I wouldn’t have imagined that a caldeira hike would really be entertaining, ’round a circular trail keeping the same view for the entirety, but the caldeira at Faial proved me wrong. The view was not only stunning, but it did change as we moved ’round the caldeira; shapes morphed as if we were flipping through the pages of a pop-up book.
During the morning, the caldeira was laden with fog. The fog lifted as the hours passed and for the majority of our hike we were beneath brilliant sunshine. Chirping, little songbirds (LBB) sang us a merry tune as they flitted about their nature reserve.
The 6.8km (4.2mi) trail is rated as easy, with the highest elevation of 1050m (3444ft), but this being our second trail after having spent 3-weeks at sea, our wobbly legs were grateful for the scenery as a distraction to keep us moving forward!