Pico de Fogo,
Fogo Island

Pico Island Fogo Pico Island Fogo

Fogo and Santo Antão

Individual Hiking Tour

On this hiking tour, you will explore the volcanic landscape of the island of Fogo and the green mountains of the island of Santo Antão. After a first impression of Cape Verde on the island of Santiago, you will climb the volcano Pico do Fogo on the island of Fogo, explore the green north of the island on foot and visit the friendly island capital São Filipe. Visit the island’s capital São Filipe. On Santo Antão you can hike through the diverse island landscape. On day tours from accommodation to accommodation, you will see spectacular mountains, green valleys and rugged coasts. Enjoy the warmth of the people you will meet on your trails.

If you’d rather leave your hiking boots at home, this trip is also available as a round trip with excursions by car.

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

Day 1: Santiago – Arrival in Cape Verde

Market Santiago
Vegetable market in Praia, Santiago Island

When you arrive at Santiago airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the capital, Praia. Your hotel is on the plateau, which is the historic centre of the town. From here you can easily find the vegetable market and numerous shops, restaurants, and bars on foot.

Services Included:

  • Transfer Airport – Accommodation
  • ACCOM/ DBL Hotel Santa Maria, Praia


Day 2: SANTIAGO – The Ribeira Grande Valley and Cidade Velha

Ribeira Grande Santiago
Ribeira Grande Valley, Santiago Island

(Hike in the valley of Ribeira Grande // approx. 2 hours // – 200m // level 2)

With your guide, you will drive to Calabaceira, which is the starting point of your first hike. Here you descend into the green valley of Ribeira Grande, before the path takes you through the dry riverbed, past sugar cane, mango trees and baobabs. Later on, you will get to know Cidade Velha, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first capital of the country. Then you visit the fort and take a walk through the small town.

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Guided city walk incl. entrance fee fort
  • Transfers
  • Packed lunch
  • ACCOM/ DBL Hotel Santa Maria, Praia


Day 3: To FOGO – Up to the crater

Fogo Caldeira
Caldeira Crater, Fogo Island

Take the bus to Santiago airport and a short flight to the neighbouring island of Fogo. After arriving there, you will make your way to the famous volcanic crater: by car, it is a serpentine drive past small villages, hilly country and lava formations up to an altitude of 1,700m. In this spectacular area, you will spend the night. You will stay overnight in this spectacular area.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation- airport (Santiago)
  • Flight Santiago – Fogo
  • Transfer airport – crater (Fogo)
  • Dinner
  • ACCOM/ DBL Casa David & Zenita, Chã das Caldeiras


Day 4: FOGO – The Great Pico

Crater Pico Fogo
Crater from Pico de Fogo

(Ascent of Pico do Fogo // approx. 5 hours // +/- 1,000m // level 4)

You will have a candlelit breakfast before setting off early to climb Pico de Fogo, which is the highest point in Cape Verde. The lava crunches under your soles with every step. Before the sun, you climb up the mountain and can watch your rise from the heights. Successively, all the volcanoes in the crater will shine at you. Reaching the top, you will see some of the Cape Verde Islands if the weather is good. Then comes the “descent” through the lava ash. What fun…
We are pleased to offer you an easier alternative hike.

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Packed lunch and dinner
  • ACCOM/ DBL Casa David & Zenita, Chã das Caldeiras


Day 5: FOGO – Through the forest to the north

Fogo Forest
Forested north of Fogo Island

(Hike Crater – Pai António // approx. 5hrs // + 200m / – 1300m // level 3)

You will leave the crater today and hike almost to sea level. The way is quite long and steep, but you’ll be rewarded with the scent of the forests, the constant view of the sea and fascinating varied landscapes. In addition, you will pass coffee plantations. In Pai Antonia, you will be picked up by our driver and drive to the island capital São Filipe. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to swim in natural sea pools at Salinas (weather permitting).

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Lunch pack
  • Luggage transfer and transfer to São Filipe
  • ACCOM/ DBL Pension Belavista, Sao Filipe


Day 6: FOGO – Island capital São Filipe

Cape Verde Islands Fogo Sao Filipe
City of São Filipe, Fogo Island

With your roadbook in English, you will discover the friendly island capital of the fire island of Fogo. You will be captivated by the colonial, small-town charm of São Filipe: it doesn’t matter whether you pass quiet, well-kept squares or historic stately homes – the appeal of the place is hard to resist.

