Welcome to Salto
Built near the falls where the Río Uruguay makes its ‘big jump’ (Salto Grande in Spanish), Salto is Uruguay’s second-largest city and the most northerly crossing point to Argentina. It’s a relaxed place with some 19th-century architecture and a pretty riverfront. People come here for the nearby hot springs and the recreation area above the enormous Salto Grande hydroelectric dam
Top experiences in Salto
Full-Day Nordeste Tour
Take the road that travels along the North coast to reach Nordeste, usually referred as the 10th island for its remoteness and the oldest geological part of São Miguel. Mountains, woods, waterfalls, belvederes that rise over the sea, beautiful villages and a multitude of flowers mark this area. The local people are warm-hearted and cheerful. Here is possible to find genuine handicrafts and delicious gastronomy, which we will have the chance to see and taste at our stop at Nordeste village. After lunch we continue the tour around the island eastern end until we reach the village of Povoação, the place where the first settlers set foot on the island. We finish the day with a stop at Salto do Cavalo belvedere and return to Ponta Delgada.
Half-Day 4WD Tour to Lagoa do Fogo
The Fogo Volcanic Complex, features an abundance of species of endemic flora and secondary volcanism manifestations, that consists on fumaroles and hot springs. The caldera of the Fogo Volcano is the smallest caldera collapse of the island of São Miguel, with about 15 thousand years. Given to its location in altitude, it is the most natural area and with the less human intervention suffered. It is an important hydrologic resource being classified as a Nature Reserve since 1974.Because of its structure, it plays an extremely important role particularly in the replacement of underground water, regulation of the water cycle, biomass production, retention of sediments and nutrients and is therefore classified as Ramsar site.On a 4WD vehicle departing from Ponta Delgada we will head to Pico da Barrosa, where at the top we encounter the beautiful Lagoa do Fogo.Down the northwest flank of the Fogo volcano, we find the natural monument of Caldeira Velha, a major Geosite, composed of fumaroles and thermal spring water. Secondary volcanism area with rocky hills covered by lush vegetation with a cascade of thermal hot water, where a thermal bath is recommended.On the way towards Ponta Delgada, we will stop at the refreshing waterfall scenery of Salto do Cabrito. The course on/off road may vary according the climate conditions.
Half-Day Walking Tour, Sanguinho
You day begins with a 9am pickup from a centrally located meeting point in Ponta Delgada. Greet your guide, climb aboard the minivan, and drive for about 1.5 hours to Faial da Terra where you begin your walking tour.As you walk along the trail, admire the waterfall of Salto do Prego, where you stop to bathe in the crystal-clear water and enjoy a picnic lunch. Head right at the second fork on the trail to go to the abandoned village of Sanguinho where you can see restored traditional buildings, including a small farm. Your next stop is in Povoação, which was the first settled village on the island of São Miguel.Your tour ends with a drop-off back in Ponta Delgada.Please note: Minimum numbers apply.
Full Day Nordeste Van Tour
Depart from Ponta Delgado, traveling to Povoacao along the south road of the island. This village, situated in the southeastern part of the island, is where the first Portuguese navigators arrived. Povoacao means settlement because it was, in fact, the first settlement of the island. Stop to walk at the seaside, then head to Ponta da Madrugada for one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island. Then, continue to Nordeste and stop for lunch (optional). Walk around the center of Nordeste, then drive through several villages at the foot of the mountain Pico da Vara, the highest point on the island — a very impressive landscape. Drive up to Salto do Cavalo for an enjoyable view of practically the entire island. The Belvederes in Nordeste are a particularly beautiful sight. Finally, return to Ponta Delgada through the north coast.
Full-Day Ribeira Grande Hike with Volcano-Cooked Dinner
The volcano cozido (volcano-cooked) hike experience starts with hiking the Salto do Cabrito trail (about 3 hours), which includes a visit to a beautiful waterfall and walking through a river's edge Azores forest. See many endemic Azores plants and birds along the way, volcanic steam fields and beautiful views of the North shore of the island. The hike is followed by a very unique picnic-style, volcano-cooked dinner prepared by an experienced team. Start with hotel pick-up or meet at starting point and head to the Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande area. Then enjoy your hike to the Salto do Cabrito trail with a stop at the waterfall and the opportunity to swim. Once the hike is complete, you will eat your volcanic picnic dinner at Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande area (includes wine). In the evening your tour will come to an end.
Private Tour: La Miel Magnificent Natural Reserve Hike
Your private, bilingual driver will come to your door then embark on an all-inclusive journey by air-conditioned car to the enchanting Envigado. There will be enough free time to walk around and snap some photos. You can grab snacks at any time, so we recommend bringing cash and/or Colombian pesos, since not every store takes credit cards. There are convenient facilities located nearby. Make sure and bring extra pants since there is a good chance of getting wet as you pass along the different creeks to get to the final destination at Salto del Angel, where freezing waters and soothing scenery await for your visit.