From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach
- 8 hours
- Small group
- Pickup available
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This is one of the best day tours I've ever taken. Of course it's nice to get to take a tour of the island, but the highlight was our guides Admilson and Ailton sharing so much of the local culture. Admilson took us to his childhood home, where his mother made us more cuscuz and fidjós than we could eat. He told us about his family's background, in relationship to the history of the island, which helped give us some insight into the history and culture of Cabo Verde. Ailton took us on an impromptu visit into a local school, where we got to meet some of the children and listen to them sing. And when we went to the Rabelados village, everyone came out to see Admilson, who the kids referred to as their godfather. Everywhere we went on the island, they knew the locals, and it felt like we were welcome guests instead of tourists. I hope that I can travel with them again when I come back someday to visit the other islands. Obrigado!
Our guide Maria and driver Sonny picked us up on time at the meeting point. We were the only participants on the tour, the vehicle was a clean car. The first stop was Mrs. Luisa's house, where the traditional Cape Verdean breakfast from Cuscuz and Fidjós was prepared for us. Thank you for the hospitality and the breakfast that kept us full until the afternoon! Maria speaks good English and told us a lot of interesting facts about the country and its people. During a police check, she remained confident and calm, even when we had to wait for another car to continue our journey. Local fishermen were just arriving on Tarrafal beach and selling their catch directly from the boat. Tarrafal really is a dream beach frequented by both locals and tourists! It was great to unwind there for an hour! This tour is highly recommended to get a taste of life in Santiago. Maria/Milda, thank you for the nice day!!
The beginning of the excursion got off to a very good start, the guides Aylton & Djibril are full of energy and good humor. The stop at Mami Luzia was our crush ♥️ . Guitarist Gustavo and Mami Luiza's cooking demonstration was great! We ate well and learned a lot. Dance, joy and good humor. The program of the day is well thought out, the landscapes are breathtaking, and there are stops dedicated to taking your photos. The guides supervise us and offer us the best spots. A good atmosphere guaranteed throughout the day. A big thank you to Djibril & Aylton you are brilliant and without forgetting the driver who knew how to accompany us throughout our circuit. Your turn !
We had a great an very special time. The guides are very professional, they know how to adapt to your needs and preferences and they always do their best to assure you have a wonderful time. After this first excursion we booked the rest of the days with them and it was an excellent investment. This full day trip is perfect to explore the island and discover what Santiago has to offer, you get a bit of everything, culture, nature, beach, local cusine… We just had an amazing day! We are experienced travelers and we’ve booked many trips and guides all over the world. This guys are just great, we strongly recomend them!
YOU CANT MISS THIS! incredible tour with the best tourist guide. We met Luisa who made us a delicious tipical cape verdian breakfast , and then we visit all the most interesting places of Santiago. Truly, the best. Garcia knows very well the history of the country and he explains it sooo good. You won’t regret. “Life is good” Thank you very much Admilson!!!