PR29 SMI Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande to Salto do Cabrito

MODERATE 25 reviews

PR29 SMI Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande to Salto do Cabrito is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 286 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



partially paved



wild flowers

This trail begins next to the Pico Vermelho Geothermal Power Station, passes the Salto do Cabrito Hydroelectric Power Station and ends at the Ribeira Grande Caldeiras (hot springs). The trail starts just by the “Lagoa do Fogo” restaurant. A little further on, take a left turn along a dirt path, which goes past a wood of Victorian box, acacia, Japanese red cedar and eucalyptus trees. You can see the Ribeira Grande valley to your right from various points along this path. After walking for approximately 1 kilometre, you will come to the Salto do Cabrito Hydroelectric Power Station; here you can turn off the main path and near the stream you can see the impressive waterfall which gives its name to the power station. Return to the main path, climb the steps there, and cross the walkway above the water pipes until you reach the Fajã do Redondo Hydroelectric Power Station, which is no longer in operation. Continue along the trail until you reach a dirt road, where you should turn right, and then continue ahead for about 500 metres. At the end you will come to an asphalt road where, if you turn left, you will come to the Ribeira Grande Caldeiras, where the trail ends. There are a number of hot springs in this area, and you can enjoy typical dishes at the traditional restaurant there.

1 month ago

nice until you reach the waterfall. After that it is pretty booring walking on the side of the road.

Cool to see the waterfall but that’s about it. After that it’s pretty weird/industrial

3 months ago

Highly recommend following the Alltrails route, not the official route which has you walking back up the main road to the trailhead.

4 months ago

A bit to much road walking but still interesting. Walked also to the dam. Definietly diverse walk with geothermal infrastruture, steam rising from the earth in places, wayerfall, flora, cattle and lastly a nice soak in the hot springs at the end. The structure by the waterfall is an electrical station.....helps you power your phone....duh!

8 months ago

the first section up until the big waterfall is 5 stars. very unique and a great experience. the latter part is on a road and not as good. average is 4.

11 months ago

Great hiking trail that has a combination of dirt trails, paved roads, and metal platforms over cliffs and vegetation.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Did this trail in May ‘18- it was nice and easy as far as terrain goes. Most of it is in a road with a few steep inclines/declines.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

We actually went with a guide to this waterfall. Very steep dirt road to get to it. Sadly there is some kind of electrical building right at the base of the waterfall that makes significant noise, so the ambience is ruined by it. However the waterfall is pretty and there's a small area for swimming. Just doesn't feel as remote and rural as you'd hope.

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