Experience São Miguel's botanical and geothermal wonders during this active, half-day guided excursion via motor coach. View the island’s oldest town, the picturesque colonial Ribeira Grande. Stroll through the breathtaking grounds of Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens, which feature lovely trails circling beautifully groomed lakes and streams, plantations of hydrangea and camellia, extensive grottoes, and century-old trees. Visit Furnas Valley, a geothermal wonderland of hot springs, mud pools, and geysers that emit steam with the heavy smell of Sulphur. See Caldeiras venting and the mineral waters flowing from spigots scattered across the volcanic landscape. Learn how locals use these steam pools for cooking. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the summit of Pico do Ferro Belvedere, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the volcanic Furnas Valley. Your scenic drive back to Ponta Delgada will take you past the village-port of Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of Sao Miguel.