Santiago: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Visit to Cidade Velha

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

Santiago: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Visit to Cidade Velha

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 79.89 per person

Enjoy a 3-hour trek in the Green Valley with a local guide. Admire the lush vegetation, then explore the history of the first city built by Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa. Discover the former slave market of Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Duration 4 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. The driver will be holding a sign with your last name on it. The driver will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Walk through dense tropical vegetation in the beautiful Calabaceira Valley
  • Visit a local rum distillary at the heart of intact nature rich in local fauna and flora
  • Explore all the highlights of Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the former slave market, Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and more
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description
After being collected from your accommodation in Praia, depart toward the small village of Calabaceira. Start your 3-hour hike from the top of the valley, with an oasis of vast vegetation emerging in its interior. Follow a simple and accessible trail for any hiker, and explore the green valley famous for both its baobab trees mentioned by Charles Darwin and its use as an escape route for slaves during slavery. Next, discover the local fauna and flora, and have the opportunity to experience the production of a local rum-making distillery. There, get in touch with local farmers and their agricultural fields of sugar cane, mango trees, cassava, banana, and more. Arrive in Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the São Francisco Convent, Banana Street, and Nossa Senhora do Rosário church. Have a break for lunch and savor local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. After lunch, visit the former slave market, the ruins of the Sé Catedral, and the Royal Fortress of São Filipe. From the top, enjoy a beautiful view over the whole old town and find out about the system of defense used against pirates. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Praia
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Liability insurance
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee (€5 for Fortress)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

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  • Please be ready for pickup in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before the activity starts
  • Please bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, water, a hat, and sunscreen
  •  Extension: 4500 meters
  •  Descent: 300 meters
  • The total walking duration is 2 hours and the total distance is approximately 5 km. The route is at a medium tilt and is narrow at the beginning. The elevation gain is approximately 3 meters and the elevation loss is approximately 186 meters. Max elevation is about 200 meters and minimum elevation is about 14 meters. The trail is one way and is an easy difficulty
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Sehr schöne Route mit tollen Guides. Kann man nur empfehlen !

October 15, 2021


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