THE AZORES 10 DAY PHOTO TOUR

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of São Miguel, Terceira, and Flores as we embark on an unforgettable journey to capture stunning moments along the way. Join this unique photographic adventure and discover the distinctive charm of each island through the lens of your camera.


2-11 NOVEMBER 2024


Created by local photographer Bruno Ázera and Pedro Kin

Indulge your passion for photography and nature on this captivating 10-day Photo Tour in The Azores, immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of São Miguel, Terceira, and Flores. This expedition promises an opportunity to capture the essence of these islands, from stunning volcanic craters and serene lakes to cascading waterfalls and diverse wildlife.

Regardless of your level of photographic knowledge, our tour is crafted to showcase the most photogenic locations in the Azores, steering clear of tourist crowds. Stay in accommodations that not only provide comfort but also enhance your overall experience, ensuring a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the beauty and diversity of the Azores.

The Azores, a cluster of nine exquisite volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, boast a verdant, remote, and volcanic landscape. Experience the untouched beauty of this archipelago, where pure landscapes and one of the largest whale sanctuaries offer exceptional conditions for photography year-round. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of these islands, savoring delicious local cuisine along the way.

Join us on this unparalleled adventure – a perfect blend of photography, nature, and cultural exploration in the heart of the Azores.

Rocha do Bordões

Embark on a thrilling photo adventure in the Azores, exploring the captivating islands of São Miguel, Terceira, and Flores. Forget about the logistics – we’ve got you covered with seamless transportation, flights, and comfortable accommodations. Just relax and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of these volcanic gems.

This is a unique opportunity to discover the beauty and charm of the Azores islands through the lens of your camera. Engage with the warm-hearted locals, delve into their culture, and capture breathtaking photos of volcanoes, quaint villages, and picturesque landscapes. Designed for adventurous souls who love exploring new places, this travel photography tour promises an unforgettable experience.

What makes the Azores particularly remarkable for photography is the proximity of incredible spots – no extensive driving required. Most locations are just a short distance away, sometimes only half an hour or less by car. Throughout the tour, we’ll guide and teach you, helping improve your photography skills both on and off the field. Expect a fun and rewarding experience as we navigate the Azores, capturing the essence of each island.

While we have a specific itinerary in place, flexibility is key. We allow room for spontaneity, enabling you to seize unexpected photographic opportunities encountered throughout the day. Join us for an adventure that combines exploration, education, and the joy of photography in the stunning landscapes of the Azores.


These photo tours are always for small groups, a maximum of 5 participants per guide, it’s a one-on-one experience.


4300€

double occupancy

2-11 November 2024

5-10

Bruno Ázera and Pedro Kin

amateur / advanced

Mostly Easy

only small hikes are involved

Azores

São Miguel / Terceira / Flores / Corvo

Hotel Octant / Hotel Cruzeiro / Villas do Mar


  • Discover 3 island paradises: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of São Miguel, Terceira, and Flores, each boasting its own distinct charm and natural wonders
  • Guided by 2 professional photographers: Benefit from the guidance of a local and seasoned photographer intimately familiar with the islands’ most picturesque locations, ensuring you capture the perfect shot.
  • Diverse landscapes: From the rugged volcanic landscapes of São Miguel to Flores emerald-green mountains and waterfalls, every day offers a new and captivating backdrop for your photographs.
  • Cultural immersion: Engage with local traditions, interact with the warm island communities, and capture the authenticity of daily life through your camera lens.
  • Small group experience: To facilitate personalized attention, our tour is limited to a small group of passionate photographers, fostering an environment for shared learning and inspiration.
  • Skill enhancement: Refine your technical skills and artistic vision, taking your photography to the next level.
  • Unforgettable Memories: Create a collection of photographs that not only tell a story but also serve as timeless memories of your incredible journey through these Atlantic gems.
  • 2 Professional photo guides (fluent in Portuguese and English)
  • Photographic field instructions
  • Tips and tricks along the day
  • Image reviews
  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels and guest houses, single occupancy in a private room with a bathroom
  • All Breakfasts
  • Park fees
  • Local flights to transfer between islands
  • Boat ride to Corvo (if the weather permits)
  • Whale Watching
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the airport
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner
  • Personal accident insurance and liability.
  • Lots of fun
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drinks
  • Snacks, lunch, and dinners are not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Flight tickets to Ponta Delgada from the original departure point
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Gratuities for photo guides, local guides, and/or drivers
  • I also advise everyone making travel plans for the near future to book a cancellation insurance
  • Camera (DSLR / Mirrorless)
  • Wide angle lens / midrange zoom / telephoto (optional)
  • Drone (recommended)
  • Tripod (recommended)
  • Comfortable clothes, a waterproof jacket, and hiking shoes
Patchwork

