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PR19 PIC Path of the Ponds is a 27.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near São Roque do Pico, Azores, Portugal that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 27.3 mi Elevation gain 4,849 ft Route type Out & Back


Nature trips



Wild flowers


City walk

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This trail is a trip through the interior of the island, in its purest state. The route begins in the Transversal Road, next to a house of the Forest Services, and ends in the parish of Ribeirinha. Along the route you will have the opportunity to discover the Lagoas do Caiado, Lagoa Seca, Lagoas do Peixinho, Lagoa do Paúl, and more. It will also pass in zones of altitude pasture. The course is also enriched by the Caveiro Nature Reserve. In this zone you will find high and active bogs and cover bogs (Sphagnum sp., Eleocharis multicaulis and Juncus sp.), Azevinho (Ilex perado ssp.azorica) and Cedro-do-Mato (Juniperus brevifolia). At the fauna level, you will find Estrelens (Regulus regulus inermis), Blackbird (Turdus merula azorensis), Galinholas (Scolopax rusticola), among others. On days of good visibility, you can see the islands of São Jorge and Terceira. This route is not recommended on foggy days.

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Eric Rosenthal
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First to Review

So really, this is the road connecting the Transversal Road (PR 2-2) to Ribeirinha. And by Pico Island standards, it is not a particularly bad road for cars. This raises the existential question -- if you are walking along with spectacular panoramic vistas and beautiful vibrantly colored vegetation, is it less of a worthwhile hike because cars are going by at 50 km/hr? Are you stupid for not seeing everything easily and faster from the car? This question bothered me up until, at 1.5 miles, I saw the sign for Path of the Burros hike (PR 2 PIC), and turned onto that route. Also beautiful and no cars.