Paúl Valley
Santo Antão Island

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Active Experience

Individual Hiking Tour

Pure hiking – far away from the tourism.

On foot, experience the nature of Cape Verde and the life of the Cape Verdeans. Would you like to move around, are you fond of nature and enjoy spending pleasant nights in small mountain villages? Then this is the right place for you. Aimed at active travellers who want to discover the country ‘on their own’. With didactic guidebooks to replace the guide, the trip allows you plenty of freedom to experience the country at your own pace. Guidance for self-discovery – tried and tested and at the same time good value for money. We will arrange the framework – accommodation and transfers, flight and ferry – for you, and let you enjoy it undisturbed.

It is bookable throughout the year at the date of your choice!

All meals included are marked as follows:
B=Breakfast; PL=Packed Lunch; CB=Coffee break; L=Lunchtime; D=Dinner

Level of difficulty of the hikes:
1=Very easy 2=Easy; 3=Medium difficulty; 4=Advanced; 5=Guide required

Information about the manuals:
The hikes with manuals you undertake on your own. Before starting your trip, you will get a detailed description of the trail for each hike, along with a map with the indicated route. The necessary transfers and luggage transfers will be organised for you.

Day 1: SANTIAGO – Arrival and Cidade Velha

Santiago Cidadevelha Fort
Fort in Cidade Velha, Santiago Island

After arriving at Santiago airport, there will be a transfer to your accommodation in the historic town of Cidade Velha, its first settlement and former capital of the archipelago, as well as historic sites dating back to the times of the great seafarers.

Services Included:

  • Transfer Airport – Accommodation
  • ACCOM/DBL Hotel Quinta da Ribeirinha, Cidade Velha


Day 2: SANTIAGO – The Green Valley Ribeira Grande

Ribeira Grande Santiago
Ribeira Grande Valley, Santiago Island

In the morning, the green valley of Ribeira Grande is the focus of attention. Using your roadbook, you set off on a hike through the dry riverbed. You’ll pass sugar cane, mango trees, and baobabs along the way. Even bird lovers will get their money’s worth because the Cape Verdean kingfisher likes the valley. On the way back to Cidade Velha, you will visit the old fort, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the old island’s capital. You then drive to Rui Vaz, where you check into the Mountain Lodge. Located on the edge of a national park, it offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy the high-quality cuisine, which is largely based on ingredients from the lodge’s own organic garden.

Services Included:

  • Hiking manual // approx. 3 hours // +/- 200m // level 2-3
  • Packed Lunch
  • Admission: Fort
  • All transfers according to the program, including luggage
  • ON/ DBL and dinner at Quinta da Montanha or similar


Day 3: SANTIAGO – Around the Quinta

Rui Vaz Santiago
Mountains near Rui Vaz, Santiago Island

With the help of your roadbook, today’s hike takes you downhill from Rui Vaz to São Jorge. Time and again you have a breathtaking view of the highest mountain on the island, Pico da Antónia. Along rock formations and a path lined with corn and bean fields as well as agaves, you will finally reach São Jorge, where you will visit the botanical garden. You will then drive to Praia and check into centrally located accommodation on the plateau, the historic centre of the capital. On foot, you can reach the market as well as numerous shops, restaurants, and bars.

Services Included:

  • Hiking manual // approx. 2 hours // +/- 500m // level 2-3
  • Packed Lunch
  • All transfers according the program, including luggage
  • ACCOM/DB L Ho tel Santa Maria, or similar

(B /PL/- )

Day 4: SANTIAGO – SÃO VICENTE – Journey towards the Cultural Capital

Saovicente Rua Da Praia 1
Street in Mindelo, São Vicente

From your accommodation, transfer to Santiago airport. Arriving at São Vicente airport after the domestic flight, you will be met by your driver who will take you to your accommodation in the centre of the colonial port city of Mindelo. It is within walking distance of the vegetable market and many shops, restaurants, and bars.

Services Included:

  • Transfert accommodation – airport (Santiago)
  • Flight Santiago > São Vicente
  • Transfert airport – accommodation (São Vicente)
  • ACCOM/DBL Residencial Ché Guevara

(B /- /- )

Day 5: SÃO VICENTE – Lively harbour city

"Laginha" Beach in Mindelo

Begin the day with an exploration of the colonial port city of Mindelo. Be enchanted by the lively markets and historic squares. In the afternoon, we recommend a stay at the beautiful city beach Laginha.

Services Included:

  • City Walk Manual
  • ACCOM/DBL Residencial Ché Guevara


Day 6: SANTO ANTÃO – Descent to the valley of Caibros

Santo Antao Streetwebp
View of the mountains to the north of Santo Antão

You’ll take the ferry from São Vicente to Santo Antão, with your driver waiting for you. You will then drive up from Porto Novo on the old trade road to Espongeiro, from where the first hike begins. Starting from the plateau with eagle views of almost untouched mountain scenery, you will embark on a grandiose descent to Caibros, an agricultural area in terraced cultivation. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to be offered goat’s cheese along the way, a typical product of the local area. You’ll then stay the night in a family-run accommodation in Caibros, where a traditional dinner will be served.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – Port (São Vicente)
  • Ferry São Vicente – Santo Antão
  • Transfer Harbour – starting point of the hike
  • Hike to Caibros // approx. 5 hours // 14.5 km // +400 m / – 1,350 m // level 3
  • luggage transfer
  • Packed Lunch and dinner
  • ACCOM/DBL in guesthouse Casa Zeca, Caibros


Day 7: SANTO ANTÃO – To Chã de Igreja

Santo Antao Terpitche
Traditional sugar cane press

We will bring your main luggage to the accommodation that you will spend the night in on the next day’s journey. After breakfast, you will start your way and first climb about 500 metres in altitude. Time and again you will enjoy the view of the mighty Ribeira Grande valley. Once you have crossed the pass, you will continue the hike on an old mule trail and descend to the village of Mocho. You will then continue to Chã de Igreja, where the next family guesthouse awaits you (overnight stay without main luggage).

