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Adventure Travel in Cape Verde: Walking & Carnival


Much more than a street parade, Carnival is a cultural movement that brings together the biggest groups and local schools for unforgettable nights of music, dance and much more!!! SANTO ANTAO WALKING TOUR - The Classics 4 Days.

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Do not miss if you are in Cape Verde, São Vicente on February 21, 2023! Carnival is the joy stamped on the faces of the Cape Verdeans who, through hot songs and sensual dances, captivate and envelope spectators from all over the world during three days of revelry. You will also hiking on the 4 classic walking trails in the majestic mountains of Santo Antão Island.

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Tour Highlights:

> Spending the holidays in a subtropical climate is  more relaxing;
> Experience Cape Verde's most beautiful festival (Carnival in Mindelo);
> The 4 classic walking trails on Santo Antao island;
> Meeting with a warm and captivating population;

> Try the traditional Cape Verde drinks: Grogue and Pontche;
> Delight in the Cape Verde gastronomy through a good fresh fish dish.

Day 1: Thursday, February 16, 2023 - São Vicente Island Airport (Arrival) 

You will be welcomed by our driver in the airport Cesaria Évora in São Vicente and take you to your hotel in Mindelo. The First night in the hotel. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Friday, February 17, 2023 - Sao Vicente Island - Santo Antao Island

At 07:15 A.M. we pick you up in your hotel (Mindelo) and drive you to São Vicente port. The ferry will take one hour to reach the island of Santo Antão.

At 09:00 A.M- Walk: Volcano Crater Cova | The Paul valley
Our driver will welcome you at Porto Novo port and in less than 20 minutes you will be in Cova, volcano crater at 1522 meters altitude, where you start the descent to the majestic valley Paul accompanied by a local guide to tell the history of the beauty surrounding you. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Transfers to Ponta do Sol to spend the night. Walking time: 5hrs | Distance: 12,5 Km | Elevation: + 300 m / - 1320 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Saturday, February 18, 2023 - Walk: Espongeiro | João Afonso

After breakfast, transfer following the path of the mountains (stopping in the sights of Corda) for the starting point of the hike, in Espongeiro to Lagoa semi-desert altitude plateau . From there, a scenic trail (we cross the sugarcane crops and small rural hamlets) descends towards João Afonso, where we spend the night. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Dinner prepared by the inhabitants of the valley.

Walking Time: 4h | Distance: 10,7 Km | Elevation: 170 m / - 820 m |

Type of accommodation: Homestay. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Sunday, February 19, 2023 - Walk: Cruzinha | Fontainhas | Ponta do Sol

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of the hike in Cruzinha da Garça. Superb ride along the fantastic coast, passing through rugged cliffs and wonderful small rural villages; Cruzinha, Corvo and Fontaínhas. We have a picnic lunch that we can enjoy en route. Continue to Ponta do Sol, to spend the night. Dinner at restaurant. Walking time: 4h30 | Distance: 11 Km | Elevation: +690 m / - 710 m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 5: Monday, February 20, 2023 - Walk: Ribeira Grande | Ribeira da Torre valley

Today we can look forward to some fantastic relaxing walking after the ups and downs of the previous stretch. We head down to Ribeira da Torre valley and we will stop in Xôxo. 
Walking Time: 3h30 | Distance: 8 Km | Elevation: + 560 m / - 710 m.
13:00 P.M.- Lunch in Ribeira Grande. After lunch, transfer to Porto Novo port following the coastal road of the island.
17:00 P.M. - Ferry-boat Santo Antão – São Vicente Island; 18:00 P.M. - Drop off at your hotel in Mindelo.
Type of accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and lunch. | Dinner FREE.

Day 6: v - Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - São Vicente (Mindelo): CARNIVAL (free)

Carnival is the joy stamped on the faces of the Cape Verdeans who, through hot songs and sensual dances, captivate and envelope spectators from all over the world during three days of revelry.

Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast (Lunch and dinner free).

Day 7: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - São Vicente Full-Day Tour

In a day trip you see the best the Island of Sao Vicente has to offer. We visit the historical sites of the city of Mindelo and offer a spectacular tour around the island, taking in spectacular sights such as Monte Verde and the beautiful Baía das Gatas, beach where annually runs the most famous music festival of the country. To enjoy an appetizing lunch of fresh fish we visit Calhau, a charming fishing village. You will be accompanied by one of our highly knowledgeable drivers on your journey that will provide the information and history on the area.

Overnight in Mindelo. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: BL (Dinner free).

Day 8: Thursday, February 23, 2023 - São Vicente Airport (Departure).

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the Airport Cesaria Évora, wishing you a nice flight home. Meals: Breakfast

End of Stay
This program depends on weather conditions and may be modified by us on site for your safety.


You might be able to make some modifications to the current tourist programme based upon your personal preferences. 

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