We split the first part of our social event offering you three enjoyable, nature-inspired and remarkable experiences which are presented just below by our partner Futurismo.

The second part of our social event will be in Terra Nostra Garden Hotel where you can take a relaxing thermal bath or take a nature-flavoured walk in its beautiful garden before the conference dinner where you will taste the famous "Cozido das Furnas" – a stew of meats and vegetables slowly backed in a volcanic crater or "caldeiras" (a vegetarian dish will also be made available).

Further information will be available soon.

Come with us and feel the nature!

Whale Watching - dolphins and / or whale watching in their natural habitat

Before boat trips a briefing takes place to explain the cetaceans species that can be observed, safety measures and the protection procedures of species at sea. On board each passenger is required to wear a life vest. Futurismo also provides rain coats and trousers if necessary. Departure at 5.30 p.m. going straight to Furnas.

Approximate time of journey - 3 hours.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

With an experience of 20 years, Futurismo is a pioneer and leader in whale and dolphin watching. We organize daily trips during all year around of about 3 hours each. Our trips are preceded by a briefing for all clients where our Nature Guide explains the historical background of whale hunting and its reconversion to Whale Watching. It’s also given information about biodiversity of the islands, species respect rules and measures of security on board. The waters around the Azores are indeed rich. We have several resident dolphins such as the Short-beaked Common Dolphin, the Common Bottlenose Dolphin and Risso’s dolphin as well as yearly summer guests like the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin. Although the Sperm whale is the one we see more often, we also have many visits from migrating Baleen whales, among them the Blue Whale, especially during early spring to late summer, as well as more rare encounters with Pilot Whales, False Killer whales and even Killer Whales.

The isolated archipelago of the Azores has a well deserved reputation as one of the best Whale Watching destinations in the world. Lying about a third of way across the Atlantic between Portugal and North America, its permanent or temporary home of more than a quarter of all known cetacean species.

Mark Carwardine, whale watching specialist

Jeep Safari Sete Cidades

Departure from Ponta Delgada at 1h30 p.m. in Land Rover jeeps, on the way to Sete Cidades. Driving along the rim of the crater and making several stops at the most beautiful and interesting sights. Visit to Mosteiros village and Ferraria – a special place with volcanic and geological phenomena and hydrothermal interest, with swimming opportunity. Departure at 5.00 p.m. going straight to Furnas.

Approximate time of journey - 3 hours.

Walk Tour Sete Cidades

Departure from Ponta Delgada at 1.30p.m. towards Sete Cidades, on the West side of the island. Stop at Vista do Rei – the most famous viewpoint over the two twin lakes. From there, we start the hike, following the trail along the rim of the crater. This hike is about 5km long, takes about 1h30 and is low difficulty. After that, we take the bus down to Sete Cidades Village, where we can visit the S. Nicolau Church or even mingle with the locals. Departure from Sete Cidades at 5.00p.m, going straight to Furnas.

Approximate time of journey - 3 hours.