I found hosts who helped me discover & experience the island, in a most pleasurable, personal and real way. — Excerpt from Kathleen's Trip Advisor review
One "not to miss" part of São Miguel is Furnas, the most volcanically active region on the island. Furnas is alive with bubbling geysers, hot springs and vents. Due to its unique microclimate, it's also an incredible place to see lush vegetation, endemic plants and even sample a traditional cozido meat and veggie stew cooked in the volcanic vents.
We lead guests through this region with a few stops to understand the landscape and take in the incredible views. After a short hike down to Furnas Lake we can see the bubbling geysers and enjoy a picnic lunch, and continue our hike through an ancient manor and through an endemic forest. We then visit the town geysers, and share in a sensory experience connecting to sounds, sights and smells of the volcanic energy around us. We even enjoy a "tasting" of the naturally sparkling waters freely flowing in town. We finish with a rejuvenating hot spring soak, a perfect end to an awesome day.