• Hiking Tour Pico da Esperança na Ilha de São Jorge nos Açores

Walking Trail Pico da Esperança

Hiking through the central mountain range of São Jorge island, which reaches 1,056m at Pico da Esperança and offers panoramic views of the Central Group.

The mountain range on the island of San Jorge, which reaches the altitude of 1.056m in Pico da Esperança, you can enjoy a panoramic view from San Jorge and other islands of the Central Group of Azores. In the highest areas of this mountain range, Pico da Esperança, Pico do Areeiro, Pico do Pinheiro, Pico Alto, Pico das Pedras and Pico das Brenhas, you’ll find, above all, the presence of a large endemic vegetation of botanical and scientific value worthy of all the protection which led to the creation of three nature reserves.

This trail begins on Pico das Caldeirinhas and ends by the sea (North Coast - Fajã do Ouvidor). This route takes us through some of the highest points of this mountain range, where we found craters of extinct volcanoes with beautiful lakes populated with reddish fish. We will still find endemic typical flora of these islands. Noteworthy is the rarest European orchid, Platanthera azorica, that can be found in Pico da Esperança and a few places around you, in the central mountain range of volcanic origin.

Hiking Pico da Esperança in São Jorge - Azores

The entire route goes by hills and valleys "painted" by nature: a strong green, softened by the blue sea surrounding the "Sleeping Dragon" Island – the San Jorge island.

This walking tour ends in Fajã do Ouvidor, by the sea. This Fajã stands out for its geological formations along the coast, commonly referred to as "Pools". These volcanic formations originated pools which formed lovely swimming areas. The largest and best known is the Pool of Simão Dias.

Before leaving the Fajã, you can refresh yourselves in the beautiful natural pool of Simão Dias and observe the prismatic formations surrounding the pools.

activity information

difficulty level

Distance of the Hiking

total distance: 17km

Hiking duration

hiking: 5h

Total Time of the Activity

total time: 6h

Starting Point

start: pico pedro

Finish Point

finish: fajã ouvidor


central zone

Maximum Altitude

altitude max: 1056m

12 years


additional information

Ponto de Encontro

meeting point

 The meeting point is where the activity starts.
When you make the reservation, a link will be sent to you with the location of the Meeting Point to the activity's starting point. 

bring to the activity

Comfortable and light clothing;

Hiking boots or tennis shoes;


Backpack not exceeding 25L;

Waterproof jacket;

Wind shield.;


included in the activity

​​​​​​​ Accredited guides;




Gift Aventour.


- You get a discount of 5€ per person, if you go directly to the meeting point for the activity. We will send you the coordinates (Google Maps) of the meeting point.

- The prices for a single client, at the time of booking, are 50% off. On the date of the activity, if there is only one client, you will have to pay the remaining 50% (at the meeting point), if there are no other clients for the same tour.