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Walking in Cape Verde: Fogo and Santo Antao Islands


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It is a Great Walking Holiday in Cape Verde with a selection of some of the best trails of Fogo and Santo Antao Islands, to discover the magnificent landscapes of these volcanic islands. World famous, the Fogo volcano rising to more than 2829 meters above sea level is adorned with a landscape of black sand covered in places with a thin layer of greenery. On the island of Santiago, you will discover the capital of Cape Verde and walk in the Serra Malagueta National Park. You will also discover Sao Vicente and Mindelo the cultural city.


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

Day 1: Santiago Island Airport (Arrival)

Transfers from Praia Airport to your hotel.

Depending on the arrival time you will have enough time for the first contact with the country and a warm welcome from the beautiful people of Cape Verde. A short city tour, which will include the city center Praia (known as the Plateau) is quite attractive and provides an interesting walk at the end of the day. Return to your hotel and have dinner. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner.

Day 2

Walk: Walking in Serra Malagueta National Park | Tarrafal

After breakfast, transfer to the Serra Malagueta National Park located at 1603 m altitude. Along the way we have splendid views of the northern region of the island; Deep basins, steep ridges, volcanic landscapes are breathtaking. Several hikes are possible, one of which goes down to Principal. Small stop at the park's bar-restaurant where you enjoy a picnic lunch. Transfer to Tarrafal a black sandy beach were you can swim and relax. Overnight in a hotel and have dinner. 
Walking time: 3 - 4 hrs | Ascent: 230m - Descent: 770m | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner.

Day 3

Fogo Island (the Island of Fire) | São Filipe

All morning has been left free for you to further explore Tarrafal.  You may choose to have a beach morning with its white sand. After lunch transfers to the airport. Sâo Filipe is a city of enviable beauty. A city of colonial architecture whose essential characteristic are its Sobrados (old houses where the aristocrats lived). An incredible view of places such as the surrounding black sand beaches, the islanders and even the neighboring island of Brava. Overnight in a Guesthouse and have dinner. Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: Breakfast , Dinner.

Day 4

Walk: Ascent the active volcano 'Pico de Fogo' (2829m), Cape Verde's highest point.

After breakfast transfer to the crater rim, also named Cha das Caldeiras. The surrounding scenery is simply spectacular. We ascend the summit of the volcano passing through small fumaroles giving off hot gases where the views are more than awe inspiring. The descent is very quick. We enjoy a lunch accompanied by a glass of Fogo wine. We have the rest of the afternoon to relax in Cha das Caldeiras. Overnight in a guesthouse and have dinner.

Walking Time: 4 – 5 hrs | Ascent: 1200m - Descent: 1200m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BLD

Day 5

Walk: Cha das Caldeiras - Mosteiros | Sao Filipe.

On a long descent from Cha das Caldeiras, we will cross the volcanic landscape, small eucalyptus woods and cultivated landscapes, green and fertile to reach Mosteiros where we lunch and we meet our transfer vehicle back to Sao Filipe, colorful town, great for a stroll before dinner. Walking Time: 4-5 hrs | Ascent: 1300m | Accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BLD.

Day 6

Fogo - São Vicente Island

We have some free time before our flight to the island of Sao Vicente (via Santiago), to further explore the city São Filipe. We may choose to visit the fruit and fishes market to check the diversity or walk along the stunning black beach before enjoying some lunch at a local restaurant. At 16hrs transfer to the airport Fogo airport. 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: BL

Day 7

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 1 hour to reach the island of Santo Antao).

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: 5h | Distance: 12,5 Km | Elevation: + 300 m / - 1320 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 8

Walk: Lin d'Corvo - João Afonso

After breakfast, transfer  (stopping in the sights of Corda) to the starting point of the hike, in Lin d Corvo, 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.

Walking Time: 4h | Distance: 10,7 Km | Elevation: 170 m / - 820 m | Type of accommodation: Homestay | Meals: BPD.

Day 9

Walk: João Afonso to Cha de 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 10

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

After breakfast, superb ride along the fantastic coast, passing through rugged cliffs and wonderful small rural villages; Cruzinha, Corvo and Fontaínhas. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Continue to Ponta do Sol, to spend the night. Walking time: 4h30 | Distance: 11 Km | Elevation: +690 m / - 710 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 11

Santo Antao - Sao Vicente Island

After breakfast, we transfer down to the village Porto Novo following the coastline to the the harbour where we catch the ferry back to Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente. At 11h00 we transfer you back to your hotel. You are free to discovery Mindelo, the cultural city of Cape Verde or to enjoy the beach. Overnight in Mindelo. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B.

Day 12: Sao Vicente Island Airport (Departure)

Transfer to the airport Cesaria Évora in Sao Vicente

Flight time dependent, a single transfer to Airport Cesaria Évora is provided and we wave goodbye to these beautiful islands. Meals: breakfast.

End of Stay
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