Welcome to Chã das Caldeiras
The conical 2829m-high Pico do Fogo volcano, shrouded in black cinder, rises dramatically out of the floor of an ancient crater known as Chã das Caldeiras ('Chã'). Bound by a half-circle of precipitous cliffs, Chã was born when, sometime in the last 100,000 years, some 300 cubic km of the island collapsed and slid into the sea to the east. The main cone has been inactive for more than 200 years, though there have been regular eruptions in Chã. The latest, in 2014–15, devastated the villages of Portela and Bangaeira. Today, a new settlement is rising atop the ashes of half-buried houses, but no one refers to it by either of the old village names. Instead, most people call the new village simply (and somewhat confusingly since it's also the name of the surrounding area) Chã das Caldeiras.