Services Included:

  • Hike to Chã de Igreja // approx. 4 hours // 8.9 km // + 850 m / – 1100 m // level 3
  • luggage transfer to accommodation of day 8
  • Lunch and dinner
  • ON/DBL in guesthouse Casa Mité&Banana, Cha d´Igreja


Day 8: SANTO ANTÃO – Along the coast

Fontainhas Santo Antao
Mountain village Fontainhas, Santo Antão

Enjoy one of the most spectacular hikes in the archipelago today: along the bizarre cliffs from Chã de Igreja to the northernmost point of Cape Verde, enjoying the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the coast. Before reaching your destination, you will pass the picturesquely situated village of Fontainhas with its numerous small field terraces. You will spend the night in the friendly fishing village of Ponta do Sol.

Services Included:

  • Hike to Ponta do Sol // approx. 6 hours // 18 km // +/- 1000 m // level 3
  • Packed lunch
  • ACCOM/DBL Casa d’Mar, or similar, Ponta do Sol


Day 9: SANTO ANTÃO – Ponta do Sol

Cape Verde Card Player
Card players on Santo Antão

When you have completed the first three hikes on Santo Antão, let your experiences be reflected upon and relax. Or would you like to start walking after all? It is entirely your day.

Services Included:

  • ACCOM/DBL Casa d’Mar, or similar, Ponta do Sol


Optional excursion: Canyoning
Do you feel like spending an extraordinary day? If that is the case the Canyoning-Adventure in breathtaking waterfalls is waiting for you. The landscape, tropical plants, the smell of sugar cane, water and rocks provide the perfect decor and it is right here where you will challenge your heart, overcome your weaknesses and create unforgettable moments for years to come.

Services Included: in optional excursion:

  • guided excursion with Canyoning specialist
  • Canyoning equipment
  • Transfers
  • Lunch

Day 10: SANTO ANTÃO – The Green Paúl Valley

Paul Valley View
Paúl Valley, Santo Antão

Start your hike with a transfer to the starting point. The trail today takes you through spectacular mountain scenery and tropical vegetation. You will pass sugar cane and banana fields and discover mango and papaya trees. After these pleasant hours, you will enjoy the national dish of Cape Verde in the middle of the valley: Cachupa, a rich bean stew. You will spend the night in Cidade das Pombas.

Services Included:

  • Transfer Hotel – Paúl valley (luggage included)
  • Hiking manual // approx. 3 hours // +/- 250m // level 2-3
  • Lunch
  • ACCOM/DBL Aldeia Jerome, or similar


Day 11: SANTO ANTÃO – The Ribeira da Torre Valley

Mountains Santo Antao 2
Mountains around Ribeira da Torre Valley, Santo Antão

We continue along the old trade route to the starting point of today’s hike. It leads through a fertile valley, full of vegetation and small fields. On this last day of hiking in Cape Verde, enjoy the simple life and the friendly people of Santo Antão.

Services Included:

  • Hiking manual // approx. 3 hrs // – 1000m // level 2-3
  • Packed lunch
  • All transfers according to the program
  • ACCOM/DBL Aldeia Jerome, or similar


Day 12: SANTO ANTÃO – SÃO VICENTE – Lively port city or nearby beach?

Mindelo Portarina 1
Mindelo Port, São Vicente

Back in São Vicente today. After breakfast, your driver will take you to Porto Novo. From there you will take the ferry back to São Vicente where you will check into your guesthouse from days 4/5. Enjoy the impressions of the trip, the lively harbour town or relax on the nearby city beach.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – Porto Novo by shared taxi (Santo Antão )
  • Ferry Santo Antão – São Vicente
  • Transfer port – accommodation (São Vicente)
  • ACCOM/DBL Residencial Ché Guevara

Tag 13: SÃO VICENTE- Departure

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – airport


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Who we are:

We have been organising trips to the Cape Verde Islands for more than 15 years with a German/Cape Verdean team of almost 20 people. Together with our drivers and guides, we work hand in hand on all nine inhabited islands of the archipelago. Looking forward to a trip organised by people who know the local area inside out and also have a lot of fun at work.

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What you can expect from us:

  • Competent advice on planning your trip
  • Consideration of your individual wishes when creating the travel offer
  • Carefully selected accommodation and drivers
  • Qualified English speaking guides
  • Varied excursions
  • Detailed travel documents
  • A 24-hour service number on-site during your trip

Services Included in the price:

  • Domestic flight Santiago – São Vicente incl. taxes and fees
  • Ferry São Vicente > Santo Antão > São Vicente
  • 12 nights in a double room with breakfast including accommodation tax
  • Other meals: 2x lunch, 5x packed lunch, 3x dinner
  • 8 manuals for the described excursions and hikes
  • All Airport, port and other transfers as per itinerary
  • Travel documents

Services Not Included:

  • Airport tax (3,400 ECV or €31)
  • International flights.
    *You are welcome to book your international flights through us: With TAP Air Portugal, from an airport near you.

Prices valid until 30.04.2025

Price per person in a double room: 1,160 EUR
We offer this trip for a minimum of two people.
Optional excursion: Canyoning: Price based on 2 people: 110 EUR / person

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