São Miguel Island, Azores — Aquaducts and Crater Lakes

No. That’s not Ursula and me in the photo above. That’s some friends we met on the cruise, and they had neglected to take their camera. As such, I volunteered to take some photos and email them the results. The location for this shot is the Coal Peak Viewpoint (Miradouro do Pico do Carvão). And the views from way up here are quite nice:

Coal Peak Viewpoint

And in case you’re wondering where this is, we’re on the western portion of São Miguel Island headed west toward the town of Sete Cidades. Still showing off Coal Peak Viewpoint, let’s swing around and see what lies in the other direction:

Coal Peak Viewpoint

And just a very few minutes west of this viewpoint you’ll come across a rather picturesque structure cutting through the countryside. This is the Coal Aqueduct (Aqueduto do Carvão):

Coal Aqueduct

The aqueduct was a pleasant surprise, and only around three or four minutes west of the Coal Peak Viewpoint. The dilapidated structure is covered in green, and red paint inside the archways offers up a great contrast to the surrounding vegetation. Let’s move for a closer look:

Coal Aqueduct

Time to get our bearings as we continue westward. Nothing like road direction signs to gussy up your photo album and help you later to remember where you’ve been:

Still heading toward Sete Cidades

But before we get to Sete Cidades, there’s one more photo stop we simply must make. Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Lagoon of the Seven Cities) is another crater lake set within yet another volcano. Or, actually, in this case it’s a twin lake — Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) and Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon). Here you can view Lagoa Verde, with Lagoa Azul beyond:

Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon) foreground; Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) beyond

And, yes, that’s a road you see above separating the two lakes. We’ll be crossing that road in Wednesday’s article. Until then, let’s enjoy the flora up here at this lake lookout:

Lookout above Lagoa das Sete Cidades


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