Travel Program Cape Verde Highlights Hiking-Roundtrip over 5 Cabo Verde Islands – fascinating nature, hiking, beach and culture
Day 1, Sat: Via Sal (SID) or Lisbon (LIS) to Sao Vicente (VXE). Arrival at the island of Sao Vicente, transfer to hotel and overnight in the harbor town Mindelo.
Day 2, Sun: Island Tour in Sao Vicente. Enjoy the view from Monte Verde, the island’s highest elevation and have a refreshing swim in a sheltered bay.
Overnight in Mindelo.
Day 3, Mon: Ferry to Santo Antao and transfer up into the mountains. Hike through the Cova Crater and down into the Paul Valley (- 700 m, + 150 m, 3.5 h).
Dinner / B & B in a private pension in Paul.
Day 4, Tue: Hike through the tropical green Valley of Paul. (+ / – 450 m, 4 hours walking time, can be extended to 6 hours). Dinner/breakfast in Paul Valley.
Day 5: Wed: Hike on an old donkey path from Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha, along the cliffs of the north coast. (+ / – 800 m, 5 h)
Day 6, Thu: Day off in Ponta do Sol. Watch the local fishermen when they bring in their catch, or enjoy a relaxing massage.
Day 7, Fri: Scenic mountain climb from the Ribeira to the Highlands. You will enjoy many spectacular views and walk in diverse landscapes (+1300 m, 5 h).
Dinner / BB Local Hotel in Porto Novo.
Day 8, Sat: Ferry to Mindelo and guided tour around the charming colonial style town. Learn about its interesting history, visit the market and the fish market and enjoy some coffee in a unique local bar. City Hotel in Mindelo.
Day 9, Sun: Flight to the island of Santiago. Today you hike through the former slave valley of Ribeira Grande. Your destination is the small coastal town of Cidade Velha, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of the Cape Verde Islands. The small coastal town has been a center of Portuguese slavery for centuries. (- 250 m, 2.5 h). B & B in a nice hotel with pool in Cidade Velha.
Day 10, Mon: Visit to the capital Praia, plateau and African market. BB in Cidade Velha
Day 11, Tue: Flight to the island of Fogo, transfer to Cha das Caldeiras and hike over the new volcano crater of the Pico Pequenho, which broke out in 2014. (+/- 280 m, 3.5h). Dinner/ B&B in private accommodation in the National Park at the foot of “Pico de Fogo”.
Day 12, Wed: Early morning ascent to the volcano “Pico de Fogo” (2.829m a.s.l.). As from a huge dune, we glide back down through the volcanic ashes. Lunch and dinner included. (+/- 1,100 m, 6 hours walking time).
Day 13, Thu: Descent to Mosteiros on the north cost of Fogo. We cross acacia woodland, sisal agaves, orange and coffee plantations. Interesting ride along the coast, past lava flows, to Sao Filipe. BB guesthouse in Sao Filipe.
Day 14, Fri: Flight to Sal, overnight at Santa Maria.
Day 15, Sat: Time to relax or take a hike along the beautiful, long sandy beach of Santa Maria. You may use your room until departure. Late in the evening, transfer to the airport (Feel like a beach extension…?)
Day 16, Sun: Arrival at home