WONDERS OF AZORES PHOTO TOUR

Join us and discover the Wonders of Azores on this 8 day photo adventure. Explore the beauty and unique landscape of São Miguel and Terceira Island.

dates: 23-30 May 2022 / 17-24 June 2022


Created by local photographer Bruno Ázera

Explore the beauty of the Azores and its pristine islands with this one of a kind 8 day photo adventure workshop. Suitable for all levels of photographic knowledge, our goal is to show you the most photogenic locations in the Azores, away from the tourist crowd while staying in accommodations that provide you with the best experience.

In this crazy current Covid-19 world, it is natural that you might feel frightened of travelling. Here’s why you should consider this Photo Adventure in the Azores. It’s considered One of the safest destinations in Europe in 2021 from the European Best Destination Organization.

“In 2021, Azores is one the safest, most surprising, and comfortable destination. In this new reality, the 9 islands of Azores distinguish themselves by the security they offer”



The Azores are nine beautiful volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean. The archipelago is green, volcanic, and remote. With breathtaking landscapes in its purest state and one of the largest whale sanctuaries, provides exceptional conditions for photography during any time of the year.

We will travel by private shuttle and commercial flights as we explore the different photographic sights of São Miguel and Terceira Island. All transportation, local flights between islands, and accommodations are included in the workshop cost to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.  This allows our participants to concentrate on enjoying and capturing the unbelievable scenery of the islands.

The Azores are considered one of the best Whale Watching spots in the world, so we have to make the most out of it. We head out to the Atlantic in a charter boat just for the group tour with the guys at Futurismo. Their team of professional and enthusiastic experts share the same passion for the Azores as we do.

Immerse yourself in the amazing culture, the warm-hearted people, and the photographic gems of the Azores islands. From volcanic villages, hot springs to whale watching, as long as you have a sense of adventure, then this is the perfect travel photography tour for you.

One of the main topics that travellers also talk about when visiting the Azores, is that you don’t waste time driving from one location to another. Every photography spot is close by, in some cases just a 20-minute drive or less. Throughout the tour, your expert photo guides will be on hand, sharing their knowledge with you both in-field and out to ensure that you’ll have a well-rounded learning experience.

Although we have a specific itinerary planned, we also allow some flexibility to take advantage of photographic opportunities we encounter along the day.

WONDERS OF AZORES PHOTO TOUR


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


DESTINATION

Azores

São Miguel / Terceira Island

DATES

23-30 May 2022 / 17-24 June 2022

8 days

TOUR PRICE

3700.00€

single occupancy in private room

GROUP SIZE

4-5

PHOTO STYLE

Nature / Landscape

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Mostly Easy

only small hikes are involved

COMFORT

4 / 5 Star Hotels

EXPERIENCE

Beginner / amateur / enthusiast / semi-pro photographers

  • Visit 2 different Islands
  • Top spots of the Islands
  • Epic views
  • Whale Watching
  • Discover the underground world
  • Photograph inside a volcano
  • Explore a mystical forest
  • Hot springs
  • Hike through endemic vegetation
  • HDR and long exposure techniques
  • Taste unique local cuisine
  • Professional photo guide (fluent in Portuguese and English)
  • Photographic field instructions
  • Tips and tricks along the day
  • Image reviews
  • Whale watching with charted boat for group tour only
  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • All Breakfasts
  • Park fees
  • Local flight tickets to transfer between islands
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the airport
  • Post-processing and editing sessions
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner
  • Lots of fun
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drinks
  • Snacks, lunch, and dinners 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
  • Personal Insurance (required) / We recommend IATI or World Nomads
  • Camera (DSLR / Mirrorless)
  • Wide angle lens / midrange zoom / telephoto (optional)
  • Tripod (recommended)
  • Comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket and hiking shoes
  • Extra water and snacks

DAY 1 / SÃO MIGUEL / ARRIVAL

We welcome you at João Paulo II airport in Ponta Delgada. Upon arrival, due to Covid-19, you go through all the necessary health checks at the airport. We provide the transportation to your hotel. You have the morning to relax or explore by yourself the city and we will pick you up later for a delicious welcome lunch in a local restaurant. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have and to get to know your fellow travellers a little better.

After lunch we head to Salto do Cabrito waterfall. A place where you can explore it’s environment and play with long exposure photography.

For sunset we visit one of my favorite locations of São Miguel, Lagoa do Fogo volcanic lake, and one of the highest points of the island. It usually tends to be cloudy or foggy during the day and ultimately ruin any potential view to be had.

Salto do Cabrito
Lagoa do Fogo

DAY 2 / SÃO MIGUEL

Our second day starts at Lagoa do Fogo. Yes, we’ll visit this amazing place for a second time. Sunrise here is different from yesterday’s spot, and if you have a drone take full advantage of it. You can create really unique perspectives up here.

After lunch we travel west and explore the volcanic crater of Sete Cidades, two multi-colored lakes of Lagoa Verde and Azul. It’s an incredible sight and the best way to have a sense of the surrounding area. If you have a drone, Lagoa do Canario by air reveals a really interesting shape.

