Undiscovered Trails of Cape Verde

Undiscovered Trails of Cape Verde
Undiscovered Trails of Cape Verde
Undiscovered Trails of Cape Verde
Undiscovered Trails of Cape Verde
Undiscovered Trails of Cape Verde
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Reviews
  • Dates
  • Exodus

Explore Cape Verde's stunning fertile valleys, mountains and incredible scenery.

The Cape Verde Islands never fail to delight the senses and this exciting itinerary will allow us to experience the dramatic variety of landscapes to be found here. Predominantly on foot, we will explore the very best of these islands, starting with Santiago to discover the history of the Cape Verde Islands. We continue with Sao Vincente and Santo Antao to enjoy the breath-taking scenery; from fertile valleys and mountain ranges to salt pans and long stretches of coastline as well as the peculiar rock formations and microclimates which are characteristic of this region. 

Highlights
• Explore the old town of Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage site • Stroll in amongst the many plantations, including bananas, papayas, mangoes and sugarcane • Hike the stunning ribeiras of Santo Antão, and meet the locals • Visit fairytale-like villages such as Fontainhas • See São Vicente and vibrant Mindelo, the cultural capital
Food

All breakfasts, 6 lunches/lunchboxes and 6 dinners included. The food in the Cape Verde islands is generally of a good quality, particularly so by the coast where the seafood is excellent. The food of the islands is very much a reflection of its history and geography –  a fusion of South American and African ingredients influenced by the Portuguese history, as well as Southern and Western Europe. Expect a variety of soups and grilled meat/seafood as well as plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables owing to the fertile climate. Cachupa Rica is Cape Verde's national dish, a stew made with corn, beans, fish or meat and vegetables and usually served with rice. Even though the hygienic conditions on Cape Verde have improved considerably over recent years, along with stricter water testing, stomach bugs can occur. As a preventative measure, you should abstain from eating fruit that has not been peeled, bring purifying drinking tap water with tablets and/or portable water filters. Please bring a reusable water bottle as water will be provided throughout the trip, but you must provide your own water bottle. 

Destinations
  • Africa
  • Cape Verde
Tour Types
  • Walking & Trekking
  • New Walking Holidays
  • Adventure
  • Trekking
  • Point-to-point
Day 1

We begin our trip in  Praia,  Santiago - the capital city and the largest of the island nation. Upon arrival in Praia those on group flights will be met and transferred to the accommodation in Praia. Flight schedules can change throughout the year so the arrival time may vary from early afternoon to late evening. The day is free but if the group flight arrives early enough the leader will organise a briefing later this afternoon. If the flight arrives too late the briefing will take place tomorrow. *Hotel Oasis Atlantico Praiamar or similar*



Day 2

This morning we will transfer to the start point of our short hike through the fertile valley where we will have the opportunity to visit Cidade Velha, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where everything started for the Cape Verdians. The first settlement from the Portuguese was established here and it was the centre of the slave trade. In the afternoon we will take our flight to Mindelo, São Vicente. After checking in we will have a welcome dinner with live music in Mindelo.  *Hotel Porto Grande or similar*



Day 3

In the morning we transfer to the harbour and enjoy the scenic ferry ride to São Vicente's neighbour island, Santo Antão (Approx 45-60 minute ferry crossing). Upon arrival, we transfer to the plateau of the island Espongeiros with time to take photos of the dramatic scenery along the way as we descend to our hiking start point of Caibros. From the ferry, our luggage will be transferred to our accommodation leaving us free to start trekking from the centre of the island following a descent down a steep valley and crossing to the other side of the island. This walk begins on even terrain but continues with a steep descent on rocky terrain, for around 3 hours, but the trail is wide with small walls for security. As you descend, you pass from the vegetated highlands through barren hillsides to the fertile valley.  *Pension Zeca or similar*



Day 4

After breakfast we will walk along the fertile valley of the Ribeira Grande and its lateral valleys, passing through Horta de Garca to Chã d'Igreja. The path climbs for an hour offering outstanding views of the valley, we arrive at the top of a pass and from here the valley can be seen on one side, and the Atlantic on the other. We then descend for an hour and stop for a drink at a family-run cafe. According to the season, the river becomes either a torrential river or a leisurely stream and alongside them with a bountiful amount of vegetation growing here. You will experience the local life at the riverside before arriving in Chã d'Igreja, a charming village situated on a picturesque canyon right in front of the Atlantic.  *Pension Casa Mite or similar*



