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“Nice little lake and tourist town”
Review of Furnas

Furnas
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$75.03*
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Full-Day Furnas Valley Tour Including Lunch
Ranked #17 of 166 things to do in Sao Miguel
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

There's an easy 1.5hrs hike around the Furnas lake, with the bonus of visiting a few caldeiras (hor springs) along the way.
The town itself is quite filled with tourists. The hot springs are worth the visit, the remind me of Yellowstone WY and Rotorua NZ (no geysers, though).

Thank steigers
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Took a day trip to Furnas from Ponta Delgado. We started at the mirador at edge of the Caldera. For those who enjoy walking there's a path which descends 2.5 km or so to the cooking pits on the edge of the lake, so you can walk down and meet up with your tour if arranged in advance. Lots of holes with boiling water, smelling of sulphur, which had muddy incrustation around the holes, with some bits with orange staining. Take care with young children, as some bits are not fenced.

At lunch time, many of the steam cooking pits are opened up. It's possible as a private individual to use the pits, you get given a tag with a number. We're told it takes between 6-8 hours to steam your meal, and the meat should be below and the veg on top, cut into big pieces.

There's also a nice walk around the lake. The bus stops are quite obvious in the village (which is more than you can say for Ponta Delgado), so coming out for a walk, using the bus should in theory be possible.

1  Thank Mary S
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Easy to get lost in the narrow streets but recommend Tony's restaurant and the gardens. Some interesting walks but probably best to drive to lake rather than walk.

Thank Mark W
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is the closest you can get to active geysers steaming out boiling water from the ground. You can see the mineral deposits coming from the iron undeground and smell the fumes.

While there plunge into one of the two hot spring baths rich in iron minerals and relax like the locals.

1  Thank Josef B
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

this was a great spot recommended to us by our Air Bnb host in Lagoa. You can take a bus from Lagoa or Ponta Delgada but the times are early and spread out, however its worth it. It was a Saturday so we go a bus at 9am and it was a wild terrifying ride through the mountain roads that wrap around the sides with a steep cliff on the other side and small towns where you could reach out and touch the buildings if the windows opened. But you can tell the driver is a pro and is good at what he does.
Get dropped off by the lake first so you can see the hot springs and look around the lake. You can walk around the whole thing if you are inclined. Its very pretty and you will find and old medieval area church. From there follow the main road the bus dropped you off at to get to the village where you will find iron water hot spring you can soak your tired walking bones in. Keep to the right and the road will fork with a deep incline down to the right. Take that road until you get to the village. (this is why i say to the lake first so you dont have to walk up!) There are yellow and red strip markings along the paths telling you its the right way to be walking. When you get the the village turn left where the road ends and you will find the iron water thermal baths. At 2 euro its so worth it, but don't wear anything white and the iron will stain your clothes (but comes out in the wash for the most part but maybe white is not so forgiving). Then walked to the other side to town (another 15-20min walk) and saw many more hot springs and some have been chilled so you can drink from different fountains and try them. Some are stronger then others but we did find a tasty one that was iron rich and we filled out canteen and sipped on it while people watching.
The bus back picks you up right at those springs and if you time it right you have time for a beer or cafe before the bus comes back, like we did!
It was a great trip into the mountains and you will probably never see such interesting nature. Enjoy!

7  Thank aprilleightree
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