Further along the dirt road, we arrive at one of the highlights of the Azores, Boca do Inferno viewpoint. The crater lakes of Sete Cidades can be viewed from several different viewpoints, but it’s hard to beat this spot.

For sunset, we drive through Sete Cidades down to Mosteiros beach to capture the last light of the day in a beautiful seascape photography location.

Lagoa do Fogo
Vista do Rei viewpoint at Sete Cidades
Vista do Rei
Boca do Inferno
Mosteiros beach

DAY 3 / SÃO MIGUEL

The morning starts at Vila Franca Islet. You really need a drone for this location, one of the most beautiful and unique places in the Azores. Next, we explore the beaches and seascapes of the south of São Miguel and finishing at Caloura for lunch.

After lunch, we head out for a hike at Lagoa do Congro, a hidden jewel amidst the lush green vegetation.

Next, the oldest and currently the only tea plantation in Europe, Gorreana Tea factory. Get to know the factory and explore its surroundings. The landscape here is unique, the shape and texture of the green tea leaf’s creates endless photography possibilities. 

We make our way northeast to the beautiful and rugged landscape of Nordeste, exploring amazing places along the way like Ribeira dos Caldeirões and Poço Azul.

Vila Franca Islet
Gorreana tea plantation

DAY 4 / SÃO MIGUEL

We start our morning at Santa Iria viewpoint for sunrise. The location of our hotel is perfect for photographers. Being so close to these sunrises locations, we head back for breakfast before heading out to Lagoa das Furnas, a spectacular crater lake where you will have the chance do photograph mud pools and other steaming geothermal features.

We will try the famous local dish known as Cozido at Vale das Furnas restaurant, which is unique to this town and is cooked by volcanic steam, as well as the sweet muffins called bolo lêvedo.

Terra Nostra Park is our next spot and considered one of the most beautiful gardens, with the added bonus of having thermal pools. Be sure to bring your swimwear, with temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius, provides a sensation of rest and relaxation for the rest of the day.

In the afternoon we head back to the north coast of the island to photograph the coastline for sunset.

Capela de Nossa Senhora das Vitórias
Terra Nostra Park
Lagoa das Furnas Garden

DAY 5 / SÃO MIGUEL

The Azores are considered one of the best Whale Watching spots in the world, so we will make the most out of it. Early in the morning we head out to the Atlantic with the guys at Futurismo in a charter boat just for the workshop group, a trip designed just for photographers at the best light of the day. Plenty of room to explore and capture all the best moments without any distractions. 

We head back for lunch and enjoy the free afternoon for yourself because tomorrow we travel to another island. 

Whale watching

DAY 6 / TERCEIRA

Morning flight to Terceira Island. Home of the Unesco world heritage site of Angra do Heroísmo. After setting in at our accommodation, we have some free time to enjoy the city, before heading out and discovering the Island. The viewpoint of Monte Brasil is the perfect spot to start.

After lunch 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.

Five minutes up the road we stop at the Black Forest. A unique location due to its dense vegetation, light has a really hard time penetrating these trees. Depending on the weather, photographing here is never the same.

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.

Black Forest

DAY 7 / TERCEIRA

Big views and seascapes, that’s our plan for the day. We start early with a drive to Serra da Ribeirinha. On top of the southern rim of a volcano, we have a panoramic view of the coast. With Serra do Morião and Serra Santa Bárbara on the right side, overlooking Monte Brasil and two more Islands in the background, São Jorge and Pico.

Next, we head to one of our favorite locations of the Azores, Pico Dona Joana. The volcano cones with Ilhéu das Cabras in the background is one of the most unique perspectives you will see in the Azores.

At noon, we arrive at Praia da Vitória to have lunch and enjoy the view of the beach. Terceira Island is known to have the best food of the Azores, so we have to make the best out of it.

We head out to the north part of the Island, to Ponta do Mistério. One of the Islands most attractive coastal areas. A mysterious green-glazed lunar landscape, with the blue Atlantic ocean in the background, creates an amazing sight.

For sunset, we visit the popular summer spot of Biscoitos. A picturesque town, known for its wine growing region and even more for its beautiful natural pools. The rugged black colored lava fields sculpted by waves makes for really interesting landscapes.

Considered the most beautiful viewpoint in Portugal, we reserved the best for last. The unique view to 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.

Foggy sunset of Pico Dona Joana with Ilhéu das Cabras in the background, Terceira Island, Azores
Pico Dona Joana
Serra do Cume

DAY 8 / TERCEIRA / DEPARTURE

Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye and fly home. Transfers to the airport are arranged based on the hour of your flight with no additional costs.

We hope you cherish all of these amazing memories and fantastic photographs from the Azores.

Biscoitos

ACCOMMODATION

During our visit to the Azores we will be staying in Hotel of Verde Mar & Spa and Hotel Terceira Mar in Angra do Heroísmo, home of UNESCO World Heritage.


PHOTO GUIDE

Contact Bruno Azera

Bruno Ázera is a nature and landscape photographer from Terceira Island with years of experience in the field.

Being a local, he leads photo tours and adventures in Azores.

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Wonders of Azores Photo Tour
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