Day 5

After breakfast you will start your hike, this being one of the most popular hikes on Santo Antão. It is no surprise, as the views are absolutely stunning having the ocean on your left, and the mountains on the right as you walk through tiny villages including, among others the famous Fontainhas. Part of today's walk is along a steep series of switch backs with the stations of the cross marked in stone reliefs, along the way. The colourful fairytale-like village of Fontainhas with intricate terracing is perched on very steep cliffs, and has a beautiful view of the surrounding area. *Hotel Tiduca or similar*



Day 6

After breakfast we transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the Paúl Valley, the greenest valley of Cape Verde. The Paúl Valley is surrounded by towering steep rocks and by a bay of coconut palms. Following ancient mule tracks, we will walk along the stunning tropic vegetation consisting of sugar cane, mango and dragon trees and visit a grogue distillery. Our walk will bring us to the village of Sinagoga, we will visit the original site of the synagogue built by a small Jewish settlement who arrived on the island in the mid 1800s. In the afternoon, we transfer back to Ponta do Sol and enjoy dinner at a cosy restaurant.  *Hotel Tiduca or similar*



Day 7

After a late breakfast, we will be transported to Cha de Morte (2 hour drive), from here we begin the hike up to Alto Mira. We will explore the lesser known northwest part of Santo Antão, remote and relatively untouched by tourists. This hike is very impressive because of the peculiar rock formations and the unique microclimate which is ubiquitous in Santo Antão. The trail is very steep as we ascend for the last hour of the walk.  *Casa Amadeu or similar*



Day 8

After breakfast we head to the port to catch a ferry back to Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente. Later we enjoy a city tour throughout the secret cultural capital of the country. If you have not experienced Mindelense music, you have not been to Mindelo at all! We will visit a local manufacturer, this is the best way to listen to these fine artists and after learning how guitars are made, we will enjoy an impromptu musical performance from the masters. *Hotel Porto Grande or similar*



Day 9

After several days of hiking, we will explore the island today by bus. Amongst others we will drive to the oasis of Calhau, walking a little on the Sahara sand dunes of Praia Grande and visit the villages of Baia das Gatas and Salamansa. Afterwards, we will drive up to the highest point of the island, the Monte Verde, where we will have an amazing view of the islands as well as the islands of Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Santa Luzia. The rest of the afternoon is free for exploring the city, relaxing on the city beach of Laginha, or sitting by the pool. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.  *Hotel Porto Grande or similar*



Day 10

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and check-in for the international departure from* *São Vicente.



* All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)


Fabulous trip with stunning scenery

The walking was quite tough as there were long periods of continual steep ascent or descent but it was worth it for the views and remoteness of some of the locations. The heat was relentless without much shade so you need to be prepared for this and take a lot of water.

Rating: 5




Capo Verde Discovered

Until this Exodus trip appeared, I did not know where Cabo Verde was. We took a chance to go to a country emerging from the 3rd world, and I'm glad we did. Great hikes, interesting vistas, great guides.

Rating: 5




Interesting and varied walking

Walking a new area in warm weather looked interesting – and it was. The first walk: a short steep descent followed by an interesting green valley to the coast, was a gentle introduction. The next, on Santo Antao, was hard work, culminating in a very long descent. Might have been better later in the trip when we were a bit more used to the terrain. Good paths in general, lots of cobbled paths plus a bit of loose stuff. Great scenery, rock formations, mountain and coastal views, assorted cultivation, even a couple of monkeys. Knowledgeable and considerate local guides.

Rating: 5




Harder than expected walks

Although the trip notes said this was a cat 3 some of the treks especially the first day on Santo Antao were a bit harder but that di not detract from a fantastic holiday in a wonderful country. A mixed group ranging from 80's to 40's but all got on well. The guides were great.

Rating: 5




Harder than expected walks

Although the trip notes said this was a cat 3 some of the treks especially the first day on Santo Antao were a bit harder but that di not detract from a fantastic holiday in a wonderful country. A mixed group ranging from 80's to 40's but all got on well. The guides were great.

Rating: 5



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