Day trip

Santiago: Trekking Rui Vaz, Longueira, and Botanical Garden

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours
Day trip

Santiago: Trekking Rui Vaz, Longueira, and Botanical Garden

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 86.23 per person

Meet the locals and see the local flora and fauna. Enjoy the panoramic views and beautiful landscapes.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Explore Rui Vaz Village and meet the locals
  • See endemic plants, animals and some bird species in danger of extinction
  • Visit a local rum distillery and primary school
  • Take stunning photos of the São Jorge Valley and Pico D'Antónia mountain
  • Admire Maio Island and visit the only botanical garden in the country
Full description
Start your trek from the Village of Rui Vaz, from about 800 meters altitude, where you will have the opportunity to experience direct contact with the locals. There, get in touch with local farmers and learn about their agricultural practices growing sugar cane, mango trees, cassava, banana and more.  From the Rui Vaz you can enjoy a panoramic view of the São Jorge Valley, and Pico D'Antónia mountain, the highest point on the island of Santiago. Take the opportunity to admire Maio Island.  Visiting the rum-making distillery and primary school in Longueira village. Enjoy 4 hours of walking with a stop for a small picnic and panoramic views of beautiful landscapes. Finish your journey on the only botanical garden in the country that preserves some endemic plants of Cape Verde.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Liability insurance
  • Picnic
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Trail Distance: +/- 4 km
  • Total Walking Duration: +/- 2 hours
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation gain: +/- 150 m
  • Elevation loss: -/+ 380 m
  • Max Elevation: +/- 779 m
  • Min Elevation: +/- 440 m
  • Trail type: One Way
  • Path quality: Medium tilt, narrow and safe.
  • 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.

Product ID: 353876