Welcome to João Paulo II airport in Ponta Delgada! We’ve got your transportation covered, ensuring a smooth journey to our hotel. Take the morning to unwind or venture out to explore the city at your own pace. Later, we’ll pick you up for a delectable welcome lunch at a local restaurant—an excellent chance to ask any questions you may have and forge connections with your fellow travelers.

In the afternoon, our adventure takes us to the Gorreana Tea Factory, the oldest tea plantation in Europe. Immerse yourself in the fascinating workings of the factory and explore its scenic surroundings. The distinctive shape and texture of the green tea leaves offer endless possibilities for captivating photography in this unique landscape.

As the day unfolds, our plans adapt to the weather. For a mesmerizing sunset experience, we might head to the beaches of Santa Bárbara and Monte Verde near our hotel. Alternatively, we could explore the jagged cliffs of Miradouro do Cintrão, providing a breathtaking panorama of the north coast with the Sete Cidades volcano as a majestic backdrop.

Our day begins at the stunning Lagoa do Fogo volcanic lake, situated at one of the highest points on the island. While the weather here can often be cloudy or foggy during the day, this unique atmosphere provides a mystical quality to the surroundings. If you have a drone, seize this opportunity to capture truly unique perspectives that the clouds and fog can enhance.

Following a delicious breakfast, our journey takes us west to explore the volcanic wonder of Sete Cidades and the twin lakes of Lagoa Verde and Azul, each painted with vibrant hues. The panoramic view from this vantage point provides an incredible sense of the surrounding area. For those inclined towards adventure, there’s the option to kayak or paddleboard on the serene lakes, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the experience.

As the day unfolds, our next destination is the renowned Grota do Inferno viewpoint, hailed as one of the highlights of the Azores. While the crater lakes of Sete Cidades can be admired from various perspectives, this spot offers an unrivaled view that truly stands out. If you happen to have a drone with you, take advantage of the opportunity to capture the aerial beauty of Lagoa do Canario, revealing an intriguing shape that adds an extra layer of fascination to the already breathtaking landscape.

Embrace the magic of sunrise at one of our cherished locations in São Miguel, the Vila Franca Islet. Renowned for its distinctive geological formation, this islet is a volcanic crater that partially collapsed, allowing seawater to create a natural circular pool inside. To capture truly unique perspectives, a bird’s eye view from a drone is essential.

Our journey continues to the captivating Lagoa das Furnas, a spectacular crater lake offering opportunities to photograph mud pools and other steaming geothermal features. Indulge in the unique local delicacies of Furnas, including the famous Cozido das Furnas, cooked by volcanic steam, and the sweet muffins known as bolo lêvedo.

Next on our itinerary is the Terra Nostra Park, celebrated as one of the most beautiful gardens, complete with inviting thermal pools. Don’t forget your swimwear; the temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius create a sensation of rest and relaxation, ensuring a delightful experience for the remainder of the day.

Our list of must-visit spots includes the Ribeira Quente waterfalls, where the rich iron waters create a unique palette of brown and orange hues. In the afternoon, we journey back to the island’s coastline to capture the mesmerizing sunset, concluding a day filled with diverse landscapes and unforgettable moments in São Miguel.

Morning flight to Terceira Island. Home of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angra do Heroísmo. After setting in at our accommodation, take some free time to relax before heading out and discovering the Island.

After lunch, we explore the Black Forest. A unique location due to its dense vegetation, light has a really hard time penetrating these trees, so photographing here is never the same.

Five minutes up the road we go straight to one of the highlights of the Island, Algar do Carvão. The only volcano in the world that you can walk inside it. Unfortunately, tripods are not allowed, so bring the fastest and widest lens you have.

Along the way we explore beautiful forest roads, some of the best-hidden gems are found here. Depending on the weather, we head up for sunset at Serra de Santa Bárbara, the highest point of the Island and a really awesome spot to finish our day.

Our early start takes us to Serra da Ribeirinha, perched on the southern rim of a volcano. From this vantage point, a panoramic view of the coast unfolds, with Serra do Morião and Serra Santa Bárbara to the right, overlooking Monte Brasil, and two more islands in the distance, São Jorge and Pico.

