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Hiking on São Jorge

Now, here’s the thing – there’s no poetry or prose to describe this place. It would be like describing a sunset to a blind person (this is what my friend Matt Cowan would say). I can just give you the facts: São Jorge island in the Azores, we got there by taxi from Velas (check my previous posts), the hike is about 15km long and you don’t necessarily need good shoes.

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Whether you believe me or not, these are all unprocessed pics – no Photoshop or anything like that. It’s all Mother Nature’s talent and work.

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Look at this black soil, one would think that it is coal.

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This is the crater of the Pico da Esperança, which is the highest point of the island (1,053m). I thought that it looks like an eye of a beast – perhaps a sleeping dragon!!!

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I took about 500 photos but I also took many more “photos” with my eyes. That way I’m sure I’ll never lose them.

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Along the path and when it wasn’t too misty we saw many small craters – they were scattered all around.

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Wouldn’t you want to roll all over these green carpets? I was so astonished by their color that I felt like I had just discovered the color green.

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And there were quite a few small lakes which seemed frozen in time together with the rest of the landscape.

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This is just one of the paths we took.

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I could go on and on telling you about this place: stunning, fantastic, astonishing, amazing… but it’s not enough. And then again, go and check the map of the world and you won’t even find this island on it! That’s what I find the most extraordinary about São Jorge and the Azores in general. They offer so much and hardly anyone knows about them.

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Now, don’t tell everyone about it! I don’t want to go back one day and I find that it is all packed with people. I wish I could just keep it all for me like a treasure chest.

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Because that’s what the island of São Jorge is – it is a real treasure chest!

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