An easy day today, walking around the Botanical gardens, mostly flat path, few steps. Walking around town on cobbled stones pavement mostly level.
Transfer to hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a drink and warm welcome and lead introductions. He will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
At the hotel, we will have lunch before check in.
After 2:00pm checking in and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax. Depart to Faial Botanical Garden for a guided walking lecture by Joao Bettencourt one of the resident Botanist explaining the endemic and introduced species of the Azorean Flora. Return to the Hotel on a walking excursion led by your local expert instructor Nuno Garcia.
Tonight walk across to a local restaurant where you will literally have to “work for your meal” by cooking your own dinner on the hot basaltic stone placed in front of you with a selection of meat, fish and vegetables to cook.
The timing of this morning Orientation Session/Welcome drink and meeting will depend on when participants arrive and could be this evening or tomorrow. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.