Services Included:

  • Roadbook for the city walk
  • ACCOM/ DBL Pension Belavista, Sao Filipe



Mindelo Portarina 1
Port of Mindelo, São Vicente Island

Continue with a short transfer to Fogo airport and fly via Santiago to Sao Vicente. Arriving at the airport, your driver will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the centre of the colonial port city of Mindelo, where the historic centre and nearby restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – airport (Fogo)
  • Flight Fogo – São Vicente (via Santiago)
  • Transfer airport – accommodation (São Vicente)
  • ACCOM/ DBL Residencial Ché Guevara


Day 8: Nach SANTO ANTÃO – From the plateau to the valley

Paul Valley View 1
View of the Paúl Valley, Santo Antão

(Hike to Caibros // approx. 5 hours // 14.5 km // +400 m / – 1,350 m // level 3)

You’ll take the ferry from São Vicente to Santo Antão and be greeted by your guide upon arrival at the port. On the old trade road from Porto Novo you drive up to Espongeiro, where you begin the first hike on this spectacular mountain island. Starting from the plateau, you will embark on a grandiose descent with breathtaking views of the landscape time and again. Along the way, you may be lucky enough to be offered goat’s cheese, a typical product of the local area. You will spend the night in a family-run guesthouse in Coculi.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – port (São Vicente)
  • Ferry São Vicente – Santo Antão
  • All transfers on Santo Antão
  • Guided hike
  • Packed lunch and dinner
  • ACCOM/ DBL Casa Pedrina, Coculi


Day 9: SANTO ANTAO – Hike to the village of the church

Mountains Santo Antao
Mountains near Coculi, Santo Antão Island

(Hike to Chã de Igreja // approx. 4hrs // 8.9 km // + 85 m / – 1100m // level 3)

We will bring your main luggage to the accommodation where you will spend the night the following day. You will set off with your guide after breakfast and first climb approx. 500 metres in altitude. Time and again you will enjoy the view of the mighty Ribeira Grande valley. After crossing the pass, you continue the hike on the old mule track and descend to the village of Mocho. You then continue to Chã der Igreja, where the next hospitable guesthouse awaits you (overnight stay without main luggage).

Services Included:

  • Hike to Chã de Igreja
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Transfer and luggage transfer to accommodation on the next day of travel
  • ACCOM/ DBL Casa Mité, Chã de Igreja


Day 10: SANTO ANTÃO – Along the cliff coast

Steep Coast Santo Antao
Cliffs during the hike to Ponta do Sol, Santo Antão

(Hike to Ponta do Sol // approx. 6 hours // 18km // +/- 1000m // level 3)

Explore one of the most spectacular hikes in the archipelago: alongside the bizarre cliffs from Chã de Igreja to Ponta do Sol, enjoying the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the coast. Shortly before your destination, however, you will pass the picturesquely situated village of Fontainhas with its numerous small field terraces. Stay in the pleasant fishing village of Ponta do Sol.

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Packed lunch
  • BB Guesthouse Casa d’ Mar, Ponta do Sol


Day 11: SANTO ANTÃO – In the greenest valley of the island

Santo Antao Paul
View of the Paúl Valley, Santo Antão

(Hike in the Paúl Valley// approx. 4hrs // +/- 250 m // level 2-3)

With your guide you drive from Ponta do Sol to the greenest valley of Cape Verde, the Paúl Valley. On the next hike, you will pass through spectacular mountain scenery and tropical vegetation. You’ll pass sugar cane and banana fields and discover mango and papaya trees. After these lovely hours, you will enjoy the national dish of Cape Verde, Cachupa, which is served in the middle of the valley, before heading to Vila das Pombas.

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Transfer
  • Lunch
  • ACCOM/ DBL Guesthouse Aldeia Jerome, Vila das Pombas


Day 12: SANTO ANTÃO – Relaxation in Cidade das Pombas

Cidade Das Pombas Santo Antao
Cidade das Pombas, Santo Antão Island

Today is at leisure.

Services Included:

  • ACCOM/ DBL Guesthouse Aldeia Jerome, Vila das Pombas


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 13: Back to SÃO VICENTE – Mindelo

Saovicente Rua Da Praia 1
Street in Mindelo, São Vicente Island

In the morning, you will take the shared taxi to the port of Porto Novo, where you will return to São Vicente by ferry. Then you will explore – together with your roadbook – the colonial port city of Mindelo. Be enchanted by the lively markets and historic squares.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – port by shared taxi (Santo Antão)
  • Ferry Santo Antao – Sao Vicente
  • Transfer Port – accommodation (São Vicente)
  • Roadbook for the city walk
  • ACCOM/ DBL Residencial Ché Guevara


Day 14: SAO VICENTE – Back to Europe

Transfer to São Vicente airport. We wish you a safe journey home.

IServices Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – airport (São Vicente)


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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 flights Santiago – Fogo – São Vicente incl. taxes and fees
  • Ferry São Vicente – Santo Antão – São Vicente
  • 13 nights in a double room with breakfast including accommodation tax
  • Other meals: 5x packed lunch, 2x lunch, 4x dinner
  • Programme as described: 7x hike with a guide, 1x city tour with a guide,
    2x city tour with road book; for your information: guides are English-speaking.
  • 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: 1,640 EUR
Price for single travellers in a single room: 2,640 EUR

Optional excursion:
Price based on 2 people: 110 EUR / person

Changes and errors excepted.

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