Québec City Trip

Hotel Hilton Quebec

Location: 1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec City, Quebec

During my visit to Quebec City on November 4th, 2017. My team members and myself went to visit the Hilton Hotel. We had the opportunity get a personal tour of the hotel and find out a lot of information.

This hotel is a 4-star hotel is part of the Hotel chain founded by Conrad Hilton. This hotel has 571 Total rooms available which includes guest rooms, suites and executive rooms. The Hilton Quebec is known to have the best views of Quebec city. They even offer rooms with a panoramic view.  Continue reading “Québec City Trip”

Lagoa Das Furnas

An amazing thing to do while you are travelling in Sao Miguel is to go a place called Furnas. What can you do here? You can spend many hours here. This place is unlike other destinations because you can cook your food in the ground. All you have to do is bring a pot, some meat, vegetables and potatoes, bury it under ground and it will be ready within around 5 hours to eat. While you are ready for the food to cook, you can go canoeing or kayaking on the crystal clear lake or simply spend your time taking in the astonishing views.

This place is a complex of geothermal hot springs caused by the volcanic eruptions in the 15th century. The water and mud underground is so hot to the point where it is boiling, and that is how your stew will cook underground. This is a huge tourist attraction in São Miguel.

The only downside to this place is the very strong smell of the sulphur steam. However, that did not stop me from having the best experience here!

Check out some amazing photos and all the information you need to know about Furnas here.

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Photo by: Emily Martins
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Caldeira Velha

Caldeira Velha is another beautiful destination in Sao Miguel in which I was able to visit. This location is a natural heritage site. You will see waterfalls, hot springs, vegetation and nature trails. It looks like a rain forest. When I was here, I made sure to go inside these hot springs, the water was so warm and the sound of the waterfalls was very relaxing. I got eaten by bugs but I didn’t mind because of how beautiful this place was. It honestly felt like a trip to the jungle.  This is a very popular tourist destination in  Sao Miguel so there was a lot of people there. They have showers and changing rooms to wash off after going inside of the hot springs. There’s even food trucks and souvenir shops for tourists to go to. I would definitely recommend this spot if you ever get the chance to travel to this island.

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Photo by: Nuno Loura

Sete Cidades

Two colour lake
Photo Credit: Emily Martins

One of the most popular destinations in São Miguel is called Sete Cidades. This was definitely a highlight of my trip. We had to drive for about 30 minutes all the way up the mountains to get to the top, so that we could enjoy the view. We chose to drive but there are many people who choose to bike or go hiking along some of the many trails. During the drive up you will see beautiful hydrangea flowers that are all over the island. When I stepped out of the car, I remember feeling like I was in the clouds. It was a cloudy day and the wind was blowing strong.

This destination is popular because you have an amazing view of the massive volcanic crater and its also known for the colour lake. One half is blue and the other is green. They’re both volcanic craters and in the same body of water connected, however, they are still considered two separate lakes.

If you are interested in learning about the history of the lakes and how they got there, check out the full story here.