PR2 PIC Roads of Donkeys is a 23.0 kilometer 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.

DISTANCE
23 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,185 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The "Caminho dos Burros" is a pedestrian route that crosses Pico Island from the north coast to the south coast. This stretch starts in the Pico Central Plateau and has two variants, one that ends at Baía das Canas and another in São Miguel Archangel. The trail begins on a dirt track and, about 500m later, you enter a footpath on the right which leads to the "Cabeço do Mistério". This zone was formed in the historical eruption of 1562-64, the longest volcanic eruption since the settlement of the Azores. The initial zone is a zone very favorable to fogs and with a low vegetation, being possible to be observed rare endemisms like the Trovisco-macho (Euphorbia stygiana). After about 1,5km you begin to descend to the north coast, entering an area with some pastures and where the vegetation begins to have a larger size, being able to observe the first specimens of sanguine (Frangula azorica). This shortcut ends on a tarmac road where you turn right and after 400m turn left onto a dirt road. Follow this road until you find a fork where you can choose to go to São Miguel Arcanjo (left) or to Baía das Canas (right). The section for São Miguel Arcanjo is always on clay for about 3km. If you opt for the Baía das Canas, you will continue on a dirt track until you find a path on the left that follows through a forest of acacia (Acacia sp.), Laurel (Laurus azorica) and incense (Pittosporum undulatum). This path finishes in the Prainha Forest Park, walking along the park there is a shortcut that descends to Baía das Canas, where there is an old sidewalk with big stones for the passage of donkeys.