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Praia or Cidade Velha: Monte Tchota to Pico D’Antónia Trek

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Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

Praia or Cidade Velha: Monte Tchota to Pico D’Antónia Trek

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 92.39 per person

Explore the diversity of Monte Txota Natural Park and the surrounding area on this trek. Climb Pico D'Antónia, the highest point of Santiago Island, and enjoy extraordinary views of almost all Santiago's cities and two more of Cape Verde's Islands.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup included
Please wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Your driver will be holding a sign with your last name on it. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes past the scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Trek through the spectacular Monte Txota Natural Park
  • Admire panoramic views from the highest point on the island
  • See Maio Island and the Volcano of Fogo Island in the distance, weather permitting
Full description
Your day begins with the drive to Rui Vaz, where your trek starts. Then climb through the Natural Park of Monte Txota. Located at an altitude of 800 meters and with its own micro-climate, this is one of the coolest places on the island with lots of biodiversity. Then, continue on towards the Pico D'Antónia. With an elevation of 1394 meters, this is the highest point of Santiago Island. When you get close to the top you will enjoy panoramic views of the São Jorge Valley, and possibly Maio Island and Fogo Island Volcano, weather permitting. Your trek will take about 5 to 6-hours, with a stop for a small picnic and views of beautiful landscapes along the way. The route will end with the return to the Monte Txota Natural Park and the ride back to your hotel.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Praia or São Jorge dos Órgãos
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish)
  • Liability insurance
  • Picnic (soft juice + sandwich + fruit)
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with respiratory issues

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sun hat
    • Drinks
    • Hiking shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Know before you go

    • Trail Distance: +/- 9 km
    • Total Walking Duration: +/- 4 - 5 hours
    • Degree of difficulty: Difficult
    • Elevation gain: +/- 660 m
    • Elevation loss: -/+ 1280 m
    • Max Elevation: +/- 1400 m
    • Min Elevation: +/- 485 m
    • Trail type: One Way
    • Path quality: tilty, narrow.
    • Shared Group Trek option is subject to a minimum of 2 participants. In the event that the minimum number is not met, we reserve the right to propose an alternative date; to charge an extra fee to run the tour privately or to cancel a customer's booking for a full refund.
    • Trekking shoes and walking sticks are strongly recommended for this trek as there are trails where it will be necessary to do level 1 climbing.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 4 reviews

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    Alles was prima geregeld! Gids Alfonso was echt een topper en hield rekening met het tempo (dat niet altijd even hoog lag) De tocht opzich was niet zo heel zwaar, maar door de warme temperaturen toch niet te onderschatten en zeer vermoeiend. Top geregeld, mooie wandeling! Echt de moeite waard en prachtige uitzichten!

    August 27, 2022

    Wonderful landscapes ! Attention ⚠ it's more than hiking. To reach Pico Antonia we do level 1 climbing. Much of the trail is steep, difficult if you are prone to vertigo. It remains a wonderful excursion with beautiful landscapes and a discovery of exceptional vegetation. I recommend.

    November 19, 2022

    Product ID: 344566