Photos and captions courtesy of A. L. W. van Roekel


Both Photos: The landscape around the Volcano Pico (on the island of the same name) is covered with small volcanic cones. From the hills of Pico, you can see the Island of Fayal. Even the big caldera of Fayal can be seen when the weather is clear. Both islands--Pico and Fayal--are separated by the narrow Channel of Fayal. There is an undersea crater on the bottom of the channel with a diameter of 4 kilometers.

Left Photo: The top of Pico Volcano (2,351 meters above sea level) is the highest mountain in the Azores and in Portugal. The top, with its characteristic shape due to the little cone, Piquinho, is in the clouds most of the year. In the summer months, you can climb Pico with a guide and even camp on the top.

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