Our next destination is the picturesque Pico Dona Joana, home to one of the most unique perspectives in the Azores. With the backdrop of Ilhéu das Cabras, this volcanic cone promises an awe-inspiring sight.

At noon, we arrive at Praia da Vitória for a truly authentic Azorean experience. Delight in a homemade lunch at a local family’s restaurant, gaining insights into what life is like on these enchanting islands.

Our journey continues to the northern part of the island, leading us to Ponta do Mistério. This coastal gem offers a mysterious green-glazed lunar landscape against the backdrop of the blue Atlantic Ocean, creating an astonishing sight.

As the day unfolds, we make our way to Biscoitos for the sunset. Known for its wine-growing region and natural pools, this picturesque town showcases rugged black lava fields sculpted by the waves, resulting in captivating and intriguing landscapes.

We start our morning at Ponta das Contendas lighthouse and its surrounding seascapes. A beautiful area with a not so common brown and black coloured rock for the Azores. Depending on the weather, there is also a cave only accessible by sea that provides really interesting photo opportunities.

Next, we head back to our hotel and discover the UNESCO city of Angra do Heroísmo. The city has a rich history and culture, and its architecture reflects the influence of different periods and styles. The colorful buildings, the cobblestone streets, the monuments and the gardens create a charming atmosphere that invites you to explore and capture every detail.

Considered the most beautiful viewpoint in Portugal, we reserved the best for the last day. The unique view of the interior of the island, known as the “patchwork”, consisting of walls of volcanic stones dividing the farmer fields into square-shaped figures, makes Serra do Cume the epic spot to photograph the last light of the day.

We arrive at the best-kept secret of Europe, the wild and beautiful Island of Flores. After checking in at our accommodations and a quick lunch, we focus on the western part of the Island.

From there, we’ll make a short hike to the beautiful waterfalls of Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro. At the base of the waterfalls is an astonishing lagoon that makes for a variety of exciting compositions.

Late in the afternoon, we’ll head to the Fajã Grande environmental protection area for a sunset session at the Poço do Bacalhau waterfall. It’s a great place to practice aerial photography so if you have a drone, then be sure to bring it along.

The weather in the Azores is very unpredictable, especially in Flores, things change fast, and we might have to visit the same place twice.

Our second day starts at the natural reserve area of Morro Alto. Here you can explore the panoramic view of Lagoa Negra (the deepest lagoon of the Azores) and Lagoa Comprida, and also a beautiful straight road that looks amazing from above.

Next on our list are Lagoa Rasa and Lagoa Funda, a really interesting rugged landscape due to the difference in altitude and color between these two lagoons.

We continue north to Ponta Delgada town, exploring the rugged coastline, stopping at viewpoints, and finishing at the impressive Albarnaz lighthouse on the edge of the cliffs and its surrounding seascapes

Our day starts with sunrise at the seascape of Baía da Alagoa, a rocky bay overlooking a group of rugged basalt sea stacks as our main subject and Corvo Island in the background.

The picturesque town of Santa Cruz is our next location. Take some time to explore and enjoy its surroundings before lunch. There is also a really interesting cave that we can photograph with the Atlantic Ocean as a background. Bring your wide-angle lens, you really need it for this location. 

We head back to explore the waterfalls of the western part of the island. You’re on top of the world overlooking the massive waterfall of Ribeira Grande.

As we savor a final breakfast together, let’s take a moment to reminisce about the incredible moments we’ve shared during this photo tour. Unfortunately, the time has come to bid farewell and embark on our journeys back home. To ensure a seamless departure, transfers to the airport are arranged based on the hour of your flight, with no additional costs.

Cherish the memories captured through your lens and the bonds forged during our exploration of these remarkable Azorean islands. Until we meet again, safe travels and thank you for being part of this unforgettable adventure.


TOURS GUIDES

Bruno Ázera is a landscape photographer from Terceira Island with years of experience in the field. Being a local, He leads photo workshops and tours in the Azores.

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Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him chasing the light in the most beautiful mountains, forests and fjords of Europe. Favoring the cold landscapes and the raw nature of northern Europe, the weather does not stop him from going after the perfect shot — be it the northern lights in the Lofoten Islands, a snowy beach in Lithuania or a powerful waterfall in Iceland.

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2-11 NOVEMBER 2024


THE AZORES 10 DAY PHOTO TOUR

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