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Overview

Do not miss if you are in Mindelo on the 5th Mars 2019! 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.

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.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Sao Vicente Island Airport (Arrival)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Mindelo.

You will be welcomed by our driver in the airport Cesaria Évora in Sao Vicente island and take you to your hotel in Mindelo. The First night in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner.

Day 2

Sao Vicente / Santo Antao Island: Walk Cova - The Paul Valley

At 07h15 We pick you up in your hotel and drive you to the harbor.

At 08h00: The ferry leave from Porto Grande harbor in Mindelo (will take one hour to reach the island of Santo Antão)

Walk: Volcano Crater Cova - The Valley of Paul

Our driver will welcome you at Porto Novo harbor and in less than 20 minutes you will be in Cova, volcano crater at 1800 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. We have a picnic lunch that we can enjoy en route. Transfer to Ponta do Sol to spend the night.  Dinner at restaurant.

Walking time: 5hrs | Distance: 12,5 Km | Elevation: + 300 m / - 1320 m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner.

Day 3

Walk: Lin d'Corvo - João Afonso

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

Walking Time: 4hrs | Distance: 10,7 Km | Elevation: 170 m / - 820 m | Accommodation: Homestay | Meals: BPD.

Day 4

Walk: Cha Igreja - Cruzinha - Fontaínhas - Ponta do Sol

​After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of the hike in Chã de Igreja. 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

Walk: Ribeira Grande - Ribeira da Torre | Sao Vicente Island

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 for the lunch under the trees. 
Walking Time: 3h30 | Distance: 8 Km | Elevation: + 560 m /  - 710 m; 


Santo Antao / Sao Vicente Island
After lunch, head back to Porto Novo harbour via newly built island coastal road.
At 17h00 the ferry will get you back to São Vicente Island. At 18h00 we transfer you back to your hotel. You are free to discovery Mindelo, the cultural city of Cape Verde. 
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: BL (Dinner free).

Day 6

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

Sao Vicente: full-day Trip

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 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: São Vicente Islands Airport (Departure)

Transfer from your hotel to Airport Cesaria Évora

Our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport 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.

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