October 16 - 26, 2016


The Azores 

Sao Miguel, Terceira, and Lisbon Portugal

Profundo Journeys Azores & Lisbon - October 16 - 26, 2016


Following is a brief synopsis of our Profundo Journeys Photography tour to the Azores and Lisbon, Portugal. It was a great adventure indeed, with knowledgeable local guides, great food and wine. Although there seems to have been a lot going on, there was always 'down time' and freedom to explore on one's own. The photography opportunities were numerous, form vast open vistas to intimate little towns and local culture.


On Sunday October 16, our intrepid group of seven photographers and travelers  departed Boston on Sata Airline. The overnight flight landed in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel, Azores at 0645 the next morning, just in time to check into our hotel Marina Atlantico, have breakfast and begin our day of acclimation as the sun rose!
We enjoyed a free day to explore Ponta Delgada, photograph, and enjoy the city, have a 
landscape photography lesson and welcome dinner @ Alcides restaurant

On Tuesday October 18, it was a sunny  for full day road trip with our private driver.
Highlights included:

     Miradouro do Ilheu/Sao Roque overlook and café stop 
     Lagoa de Fogo (Fire Lake) great photos from the overlook of the lake 

     Caldeira Velha - hot spring swimming pools & gardens
     Geothermal generating station – Salto do Cabrito (baby goat waterfall)
     Ribeira Grande – O Silva restaurant for lunch
    Beach Morro de Rabo de Peixe – a walk on the beach
    Rabo de Peixe – small fishing village for photographing daily life
    Hotel Monte Palace – abandoned 5 star hotel above Twin lakes Lagoa Azul & Verde 
    Little town of Sette Cidades with its central church and surrounding neighborhood.
    Ponta da Ferraria for sunset photography with nearby lighthouse (Farol)

Wednesday October 19 – Day to explore Punta Delgada
    Street photography lesson

    Mercado – photography in the produce and fish market
    Museu Carlos Machado at the Convento de Santo 

    Free afternoon to explore Ponta Delgada

Thursday October 20 – Full day road trip 

     Caloura – small village with a small harbor and restored convento

     Vila Franca do Campo & Our Lady of Peace Chapel – the chapel & the zig-zag stairway

     Miradouro do Lombo dos Milhos – great vantage point overlooking Furnas

     Lagos das Furnas hot springs with lunch (Cozido) at Vale das Furnas restaurant
     Terra Nostra gardens in the town of Furnas, church of Our Lady of Joy
     Town of Furnas with the hot springs – photographing the steam from the hot springs           
     Miradouro Pico de Ferro overlooking Lagoa das Furnas
     Cha Gorreana tea plantation and tea factory 

Friday October 21 – morning in Ponta Delgada
     Fly to Terceira to Hotel Terceira Mar, in Angra Heroismo
     Algar do Carvao – volcanic chimney

Saturday October 22 – Terceira – Full day tour with private driver  – sunny & windy
     First stop Monte Brasil overlook
     Vistas of stone walls on Serra da Ribeirnha – great vists for photography
     Town of Sao Sebastio – with Imperio (small church) and Sao Sebastio church
     Serra da Cume – next to the windmills; patchwork view from the other side of the valley
     Furnas do Enxofre sulfur fumaroles (hot springs) a really windy stop
     Biscoitis – seaside town where we saw  really rough surf and stonewalls around the vineyards
     Final stop at Gruta do Natal overlook

Sunday October 23 - explore Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO world heritage site
      Explore the Cathedral (Ingreja do Santissimo Salvador da Se)
      Palace dos Capitaes Generais
      Convento de S Francisco (museum)

Monday October 24 – Early flight to Lisbon - afternoon to explore the city 

Tuesday October 25 – Explore Lisbon for the day or full day road trip to Fatima, Valinhos, Batalha,       Nazare, & Obidos

Wednesday October 26 – workshop concludes with final shopping; fly to Boston