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A Dream Walking Holiday - Santo Antao Island 12 Days

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Overview

For its challenging trails and its natural beauty the island of Santo Antao is the destination preferred by the walkers in Cape Verde. The north coast of Santo Antao is simply stunning! This trekking follows ancient tracks frequented by the people, who used them for commercial routes and migration, following by valleys and mountains. Some plants are endemic, not being found in any other region in the world. In this 12-day trek, we will travel 85 km along the north coast of Santo Antao and we will see several scenarios of this nature little explored.

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)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Mindelo.

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

Day 2

Sao Vicente Island: 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 who will provide the information and history on the area. Overnight at hotel. Accommodation: hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3

Sao Vicente / Santo Antao Island: Walking "Cova" - The Valley of Paul

At 07h15 we pick you up in your hotel and drive you to the harbor. The ferry will take one hour to reach the island of Santo Antão.
Walk: Volcano Crater Cova - The Paul Valley: Our driver will welcome you at Porto Novo harbor 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. Transfer 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, Dinner.

Day 4

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

​After breakfast, superb ride along northeastern coast, passing through rugged cliffs and wonderful small rural villages; Fontaínhas the Cape Verde's most picturesque village (named by the National Geography Magazine, the 2nd best located location in the world), Cruzinha, and Cha de Igreja where you spend the night. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Walking time: 4h30 | Distance: 11 Km | Elevation: +690 m / - 710 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 5

Walk: Cha de Igreja - Mocho - Cha de Pedras

​After breakfast we follow our guide along a little path until we reach the summit of Mocho, a high point that makes the border between the valley of the Garça and the valley of Ribeira Grande. The scenery is spectacular, for back we leave the blue horizon of the Atlantic Ocean and we began the descent through mountain scenery's, green valleys, terraced fields and sugar cane (numerous grogue (rhum) distilleries) to reach Chã de Pedras. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Overnight in Cha de Pedras. Walking Time: 4 – 5 hrs | Elevation: + 1020 m / - 1210m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 6

Walk: Cha de Pedras - Lin d'Corvo - Espongeiro

From the deep of the Chã de Pedras valley where you spent the night, you climb through a universe of sharp rocks and gorges up in order to reach the plateau Lagoa (Lin d´Corvo) from which one can distinguish the difference of landscapes green landscapes of the north contrasting with the aridity of the South. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Overnight in Espongeiro. Walking Time: 5 hrs | Elevation: + 1210 m / - 180 m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 7

Walk: Espongeiro - Ribeira da Torre - Ribeira Grande

From Espongeiro you start the descent to Ribeira da Torre, this is one of the most fertile and greenest ribeiras (valleys) of Santo Antao. Passing old pine trees hills, small houses and at the end of the route a grogue distillery, you comme to Ribeira da Torre. During the descent to Ribeira Grande you walk along a path with cultivated agricultural terraces and and where large variety of fruits and vegetables are produced: banana, papaya, sugarcane, manioc, etc.You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Transfer to Ponta do Sol to spend the night. Walking time: 4,5 hrs | Distance: 12,5 Km | Elevation: +1200 m /-200 m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: B, P, D.

Day 8

Ponta do Sol - Porto Novo - Tarrafal

After breakfast transfer to Porto Novo following the island's coastal road. The route from Porto Novo to Tarrafal takes approximately two hours ending on a dirt track where one can admire a breathtaking lunar landscape. Tarrafal is a wonderful place, it boasts the best beach on the island and a large variety of fruits and vegetables are produced: yam, banana, papaya, sugar cane, manioc, etc. All afternoon has been left free for you to explore Tarrafal, a perfect place for relax, swimming, snorkeling, fishing and trekking. Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BLD.

Day 9

Walk: Tarrafal - Monte Trigo - Tarrafal

You leave early (after breakfast) for today's walk. The trek runs through a trail at the base of the volcano (Crown Top, 1979 m) in an arid environment formed by ancient volcanic lava, witnessing the last eruption that occurred about 200 years ago. The village of Monte Trigo is very simple and people live basically from cultures and fishing. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. To return to Tarrafal we chose the sea route in company with fishermen, so that you enjoy the freshness of the calm and turquoise sea that surrounds you. This trip (by boat) can be cancelled due to security reasons! Walking Time: 4.5hrs | Elevation: +450m/-450m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 10

Walk: The Natural Park of Tope de Coroa | Beck to Sao Vicente Island

After a breakfast we start to climb the highest mountain of the island: Tope de Coroa (at over 1,979 meters altitude). Elected in 2013 one of the seven natural wonders of Santo Antão Island, for visitors the volcano and the landscape surrounding demonstrates all the beauty of the majestic island of the mountains. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. The descent is very quick. You meet your transfer vehicle back to Porto Novo where you enjoy a well deserved lunch. At 17hrs the ferry will get you back to São Vicente Island. We transfer you to your hotel. Walking Time: 4 – 5 hrs | Ascent: 959m - Descent: 959m | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: BPL.

Day 11

Mindelo: Free day

Free day in Mindelo to gather strengths, swimming on "Laginha" a beautiful white sand beach and why not buy souvenirs in this small city that has a lot to offer. Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: B

Day 12: Sao Vicente Island Airport (Departure)

Transfer to the airport Cesaria Évora in Sao Vicente

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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