São Miguel: Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth)


What you’re supposed to see


Very close to the Lagoa das Sete Cidades is the Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, generally known to be the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, breathtaking viewpoint on the entire island of São Miguel. As luck would have it, the day we decided to visit was the mistiest day of our entire trip! Normally when you arrive you’re able to see the Lagoa Rasa, Lagoa de Santiago, and the Blue Lake of the Sete Cidades with the mountains and ocean as a backdrop. You’re able to see the entire volcanic crater of Sete Cidades. We could see nothing!! But luckily we had been on the island already a few days and knew the weather could change in an instant. So once we arrive we waited half an hour and the mist cleared for a minute! We were able to have a glimpse of the the lakes before the mist came back.

Even though we were unable to see the traditional picture-perfect view, we had a great time while we waited. Koen and I felt like we were in Twin Peaks (my favorite show) and the mist added a hauntingly beautiful quality to our experience.




Empty parking lot



A bit of Dutch in the Azores



Eerie – normally here you can see all of the lakes, mountains, and the ocean





Koen photoshoot while we wait 🙂



The mist starting to clear



Lagoa Rasa on the right, Lagoa de Santiago in the middle




 The mist coming back


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