Deep into the West - The Private Guide

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Experience hosted by Carlos

4.5 hours, Hosted in English
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What you'll do

The West of the island is one of the most impressive parts of it. You really don´t want to miss all the sites around here or rush trough them. The West is worth a full day of exploring on its own.

The best spots for views of the caldera and lakes are off the main road, and finding them is not easy. This experience includes them all, and you are only able to do this in a day with the help of a local. Plus this is a private experience, so you can take as long as you like in your favorite places.

We will see Sete Cidades lakes, from down and up the mountain, and learn the secret behind its different colors. We will also be at the best views for Santiago, Canário and Empadadas lakes, as well as the epic Grota do Inferno.

We will follow to the darkest sand beach in the island, and dazzling natural pools, in Mosteiros. If its Summer time you can have a refreshing swim on the clear waters or save it for the open sea thermal pool, heated by the breath of the volcano during low tide, at Ferraria.

This experience takes about 5-6h.
This is a Private experience, only you or your group coming.
My regular transportation is a 4 people vehicle, so there is a maximum of 3 participants to ensure comfort. I can rent a van for bigger groups please message me if it´s of your interest.
If this experience is not available on your chosen date, please ask I´ll open for your preferred date.
The West of the island is one of the most impressive parts of it. You really don´t want to miss all the sites around here or rush trough them. The West is worth a full day of exploring on its own.

The best spots for views of the caldera and lakes are off the main road, and finding them is not easy. This experience includes them all, and you are only able to do this in a day with the help of a local. Plus this is a private experience,…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottled Water

Meet your host, Carlos

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 14 Reviews
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Hi I´m an English and History teacher, and an island guide together with my daughter Monique (a Airbnb Super Host), for 5 years now, in the little paradise island of São Miguel, where we are also fortunate to live. You will understand why I say fortunate, many of the travelers that come here and stay or explore the island with us, fall easily in love and want to move here right away! My island bursts with amazing volcanic landscapes, thermal activity, luxurious fauna and flora, and endless shades of green. The weather plays a big role in the islander´s lives, since it´s always changing, we can have the 4 seasons in the same day, and it´s much easier to navigate through it with a help of a local. I know all of the island perks, and spots, and my passion is to show visitors the genuine way of living like an Azorean!
Hi I´m an English and History teacher, and an island guide together with my daughter Monique (a Airbnb Super Host), for 5 years now, in the little paradise island of São Miguel, where we are also fortunate to live. You will understand why I say fortunate, many of the travelers that come here and stay or explore the island with us, fall easily in love and want to move here right away! My island bursts with amazing volcanic landscapes, thermal activity, luxurious fauna and flora, and endless shade…
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Where you'll be

I will take you to see and experience all of the best sights of the western part of the island.
- Sete Cidades Lakes
- Santiago Lake
- Canário Lake
- Grota do Inferno
- Empadadas Lakes
- Escalvado ViewPoint
- Mosteiros
- Ferraria

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Asakala
September 2021
Carlos's daughter Monique took the tour - I didn't know tours could be this great. She is witty, knowledgeable, adaptable and always with a smile - it felt like having a friend from here rather than a tour guide. Highly recommend
Marilyn
August 2021
Carlos was awsome. The nicest and knowledgeable guide you can hope for! He even made the weather good for the second day, can you imagine that?! As a woman traveling alone I felt safe and taken care of, and all that in a magnificent island. 10/10
Frank
August 2021
Lovely trip with a lot of well told story about the Azorers and how the land become what it i s today. His English is excellent. And we really enjoyed his tour. He succeeded at all points including planning the tour after the weather. We can recomend him for a tour around the island San Miguel
John
August 2021
This was exactly what we were looking for. Carlos was very knowledgeable and took us to some terrific viewpoints to see these amazing sites.
Owain
June 2021
Carlos is a fantastic guide and it was a great experience. While the weather decided not to play along, he was able to find an array of enjoyable alternatives.
Mariel
June 2021
Carlos was fun, knowledgeable, and went out of his way to help us feel comfortable on our tour around the island. He answered all of our questions in the perfect amount of detail, and customized our journey to our wants and needs. He has a massive amount of historical and local knowledge, and he is more than happy to accommodate any specific requests that you might have. If you are looking for a wonderful day visiting the greatest sights in the west, I highly recommend Carlos!

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  • Fri, 22 Oct
    1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    $124 per person
  • Sat, 23 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person
  • Sun, 24 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person
  • Mon, 25 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person
  • Tue, 26 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person
  • Wed, 27 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person
  • Thu, 28 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person
  • Fri, 29 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $124 per person

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 3 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is light.
The skill level for this experience is beginner.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.