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HAWAII OF THE ATLANTIC

Karen Eller and pals take a trip to the ‘so foreign, yet so close’ mid-Atlantic jungle wonderland - The Azores.

ADVENTURE

If the Azorean weather can’t come to us, can’t we just go there? Of course. In five hours you can be on a secluded group of islands right in the middle of the Atlantic.

Julia, our photographer Maria and I don’t set out on this journey completely unprepared. Out of the total nine inhabited volcanic islands, the two most easterly, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, are renowned for being an enduro paradise. Our Azorean friends Andre (One) and Andre (Two) are waiting for us at the airport in Sao Miguel, the largest of the islands. They grab our bags, load them into the car, and take us to our accommodation for the night.

Rise and shine!

Our two guides pick us up in the morning while it’s still dark. As the sun’s first rays reach out over the eastern horizon we stand 947m above sea level on Pico da Barrosa, the highest point on the island. Below us there’s a beautiful display of colours – light green illuminating a circular lake framed by a white sandy beach. The darkening forest reveals its contours and radiates surreal rich green tones that stand out against the azure blue sky. We can’t take our eyes off the colours.

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