Program Cabo Verde Islands of Dreams – Hiking & Beach
Day 1 Arrival at Sal airport and transfer to your small hotel in Santa Maria, 5-7 minute walk to the sandy beach. Bed/Breakfast.
Day 2 Flight to Sao Vicente. Private guided tour of Mindelo (approx 3 hrs.). Afternoon at leisure or optional sightseeing tour on the island. (Extra). Overnight in a small city hotel in the harbour town of Mindelo. Your guide can recommend you a place for dinner with Capeverdean live music.
Day 3 Ferry to Santo Antao (1 hr. Crossing). Hike through the Cova Crater and subsequent descent into the valley of Paul (3.5 h, + 150 m, – 700 m). The Valley of Paul is certainly one of the most beautiful valleys of Cabo Verde islands. Lunch included. Dinner and overnight stay in private accommodation in the seaside village of Paul.
Day 4 Beautiful hike on trails and paths between tropical vegetation and thatched cottages, in the green valley of Paul. (4 h, +/- 450 hm). After the hike, lunch in a restaurant with typical local products (lunch included). Dinner and overnight in private accommodation in the coastal village of Paul.
Day 5 After breakfast, transfer to your next accomodation in the fishing village of Ponta do Sol, at the northeastern tip of the island. Hike on a donkey trail over the cliffs of the north coast. (about 3.5 h, +/- 350 hm). Enjoy fresh local fish for dinner! Private accommodation with sea views in the fishing village of Ponta do Sol.
Day 6 Today, you do as the locals and just take time for leisure: in the morning you can watch the fishermen bring in their catch. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing massage (included).
Day 7 Beautiful hike over two valleys of the Ribeira Grande (3 h, +/- 350 hm). Picnic included. Then transfer to Porto Novo in the south of the island. Dinner and overnight in Hotel ****.
Day 8 Times ago, water was abundant in the nowadays dry south of Santo Antão – as the dry river-system of Ribeira das Patas witnesses. From there, a trail leads up to the hidden valley of Altomira. (3.5 hours + 250 m, – 400 m or vice versa). After this walk there to say goodbye to Santo Antão, the ferry brings us back to São Vicente. Overnight in Hotel in Mindelo.
Day 9 Transfer to Sao Vicente airport and flight to Sal.
Variant SAL: 6 nights in Santa Maria, with breakfast included in a small hotel near the beach or in self catering apartment first line to the beach. Santa Maria is famous for its huge sandy beach, more than 5 kilometers long. There are beach restaurants and bars as well as some nice open air music and dancing bars for the evening.
Day 12 Possibility of a private excursion to the Salinas in the volcanic crater of “Pedra Lume” (swimming like in the “Dead Sea”) and to Shark Bay, the kindergarten of baby lemon sharks.
Day 15, Transfer to Sal airport (SID) for your international flight home. Good-bye Cabo Verde Islands!
- Variation BOA VISTA: Day 1-9 identical
Day 9 Morning transfer to airport for flight to Sal and overnight stay in a small hotel in Santa Maria.
Day 10 Flight to Boa Vista and 5 nights/breakfast in a small hotel or guesthouse directly on the beautiful, large sandy beach in the sheltered bay of Sal Rei – just a few minutes to the town center. – Leisure at the beach – interesting excursions are offered on site
Day 15 Transfer to the airport Boa Vista (BVC) for your international flight home