A pleasant walk from Queimadas to Caldeirao Verde & Caldeirao Inferno through a jungle-like vegetation that belongs to UNESCO World Heritage.
This walk starts in Parque das Queimadas, where you will be dropped off by the driver. The route winds through the UNESCO World Heritage Reserve into the ''green cauldron'' (Caldeirao Verde): one of the most spectacular Levada routes on the island. During the course of evolution, the water created not only impressive gorges here, but was also responsible for the jungle-like vegetation. At the end of the walk an imposing waterfall plunges into a small pool.
The walk onto the ''devil's cauldron'' (Caldeirao Inferno) has been described as 'a superlative trip full of adventure'. This is a fascinating walk, containing waterfalls, tunnels, canyons and a huge green valley.
I would highly recommend to extend your walk from Caldeirao Verde to Caldeirao Inferno. It may add some extra kilometers and time to your walk, but it's worth it! You'll get many beautiful views on the way.
The levada trails can get quite narrow and sometimes you have to walk along small and narrow walls. In winter the path can be wet and slippery, so take extra care. The walk from Caldeirao Verde to Caldeirao Inferno sometimes leads through tight tunnels, make sure to take your headtorch with you.
Tips and hints
Packed Lunch is essential if you are walking the whole route (to Caldeirao Inferno), you won’t pass any restaurants or cafes on either routes. Packed lunch is available at your accommodation in Santana (at a small additional cost). Make sure to order the packed lunch upon your arrival or at least the night before. Always make sure to carry plenty of water and to keep hydrated during your walk.
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All normal walking equipment are required: walking shoes/boots, water and windproof jacket, plenty of water and snacks for during the day. Be careful when you are planning on taking your walking poles with you as the paths can sometimes be quite narrow and there might not be enough space for them. It is required to take your headtorch with you today as you’ll pass through numerous tunnels on your way to Caldeirao Inferno.