‘On a deserted stretch of coastline on the island of Pico in the Azores is the creepiest and saddest abandoned building I have ever seen. It is a former shark processing factory where thousands upon thousands of the animals were turned into sandpaper, oil and other by-products. Today you can still find decaying stacks of shark skins - hundreds of them left to rot in the dilapidated sheds, windows smashed and walls crumbling.’ 💔🦈
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5 pair of feet, we were ready for climb pico but the weather didn't allow us to do it... Sad :( #picoisland#pico#azores
Climbing Mount Pico. A brief opening in the clouds after we started climbing. The trail was very steep, quite slippery and we needed to use hands to get over rocks.
The climbing centre at altitude 1100m allows to climb under strict conditions: either with a guide or with a GPS monitor, where they can see your position and can contact you if you stray off the path or need help.
We chose to climb without a guide. There are markers on the path but we could not see from one to another due to the fog so we just followed the path. We were hoping to climb to a decent elevation to see a nice view.
When we reached about 1600m elevation, the fog was thick and apart from the nearby craters we had no view of the ocean. We knew that the descend would be more difficult because of the terrain. We waited for an opening in the fog but no luck. So we decided to head down.
It took us longer to climb down while navigating the lava rocks. The mountain stayed shrouded in clouds. The weather that high is unpredictable so it would be better to have a few days to choose from. It was still a very cool experience.
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Part 2 of 2: More from our last day on the island of Pico.
Part 1 of 2: Last full day on Pico was spent exploring the west side of the island. Wandered around in Madalena, before driving around the vineyards protected by rock walls, and taking in more of the vistas dominated by Pico mountain.
After seeing picturesque Mount Pico from different angles all over the island, we finally decided to accept the challenge and ‚climb‘ up to the top of that Volcano! It is the highest mountain of Portugal, at 2‘351 meters above sea level.
We started our hike at 5:30 AM, accompanied by the still bright shining, but slowly setting moon, an were happy to catch amazing views on Fajal island, which lies just a few kilometers away from Pico island - and will be our next stop on this trip ;-)
After about 2:30 hours, a little bit exhausted, having passed a total of 47 pillars, that helped us to find our way up, we finally reached the top of Mount Pico...and it was totally cold, windy and foggy with absolutely no view! Because of the warm air, that is still released from the volcano, it was at least quite comfortable a the very top and we enjoyed our small breakfast up in this strange, misty world. We decided to wait at least one hour and hoped for some views...20 minutes later we were speechless! Enjoy the pictures ;-)