PR 29 SMI Caldeiras Ribeira Grande to Salto do Cabrito Waterfall

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Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal

PR 29 SMI Caldeiras Ribeira Grande to Salto do Cabrito Waterfall is a 4.9 mile 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, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.9 miElevation gain931 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningDog friendlyForestPartially pavedViewsWaterfallWildflowers
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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 km, 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.

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Marcio Rego Raposo
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André Lopes
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Lauren G
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Hiked 7/2019. Another unique hike to waterfall.

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Pedro Sugasti
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Excelente

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Mariana Bastos
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easy trail, good to go with your dog. There are some bridges that are for one person per time though. The bad side is that most of the trail coincides with car roads.

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Adriano Guerreiro
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Maybe I am not even supposed to right a review, because I didn't complete the loop after reading the comments about the second half being less interesting than the first. Here it goes anyway :) From start to Salto do Cabrito (waterfall) it was pretty good after walking past the degassing fields (yikes!), along the water pipes and the Hydroelectric Power Station. The trail just before the waterfall ain't for the faint of heart. Why? It is a bit high.

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Jennifer Canu
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Pierre Richelle
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The start is really great something to see. The returns (second part of the trail) is less interesting.

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

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

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Dick Dalton
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A few hundred meters of fun trail and thin but tall waterfall. The rest was dirt or paved roads. Base of waterfall has parking for cars. Great stroll around beautiful town square.

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Russell Morrow
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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 things....like your phone....duh!

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Michael Malinowski
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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.

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

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Zach P-C
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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.

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Tomás Osório
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Francisco Melo
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Pauline Narvaez
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Andreia Ribeiro
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Mickey San
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André Esteves
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antonio gonzález suero
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Joanna Bilancieri
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Julien Vieira
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Angela Fortino
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Parand Salmassinia
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Edwin De Hooge
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Nicholas Belanger
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Jackson Steiert
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