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From Praia: Banana Plantation Tour and Cuscuz Workshop

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From Praia: Banana Plantation Tour and Cuscuz Workshop

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 92.26 per person

Explore the north and east of Santiago Island on a shared or private group tour from Praia. Visit a banana plantation and a rum distillery, and enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes of the island.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Visit Cape Verde's largest banana and coconut plantation
  • Learn how to cook an authentic Cuscuz with a local family
  • Visit a local rum distillery
  • Have a lunch at the top of Rui Vaz mountain
  • Visit the Natural Park of Monte Txota
Full description

Start with pickup at your hotel in Praia and begin a journey to discover the natural beauty of the northern and eastern areas of Santiago Island. Travel for approximately 45 minutes and arrive at the largest banana and coconut plantation in the country. Taste some fresh coconut water taken from the coconut trees.  Continue inland until the village of Orgãos where you will learn to make cuscuz (a cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana mixed with wheat) with a local family. Next, make your way to the foot of the highest mountain on the island to visit a traditional rum distillery.

Then, head between rocks and valleys to the village of Rui Vaz at an altitude of 800 meters. Savor a meal at a mountaintop restaurant. After lunch, visit the Monte Txota Natural Park and start an easy 15-minute hike to a viewpoint. Get fantastic panoramic views of the volcano on the nearby Fogo Island.

Afterward, be returned to your hotel in Praia.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Praia
  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

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  • This tour takes place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with a total duration of 6 hours
Customer reviews

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5 /5

based on 7 reviews

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We were hesitant about whether it would be worth the full day or cost but we are so so glad we did this. It was the highlight of our visit to Santiago as you see so much in a say. The tour guide Maria was amazing she taught us so much about the history, culture and life in Cape Verde. The highlight was definitely the cooking - the people were so so kind and lovely. Fascinating to see the plantations and rum distillery. Tyne views weren’t great due to cloud but this was out of their control!! 10/10

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March 19, 2022

The tour was great! We had a great trip and a lot of fun, got to know a few local residents and tried to eat Lola's. I can only recommend it!

March 19, 2020

Es war wunderbar. Viele erlebt und super nette Reisebegleitung Maria , hat uns sehr interessante Sachen erzählt und gezeigt +bester Fahrer .Sehr authentische Eindrücke gesammelt. Absolute Empfehlung von uns.

April 21, 2022


Product ID: 344061