Type

Hike

Duration

13 Days & 12 Nights

Next Departure

02 Nov 2024

Status

Available

Price

3.500 EUR

Mountains of Cape Verde and Fogo Island

Are you prepared to explore the magnificent landscapes and lively culture of Cape Verde? Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a nature enthusiast, Cabo Verde is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Discover São Vicente, recognized as the capital of music and culture, and Mindelo, with its beautiful, well-preserved colonial buildings. Santo Antão is an island of productive valleys, where villages, banana plantations, and sugar cane fields have been established. The trails rise to ridges and quickly open up to balconies above the ocean. It’s a journey of camaraderie, sharing, and genuineness! Climb to the highest peak in Cape Verde, at an altitude of 2,829 meters. Throughout the climb and from the highest point, you can admire a complete view of Chã das Caldeiras and even Santiago Island, and realize the magnitude of the successive eruptions. When you reach the summit, you’ll feel as though you’re on top of the world, while the scent of sulfur emanating from the center of the imposing volcano is present. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget!

Highlights

  • Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde in São Vicente island
  • Hidden beaches, fishing villages and extinct volcanos
  • Breathtaking landscapes in Santo Antão island
  • Summit of Fogo Island (2829m)
  • The iconic Cidade Velha (UNESCO) in Santiago island
  • Cultural and musical heritage and richeness
  • Local Gastronomy & Warm Hospitality

Tour Information

Included

  • Pre-departure Information Pack
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Full Hiking Guided tour - 10 Hike days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Transfer from Airport / Ferry
  • Transfers during the tour as mentioned in the daily description
  • Ferry tickets (São Vicente / Santo Antão / São Vicente)
  • Flights tickets (São Vicente / Fogo / Santiago)
  • 12 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 9 Lunch or Picnic (D2 to D7 and D9 to D11)
  • 11 Dinners (D1 to D6 and D8 to D12)

Excluded

  • All non-mentioned Services or Activities
  • Liability and personal accidents insurance
  • International Flights
  • Dinner D7 and Lunch D8
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tourist taxes (2,5€/person /night)
  • Aeroport Taxes (34€)
  • Visa fees and Tips
  • Price

    3.500 EUR

  • Single room supplement

    +700 EUR

  • Duration

    13 Days & 12 Nights

  • Accommodation

    Comfort

  • Start / Finish

    São Vicente / Santiago

  • Tour Grade

  • Daily Distance

    4-16 km / Day

  • Daily Elevation Gain

    +100 / +1200m

  • Profile

    Mountainous / Hilly

  • Route

    Trails and paths between volcanic sections

Included and Optional Services

Preparation

Accommodations

Transfers

Orientation

Optional

  • Personalized assistance throughout the booking
  • Pre-departure Information Pack (checklist, travel information)
  • Tour Information (description of daily stages & profiles)
  • 12 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 9 Lunch or Picnic (D2 to D7 and D9 to D11)
  • 11 Dinners (D1 to D6 and D8 to D12)
  • Transfers during the tour as mentioned in the daily description
  • Transfer from / to airport and ferry
  • Ferrys between islands (São Vicente / Santo Antão / São Vicente)
  • Flights tickets (São Vicente / Fogo / Santiago)
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Full Hiking Guided tour - 10 Days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Single room supplement: +700 EUR

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival

Welcome to São Vicente!

Today marks the beginning of a new adventure. Our guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation for the first few nights. Charming and delightful, Mindelo is the second-largest city in Cape Verde. Regarded as the cultural capital of Cape Verde’s music and colors, it’s a city that invites us to explore and discover its colonial buildings. Make the most of the rest of the day by visiting this port city, strolling along its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, or, if you prefer, exploring its museums and historical monuments. Enjoy a unique experience in this captivating destination

Transfer

00:30 h

Oásis Atlântico

Porto Grande Hotel

DAY 2

Xoxo Valley

Explore one of Cape Verde’s lushest and most beautiful valleys!

Today, we invite you on an extraordinary journey to the island of mountains! Following a delightful breakfast, a quick transfer (5min) from the hotel to Mindelo’s port awaits, where we’ll catch the ferry to Santo Antão. Upon arriving at Porto Novo’s pier on Santo Antão, a picturesque transfer (45m) will guide us through the famed Corda road, treating us to incredible views of the island’s majestic peaks. A transfer from the hotel will take you to the enchanting Ribeira da Vinha. This scenic walk traverses a volcanic cone and unveils a magnificent 150m waterfall, offering a superb hike with a breathtaking 360º panoramic view. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings, abundant with vibrant flora and a refreshing atmosphere. Enjoy a delightful local lunch during the journey, adding a taste of authentic Cape Verdean cuisine to your experience. The day concludes with a transfer to your hotel in Ponta do Sol, ensuring you savor every moment of this picturesque adventure.

