Another morning started with a gorgeous view of the cliffs and ocean (I loved the wall length windows in the dining area so you could look at the view while you ate breakfast).
Our guides came and picked us up for today's adventure, The Volcano Tour.
We started out on this cliff overlooking the ocean that is perfect for Whale watching. He radios back and forth with a boat out there sending them to where the whales and dolphins are.
Then they took us to out to get fresh gelato, as fresh as you can get it would seem. The cows were downstairs where you could watch the workers make the gelato and other dairy products.
We were HUGE fans of this creamy deliciousness. Happy cows make us happy.
There must be something in the gelato...
Algar do Carvao, this volcano was MASSIVE! Pictures can't do it justice, it was crazy! There were three parts to the volcano and one was called the cathedral (I believe). It was in one of the huge dome shaped areas and they had instrumental music playing to demonstrate the great acoustics. At the bottom on the volcano there was a lake on the bottom which you could actually scuba dive in. At the top of the Volcano there was like a rainforest growing around the opening.
Down the winding staircase
Plant life is spreading through the volcano and covering the lava tunnels.
Then we went on a drive and learned more about the volcanos, the plant life, and we went to the windy's spot on the island where you can actually be lifted off the ground at times. The guys LOVED it and when you leaned into the wind it would lift you and it felt like the simulation sky diving, it was CRAZY! The moment I stepped out of the car my hat when flying (then I stuffed it in my jacket).
Check out Trav's cheeks!
It was raining off and on this day so we didn't get very clear views the rest of the tour but what we could see was beautiful.
Their infamous bulls. They are big on the running of the bulls and have it going on from May to October. They told us different stories of how people said it got started but this is the Darcio told us. The guy who raised bulls would need to take a bull down to the butchers in town and when he did the bull would go crazy in the streets sometimes and people would run to get out of the way and it became an event, instead of dreading it they made it a festival. It seems to be a testosterone competition or something. They put things on the bulls horns so they cant skewer anyone, most injuries happen from tripping or stumbling while running and yes people occasionally die during the running of the bulls. They have 5 running of the bulls that day but the 5th one is not an actual bull but it's the most dangerous one (the one that causes the most hospitalizations as well). The 5th bull is where all the houses on that designated street have to load up on alcohol and everyone goes through all their houses drinking and get completely plastered. Yeah, not exactly my kind of party but I'm sure it makes for entertaining stories.
We went to this stop where they had holes in the mountain/volcano that were blowing steam and we were walking across the path along the area.
Then we went and filled our tummies full of lots fresh cheese and bread and fig jam. I love cheese and it was all so delicious!
We got a few pounds of vacuum sealed cheese to take home with us and it goes great with their sweet bread.