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Walking in Cape Verde | Combined Islands
Sao Vicente & Santo Antao | highlights of the neighboring Islands
Hike through sweeping mountain ranges as you discover the best of two Islands, Sao Vicente and Santo Antao. Climb both islands summits, visit secluded beaches and rural communities.
Mindelo | Monte Verde | Salamansa | Baía | Calhau | Ribeira Grande | Paul | Cova | Ponta do Sol | Fontaínhas
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS | 5 WALKS
Local Expert | Hikes | Accommodation | Transfer | Meals
The two islands, Sao Vicente and Santo Antao may be neighbors, but they contrast starkly. Sao Vicente is flatter, with a rangle of more rugged hills in the south-west. The island has many superb sandy beaches and offers some great coastal walking. It is, however, perhaps for its nightlife and cultural that it is best known. Santo Antao is relatively green and fertile. Best known for its great mountains and valleys.
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Discover São Vicente Island and Mindelo the cultural capital of Cape Verde;
Get in touch with the still untouched nature and meet the greenest valleys of Cape Verde;
Look closely Fontaínhas, named the 2nd best located location in the world;
The forest park of the East Plateau (Espongeiro);
Try the traditional Cape Verde drink: Grogue and Pontche;
Delight in the Cape Verde gastronomy through a good fresh fish dish.
Day 1: 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: Sao 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 3: 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.
Walk: Volcano Crater Cova | The Paul valley
At 09:00 A.M- 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 4: 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 5: Walk: João Afonso | Ambas Ribeiras | Cha Igreja
After breakfast we leave the village of João Afonso: we pass some spectacular mountain scenerys steep and rugged until we reach the summit of Mocho, a high point with views awesome to the Atlantic Ocean horizon, before continuing to Cha de Igreja. We have a picnic lunch that we can enjoy en route. Time to relax and having dinner in this typical and beautiful village. Overnight in Cha de Igreja.
Walking Time: 4 – 5 hrs | Ascent: 600m - Descent: 900 m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD
Day 6: Walk: Cruzinha | Fontainhas | Ponta do Sol
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 7: 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 8: Sao 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.