Ferry to Santo Antão

01:00 h

Hike Distance

5 km

Elevation Gain

+ 300 m

Hotel Paul Mar

DAY 3

Vale do Paúl

Discover Santo Antão, the island of mountains!

Our adventure continues as we embark on a captivating hike, ascending to the summit of Pico do António, where panoramic vistas await. Traverse the lush Paul Valley, Cape Verde’s verdant garden, along an exotic route nestled in the heart of the valley. This unforgettable journey will lead us from one typical house to another, weaving through cultivated fields of vegetables. After the hike, a brief transfer will whisk us away to the hotel, ensuring you end your day of exploration with comfort and tranquility.

Hike Distance

9km

Elevation Gain

+ 600 m

Tiduca Hotel

DAY 4

Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha

Discover Fontainhas, one of the world’s most breathtaking views!

Today, an unforgettable hike is planned to introduce you to a village recognized by National Geographic for having one of the best views in the world: Fontainhas. Nestled in the mountains with a narrow access road along cliffs above the sea, it is the highlight of the day. The journey begins at Ponta do Sol and follows the narrow road of Fontainhas, unveiling various types of cultivation. We will then reach the ‘Selada’ de Corvo, where panoramic views await. Continuing to Formiguinhas, a small seaside village, we’ll pass through Aranhas, an abandoned town, and arrive at Ribeira Seca Beach, with its striking black and white sands and lava caves. The journey concludes in the picturesque fishing village of Cruzinha, ensuring a truly unique experience.

Hiking Distance

16 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1000 m

Tiduca Hotel

DAY 5

Janela’s Trail

Wander amidst nature and culture!

After savoring a delightful traditional breakfast, a transfer will escort you to Janela, the starting point of an extraordinary trail winding through banana, sugar cane, papaya, and mango plantations. This journey unfolds as an opportunity to marvel at and appreciate nature in its purest form—a leisurely stroll amidst valleys and farmers’ homes, providing the perfect occasion to discover and engage with the local community. As the day concludes, relish in a traditional and delectable meal, immersed in the vibrant colors and flavors of the unique sojourn awaiting you.

Hike Distance

7 km

Elevation Gain

+ 500 m

Santantao Art Resort

DAY 6

Ribeira das Patas & Alto Mira Valley

Marvel at panoramic views of the island!

After these incredible and unforgettable days, today we embark on an exploration of the southwest of the island. Here, we’ll encounter isolated villages and warm-hearted locals. Following a brief transfer (15min) to Alto Mira, we’ll embark on a short hike towards Ribeira das Patas, where we can engage with the local inhabitants and experience their daily lives, including witnessing their traditional and rudimentary methods of water transportation.

Along this trail, we’ll pass through sites like Forquinha, treating us to breathtaking panoramic views of Alto da Mira and Ribeira das Patas. As the day concludes, a transfer will take us to Porto Novo’s pier, where we’ll board a ferry to Mindelo. Upon reaching Mindelo, we’ll be chauffeured to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Hike Distance

6 km

Elevation Gain

+ 300 m

Ferry to Mindelo

01:00h

Oásis Atlântico

Porto Grande Hotel

DAY 7

Mindelo & Calhau Volcano Center

Embark on an extraordinary hike in the Calhau Volcanic center.

The day begins in Mindelo, the pride and joy of São Vicente island. After exploring this beautiful city, brace yourself for an extraordinary hiking adventure in the heart of the Calhau volcanic crater! Today, you’ll immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of this dormant volcano, journeying through a world sculpted by ancient volcanic forces. Each step reveals breathtaking remnants of the Earth’s tumultuous past, showcasing awe-inspiring lava formations and rugged terrain that narrate a compelling geological tale.

As you explore the crater, soak in panoramic views of its vast expanse, allowing the sheer wonder of nature to captivate your senses. Following this exploration, a convenient transfer will take you to Praia Grande. Here, relish a leisurely walk by the ocean and seize the opportunity to swim in Baía das Gatas, a natural bay renowned for its scenic beauty.

Hiking Distance

4 km

Elevation Gain

+ 100 m

Oásis Atlântico

Porto Grande Hotel

DAY 8

Arrival at Fogo

Step onto Fogo Island, home to the iconic Pico do Fogo volcano.

