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Walking Santo Antao | The Classic Trails in 5 Days
Best Of SANTO ANTAO
Cova volcano crater, Xôxô, Ribeira Grande, Ponta do Sol, Fontaínhas, Paul valley
5 DAYS | 4 NIGHTS | 4 WALKS
Local Expert | Hikes | Accommodation | Transfer | Meals
The natural treasure of Santo Antao island: Medium-level volcanic hike (4-5 hours of walking per day) to understand the geological pattern of the island. Discover the Cova volcano caldera, the mountain ranges and the black sand beaches through an unforgettable network of hiking trails.
All year round
5 days / 4 nights
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Tansport, guiding and food & accommodation
Fitness level: 12345
Min. 1, max. 8 guests
Pick up points:
Mindelo (Sao Vicente Island), Porto Novo or anywhere else on request (surcharge)
Hike in the majestic mountains of the protected area of the eastern plateau of Santo Antao island;
Get in touch with the still untouched nature and meet the greenest valleys of Cape Verde;
Look closely Fontaínhas, declared the second most beautiful village in the world by National Geographic magazine;
Discover Pombas, Ribeira Grande and Ponta do Sol, cities of Portuguese colonial architecture;
Try the traditional Cape Verde drink: Grogue and Pontche;
Delight in the Cape Verde gastronomy through a good fresh fish dish.
Day 1: Sao Vicente - Santo Antao Island
At 07:15 A.M. we pick you up in your hotel in Mindelo and drive you to Sao Vicente port. The ferry will take one hour to reach the island of Santo Antao.
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
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-lunch and Dinner.
Type of accommodation: Guesthouse
Day 2: 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
Day 3: Walk: Espongeiro - Lin d'Corvo - Joao 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. From there to Lagoa, semi-desert altitude plateau, more precisely, the Lin d'Corvo locality. A scenic trail (we cross local cultures sugarcane crops and small rural hamlets) descends towards Joao 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
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch and Dinner.
Type of accommodation: Homestay.
Day 4: Walk: Cruzinha | Fontainhas | Ponta do Sol
After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of the hike in Cruzinha. 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 and Dinner.
Day 5: Santo Antao - Sao Vicente Island
After breakfast, head back to Porto Novo port via newly built island coastal road.
At 09:00 A.M. - the ferry-boat will get you back to São Vicente Island.
At 10:00 A.M. - we transfer you back to your hotel in Mindelo.
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.