Gruta da Maria Encantada

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Location: Near Canada Longa.
Follow road to the southeast, signposted Caldeira, turn right after 500 m (before tunnel) and follow the road which surrounds the caldera for 1 km. Turnoff to the cave is signposted, from here 5 min. walk Nearest bus station at Canada Longa, 30 min walk.
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: Speleologylava tube
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=60 m.
Guided tours: none
Bibliography: Rosalina Gabriel, Fernando Pereira, Sandra Câmara, Nídia Homem, Eva Sousa, Maria Irene Henriques (2006): Bryophytes of Lava Tubes and Volcanic Pits from Graciosa Island (Azores, Portugal), AMCS Bulletin 19 / SMES Boletín 7 - 2006 Bookonline
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The Gruta da Maria Encantada is located in the rim of the Caldeira, close to Furna do Enxofre. It is also a lava cave, which goes right through the crater wall. The visitor enters the cave from outside, and arrives after only 15 m the other end with a beautiful view over the caldera.