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A Dream Walking Holiday in Cape Verde | Santo Antao Island
In this 12-day trek we will get in touch with the still untouched nature and the lunar landscapes of the northwest of Santo Antao Island;
12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS | 7 WALKS
Local Expert | Hikes | Accommodation | Transfer | Meals
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.
Discover Mindelo, the capital of culture of Cape Verde;
Get in touch with the still untouched nature and meet the greenest valleys;
Look closely Fontaínhas, named by National Geographic Magazine, the 2nd best located location in the world;
The forest park of the East Plateau (Espongeiro);
The lunar landscapes of the northwest of Santo Antao Island;
The Natural Park of Tope de Coroa (1979 m altitude);
Meet Monte Trigo and Tarrafal with its beautiful beach of basaltic sand;
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: Breakfast, Lunch (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: Ribeira Grande - Ribeira da Torre - Ponta do Sol
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. In the late afternoon we return to Ponta do Sol. Walking Time: 3h30 | Distance: 8 Km | Elevation: + 560 m / - 710 m
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-lunch, Dinner | Accommodation: Guesthouse
Day 5: 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 6: 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: Homestay | Meals: BPD
Day 7: Walk: Cha Igreja - 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 |
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-lunch, Dinner | Accommodation: Guesthouse |
Day 8: Transfert 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Type of accommodation: Guesthouse
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 |
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner | Accommodation: Guesthouse
Day 10: Walk: The Natural Park of Tope de Coroa
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. Walking Time: 4 – 5 hrs | Ascent: 959m - Descent: 959m
Santo Antao - Sao Vicente Island
At 17:00 A.M. the ferry will get you back to Sao Vicente Island. We transfer you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-lunch, Lunch | Accommodation: Hotel
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.
Meal: Breakfast - Accommodation: Hotel
Day 12: 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.