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From São Vicente: Santo Antão Day Trip with Local Guide

1. From São Vicente: Santo Antão Day Trip with Local Guide

Start your adventure with a pick-up from your accommodation in São Vicente followed by a transfer to the port for a 1-hour ferry ride to Santo Antão. Upon arrival, meet your local expert and drive through the mountains to Cape Verde's largest volcanic crater, Cova de Paúl, an extinct volcano used for the cultivation of potatoes, carrots, onions and more. After visiting the Cova Natural Park, take the Corda Road and traverse the island' smost spectacular landscapes. Enjoy a photo stop at the Delgadinho mountain viewpoint and be amazed by stunning views of sharp cliffs and beautiful valleys. Proceed to the fishing village of Ponta de Sol, meet the locals before a scenic drive to Ribeira Grande. Next, take a break for lunch before arriving in Vale de Paúl, surrounded by greenery, thatched-roof houses and stunning scenery. After discovering one of Cape Verde's most beautiful islands, be transferred to Porto Novo and catch your ferry back to São Vicente. The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in Mindelo.

Coastal hike to Fontainhas

2. Coastal hike to Fontainhas

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Ponta do Sol, or if you are in another part of the island, we will meet you at the appointed time in front of the fishing port of Ponta do Sol. Initially, you will hear interesting stories from the village of Ponta do Sol and the legacies left by Jewish and European traders in the village. Then we will continue our walk on a unique road on the island with a scenic beauty that will take your breath away and inspire anyone, our walk will go to the village of fontainhas located on the cliff and surrounded by greenery. And then we'll head back to Ponta do Sol along the same path. 6 km 250 m up 250 down

Ribeira Grande: Hiking Day Trip to Ribeira de Torre

3. Ribeira Grande: Hiking Day Trip to Ribeira de Torre

Explore the Ribeira de Torre valley on this day trip from Ribeira Grande. See local villages like Chu Chu on a hike through the countryside. Stroll by a mountain waterfall and swim in a natural pool. Find out about local rum at the Grogue rum distillery. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Ribeira Grande. Sit back and relax on the drive to the trailhead in Faja da Cima which lies at an altitude of 1,480 meters. Start your hike up the slopes to Rabo Curto through lush natural flora up the slopes to Rabo Curto. Admire cultivated agricultural terraces and small houses on the way to the village of Lombo de Pedra. Cross hills on your way to the Ribeira de Torre valley. See sugar cane and fruit trees as you walk. Arrive in Chu Chu (Xoxo) village where you can enjoy sweeping views of the valley of Ribeira Grande. Pass close to waterfall and have the option to take a refreshing dip in a natural swimming pool. On the way down, view banana and coffee plantations. Visit a local rum distillery called Grogue at the end of the route. Return to your accommodation in Ribeira Grande at the end of your tour.

Santo Antão: Ponta do Sol & Fontainhas Guided Trip with Hike

4. Santo Antão: Ponta do Sol & Fontainhas Guided Trip with Hike

Take in breathtaking views of lush nature, volcanic rocks, and ocean scenery on this guided road trip to Ponta do Sol, Fontainhas, and Cruzinha. Have a picnic on the black-sand beach of Praia das Aranhas and join a 2.5-hour hiking adventure. Choose between private and shared tour options. After pickup, explore on foot in Ponta do Sol, a waterfront fishing village with colorful houses. Follow a scenic road up along rocky cliffs that hover over the ocean for unforgettable views overlooking the sea. Then, head through a winding road sculpted on the top of a mountain and surrounded with deep valleys to the picturesque village of Fontainhas, 1 of the 10 villages with the best views in the world according to National Geographic. Following a steep descent and a pedestrian path, cross Corvo, Formiguinhas, and some dazzling sights to the Aranhas valley. Next, arrive at a beautiful black-sand beach, Praia das Aranhas, a place to spot turtles nesting and to go for a swim, depending on sea conditions. There, find a scenic spot on the shore for a well-deserved rest and picnic (food and drinks not included).   After recharging, start your 2.5-hour hike between volcanic rocks and the ocean, offering stunning views until you reach Cruzinha, a small fishing village with more memorable views of the coast. At the end of your unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return transfer to your accommodation.

Day Trip Santo Antão, highlights, from São Vicente, 11h

5. Day Trip Santo Antão, highlights, from São Vicente, 11h

Only an hour by ferry from São Vicente, yet this green Paradise Island boasts of lush agricultural farming, mountain peaks, valleys, charming villages, combined with the hardworking spirit, and simplicity of the people and culture which cannot be justified by words, but must be taken in by your encounter! Most of our agriculture comes from Santo Antão, also our local Grogue rum is produced here, we will visit a distillery. Santo Antão is an Island you MUST EXPERIENCE you will remember it a lifetime!

Paúl hike, the green garden

6. Paúl hike, the green garden

We will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Paul Valley, the trails will pass through valleys and hills, fields of crops and agriculture and waterfalls, you will discover breathtaking landscapes that only exist here, this is one of the trails most sought after by travelers on the island. at the end of the trail you will still taste a traditional cape verde lunch and try it, visit a distillery and taste the national drink of cape verde. 5 km 350 m up 600 m down

Santo Antão: Remote Mountain Villages Hike

7. Santo Antão: Remote Mountain Villages Hike

See Cape Verde from stunning heights and visit the remote villages along the way on this 3-hour hike throughout the lush mountainside. Start with a visit to the tiny mountain village of Corda and enjoy photo stops along the route.  Kick off the hike with a steep descent down a wide cobbled path and take in the views of the many cultivated agricultural terraces high above. Next, eperience a perspective that most tourists don’t come across with a visit to one of the most remote villages on the island of Santo Antão, Figueiral de Cima. Continue along the rows of sugar cane and papaya trees to the village of Terrinha Vermelha. Marvel at the views of the valleys below and pass small houses with an authentic Cape Verdean touch. End your tour in Coculi, surrounded by towering palm trees.

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