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Volcanoes & Mountains | Walking in Cape Verde Islands

Santo Antao | Sao Vicente | Fogo

Two ascents of iconic volcanoes in one trip! The active "Pico de Fogo" , 2829 m is situated at the Fogo (the Island of Fire) - the highest point of Cape Verde and "Top Coroa" - 1979 m, also known to be the highest point on Santo Antão island.

14 DAYS | 13 NIGHTS | 8 WALKS 
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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. You will also discover Sao Vicente and Mindelo the cultural city.

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  • Discover Mindelo, the capital of culture of Cape Verde;

  • Look closely Fontaínhas, named by National Geographic Magazine, the 2nd best located location in the world;

  • The Natural Park of Tope de Coroa (1979 m altitude);

  • World famous, the Fogo volcano rising to more than 2829 meters

  • 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 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 3: 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. 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 4: Walk: Espongeiro - Lind 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 to Lagoa semi-desert altitude plateau . From there, a scenic trail (we cross the 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 |

Type of accommodation: Homestay. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-lunch and Dinner.

Day 5: 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 6: 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, sugar cane, manioc, etc., a perfect place for relax, swimming, snorkeling, fishing and trekking. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Type of accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 7: 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 8: 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 P.M. the ferry will get you back to Sao Vicente Island. We transfer you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-lunch, Lunch | Accommodation: Hotel

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