, you will go through large patches of Juniperus brevifolia and Erica azorica. Continuing down, you will arrive at Norte Grande where you can visit the São Jorge Park´s House.
Down to the Fajã do Ouvidor Viewpoint is possible to observe the geosite of this fajã and Fajã da Ribeira d'Areia, which together with the Fajã das Pontas, are the only existing lava deltas on the northern coast of the island.
Finish the trail arriving at Fajã do Ouvidor, where you can admire the various ponds, of which highlights the Poça de Simão Dias.