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Espaço Talassa's Outdoor Activities

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The Azorean sea and its inhabitants are, without a doubt, fascinating and attract a lots of interest but Pico's landscape natural beauty and originality has its own charm.

The Azorean sea and its inhabitants are, without a doubt, fascinating and attract a lots of interest but Pico's landscape natural beauty and originality has its own charm.

With 35 % of Pico’s land listed and protected by UNESCO as World Heritage, you do not want to miss the opportunity during your stay on the Island to discover the geodiversity and biodiversity of it.

We are very proud to offer a 'classic': Climbing Pico, Portugal's highest  mountain. However this climb requires some preparation, so before you embark on the journey our guide will advise you on the required/desired equipment, the weather condition and the security procedures via a powerpoint presentation so you can fully enjoy the hike. We recommend this particular climb to people with a good physical conditions.

Besides the well-known trails, we offer two complementary trails, in a mixture of sight seeing and original walks. These hikes are more flexible and adaptable to all.

Trail One: 'The Black Volcanic Rock' hike starts with the Torres Cave visit, a volcanic tunnel of around 7 km (only 500m is open), followed by a short walk through the vineyards listed and protected by UNESCO as world heritage.

Trail Two: The discovery of the 'Azorean Green Endemic Vegetation' which is slowly disappearing due to intense agricultural activity. This is a series of small walks around Pico's East side highest plateau's hidden lakes.

We recommend for you to book in advance as we limit our groups to twelve persons.  These walks are a good alternative when the weather doesn't allow sea activities.

Pico 'three' colors will take you through a journey from the blue lagoons and ocean, green forests and pastures to the black mountain.


 


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Birds, whales,
dolphins...

“Birdwatching” and uncovering the natural heritage of Pico Island

MiratecArt is organizing the first Art and Birdwatching festival in the Azores. This festival will take place in Lajes do Pico between the 6th and 12th of November 2017. As expected, Espaço Talassa has joined the organization to take part in this event.

Birdwatching in the Azores is taking its first steps. For instance, in S. Miguel Island with the Azores bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina), in Graciosa Island with the Monteiro’s storm petrel (Oceanodroma monteiroi), and in Corvo Island for all the “Twitchers”.

Pico Island also presents a great potential, especially with the tidal pools and coastal vegetation in front of the seawall at Lajes do Pico. This area is noted for waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as herons, and it is the top bird watching location of the island… and the best thing is that you can watch them from your hotel room window!

November can be a good month for birdwatching in the Azores, both inland and out-at-sea. In this season, it is hard to tell what you can see as anything can come up in this time of the year but Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia), Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla), Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) have been seen almost every Autumn.

Some realistic examples: Great american Egret (Ardea alba), Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Spoonbills (Platalea sp.), Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca), Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri), Buff-brested Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) or even Belted Kingfishern (Megaceryle alcyon) and Yellow crowned nightheron (Nyctanassa violacea) are also possible.

Up on the moutains we have good change for Yellowlegs (Tringa sp.) and Snipes (Gallinago sp.). Not only the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) but also the much wanted Wilson Snipe (Gallinago delicata). Ducks like Eurasian (Anas penelope) and American Wigeon (Anas americana), Common (Anas crecca) and Green-winged Teals (Anas carolinensis). Pintails (Anas acuta) and Northern Shovlers (Anas clypeata) as well as diving ducks like Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris), Lesser (Aythya affinis) and Greather Scaups (Aythya marila).

Do not forget the resident endemic subspecies. Special atention to the Central and Western group Goldcrest (Regulus regulus),or one of 3 Subspecies in Pico case the Regulus inermus.

In addition, we will also focus on the island’s wonderful biodiversity, for instance, the only species of mammal endemic in the archipelago, the Azores noctule (Nyctalus azoreum).

It is unlikely to visit Pico without feeling fascinated by whale and dolphin’s watching, as well as by other sea life such as sea turtles and sharks… In November it is still possible to observe the following species: short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) as well as the symbolic sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus),… amongst others.

The trips at sea will alternate with surveys of the three main locations for birdwatching in the island: the tidal pools and coastal vegetation of Lajes do Pico, the plateau’s freshwater lagoons and “Ponta da Ilha”.

At the end of the day, there will be presentations (Power point) and discussions on different themes, such as:

  • Birds of the Azores (Gerbrand Michielsen);
  • Pico Island: a tiny piece of history, geography, settlement,…, an original habitat (Sónia Manso);
  • Azores and North Atlantic Cetaceans (Susana Simião).

Throughout the week, we will also partake in the regional campaign “SOS Cagarro” (which ends on November 15th). To get involved, we collect Cory’s shearwaters which are lost or disoriented with nocturnal lights, and release them close to shore, the following morning.

Furthermore:

MiratecArt will organize, in Lajes, several painting’s and photography’s exhibitions, and movie’s sessions (in close quarters to the hotel).

Espaço Talassa will take part in educational activities with local children from the primary school of Lajes. The idea is to make them aware of the importance and value of this location as a unique habitat in the Azores. This awareness will not be limited to children.



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