Pico Alto, Vila do Porto
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Pico Alto is the highest point, 586.64m, on the island of Santa Maria, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.HistoryThe initial formation of the Facho-Pico Alto Volcanic Complex was a phase of intense volcanism, resulting from submarine eruptions as early as 5 million years ago, resulting in the formation of Pico do Facho and extensive pillow lavas. Remnants of these pillow lavas can be identified 180m above sea level, helping to increase the size of the island to roughly its current dimensions.Following these eruptions, the land receded into the sea, resulting into a period of sub-aerial volcanism that resulted in the great relief in the complex, which is associated with lahars and erosional growth. The Pico Alto complex occurred continuously between 5 and 3 million years ago.On 5 December 2012, the Secretaria Regional dos Recursos Naturais, Azores Laurel and other plants. This followed a program of eliminating invasive plants species that began in 2011, under the Plano Regional de Controle de Flora Invasora em Áreas Sensíveis program.With our custom trip planner, Santa Maria attractions like Pico Alto can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Facile d'accès et vue magnifique sur Santa Maria. Éviter les jours de brouillard et attention aux escaliers glissants à l'arrivéeEasy access and beautiful views of Santa Maria. Avoid days of fog and attention to the slippery stairs on arrivalshow original
Nice ride or walk upt to the top. Pico Alto hosts some communication artefacts and radar from the Portuguese Ministry of Defense but the compound is not closed and you can even park the car there and ... read more »
Para descansar del buceo hicimos una ruta de senderismo desde el hotel Colombo hasta el Pico Alto y luego allí la ruta circular. Está muy bien señalizada y es bonita relativamente fácil de hacer. Noso... read more »To take a break from diving did a hiking route from the Colombo hotel to the high peak and then there the circular route. It is very well signposted, and is pretty easy to do. We caught a bit of mud at the start by rain from the previous day but it was well done. Up in the Pico Alto there is a view of the spectacular island of Santa Maria.show original
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