As you journey from São Vicente to Fogo, let the anticipation of discovery guide you. Step onto Fogo Island, home to the iconic Pico do Fogo volcano, where our expert guides will lead you through trails unveiling the island’s unique geological features. Marvel at ancient lava formations and the vibrant local flora, absorbing the island’s rich cultural tapestry shaped by centuries of volcanic influence. Venture through Fogo’s mesmerizing landscapes and relish panoramic views that showcase the sheer beauty of the region. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, this experience promises to be immersive and unforgettable.

Flight to Fogo

Casa Marisa

DAY 9

Chã das Caldeiras

Discover the secrets of Fogo Island.

Nestled within the magnificent embrace of Fogo Island, the Chã das Caldeiras trail beckons adventurers seeking a truly unique hiking experience. This extraordinary trek unveils the dramatic landscapes shaped by the island’s iconic Pico do Fogo volcano, providing an unparalleled blend of natural wonders and cultural richness. As you traverse the meandering paths of Chã das Caldeiras, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world where time seems to stand still. Witness the breathtaking remnants of ancient lava flows, sculpted by the island’s volcanic legacy. The rugged terrain creates a canvas of contrasting textures, with sprawling fields of ash juxtaposed against vibrant, resilient flora. The journey unfolds through charming traditional villages, where the warmth of local hospitality adds a cultural dimension to your hike.

Hiking Distance

9 km

Elevation Gain

+ 400 m

Casa Marisa

DAY 10

Pico do Fogo Volcano Summit Hike

Conquer Fogo Island’s Majestic Summit!

Today you will embark on an exhilarating hike to the summit of Fogo Island, climbing the highest mountain in Cape Verde (2829m). Today’s path offers a unique hiking experience, unveiling a landscape shaped by volcanic forces and revealing panoramic views that capture the essence of Cabo Verde’s natural beauty. As you ascend, marvel at the rugged terrain and ancient lava formations, witnessing the powerful legacy of Fogo’s volcanic history.

The pinnacle awaits with breathtaking vistas, offering a bird’s-eye view of the island’s diverse topography. The indomitable spirit of life emerges amidst this volcanic oasis, creating an atmosphere that is both humbling and awe-inspiring. Whether you are an avid hiker or nature enthusiast, the ascent to Pico do Fogo promises an unforgettable experience.

Hiking Distance

15 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1200 m

Casa Marisa

DAY 11

From Chã das Caldeiras to Mosteiros

Descend from the Heights: A Thrilling Journey to Mosteiros!

Today’s hike heads to Mosteiros, from where we will cap off our day with flights to the enchanting island of Santiago. This will be an exhilarating descent from Chã das Caldeiras, an adventure that unveils the diverse landscapes of Fogo Island. This unique hiking experience captures the essence of the island’s natural beauty, combining volcanic wonders with sweeping vistas that will leave you awe-inspired.

As you traverse the winding paths from Chã das Caldeiras, witness the dramatic contrasts of ancient lava flows and resilient flora that define Fogo’s unique character. The journey unfolds through traditional villages, where the warmth of local hospitality adds a cultural dimension to your hike. Revel in panoramic views as you descend toward Mosteiros, capturing the indomitable spirit of life amidst this volcanic oasis. The contrasts between stark volcanic landscapes and the vibrant scenes of daily life create a captivating atmosphere.

Hiking Distance

12 km

Elevation Gain

+1000 m

Flight to Santiago

Hotel Santiago Praia

DAY 12

Santiago

Explore the history, the culture, and the breathtaking landscapes of Cidade Velha.

After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to explore the treasures of Cidade Velha. This unique walking experience will guide you through charming corners, revealing curiosities and points of interest that weave the story of this historic city. As you traverse the winding paths, immerse yourself in the timeless ambiance of Cidade Velha, where each step will carry you through cobblestone streets lined with colonial architecture. This circular route will bring you in proximity to the Miradouro do Salineiro, a vantage point offering panoramic views of the surrounding beauty. Pause to absorb the breathtaking scenery and perhaps capture the perfect snapshot of Santiago’s coastal charm.

Discover curiosities embedded in the city’s rich history as you explore its UNESCO-listed sites, including the iconic Cidade Velha Square and the historic Pelourinho. Engage with locals and soak in the vibrant atmosphere, where the echoes of the past harmonize with the lively present. Cap off your journey with a renewed appreciation for Santiago’s cultural heritage and a deeper connection to its timeless landscapes.

Hiking Distance

11 km

Elevation Gain

+ 200 m

Hotel Santiago Praia

DAY 13

Departure

OUR SPLENDID PROGRAM HAS COME TO AN END

Time flies when you’re having fun, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We hope that the memories and experiences we have shared will stay with you forever. It’s time to prepare for your trip back home. Our guide will be waiting for you at the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back soon to discover more of Exotic Nature Trails!

Transfer

00:30h