Pico de Fogo,
Fogo Island

Pico Fogo Cape Verde Pico Fogo Cape Verde

The South of the archipelago

Individual Hiking Tour

Santiago, Fogo und Maio

On this hiking and recreation tour, you will visit the islands of Santiago and Fogo in the south and the bathing island of Maio, which remains an insider’s tip to this day. First of all, you visit the main island of Santiago. There you will hike in the two mountain ranges and also through the green valley, which is connected to the former capital Cidade Velha. On city walks you will also gain insights into the current and historical capital of the country. The neighbouring island of Fogo offers an intensive walking tour of the spectacular crater area around the country’s highest mountain. Also, a stay in the friendly island capital São Filipe is not missing. When the active days are over, you can round off your holiday on the sandy and bathing island of Maio.

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: Arrival in Cape Verde

Street vendors in Praia, Santiago Island

You arrive at Santiago airport and transfer to your accommodation, which is located in the centre of the capital Praia. You can easily reach numerous shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance from here.

Services Included:

  • Transfer airport – accommodation
  • ACCOM/DBL Hotel Santa Maria, Praia

(-/-/-)

Day 2: Praia and Cidade Velha / The Green Valley Ribeira Grande

Ribeira Grande Santiago
Ribeira Grande Valley, Santiago Island

First of all, your guide will show you the historical part of the capital Praia. While taking a guided walk on the plateau, you’ll visit the colonial-style main square and observe the lively hustle and bustle at the colourful fruit and vegetable market. You will then head to the African-inspired Sucupira market, which offers almost everything for sale.

Then, you will drive to Calabaceira, which is the starting point of your first hike. 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’ll get to know Cidade Velha, the first capital of the country. Visit the fort and take a walk through the small town. Then transfer to Rui Vaz, where you will move into your mountain lodge. Located on the edge of a national park, with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Most of the ingredients for the restaurant’s high-quality cuisine come from their own organic garden.

Services Included:

  • Two guided city walks
  • Guided hike
  • Admission: Fort
  • Transfers
  • Packed lunch and dinner
  • ACCOM/DBL Quinta da Montanha, Rui Vaz

(B/PL/D)

Day 3: From Rui Vaz to São Jorge

Rui Vaz Santiago
Mountains near Rui Vaz, Santiago Island

You will hike downhill from Rui Vaz to São Jorge with a manual today. Time and again you have a spectacular 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 visit the botanical garden. You will then drive back to your accommodation.

Services Included:

  • Hiking manual
  • Transfer
  • Packed lunch and dinner
  • ACCOM/DBL Quinta da Montanha, Rui Vaz

(B/PL/D)

Day 4: The Serra Malagueta

Serraalagueta Santiago Cape Verde2
Mountain landscape near Serra Malagueta, Santiago

Today, you will go to the Serra Malagueta, which will also impress you. Along your hiking tour, hills and mountains alternate with achadas, the lava plains. You will then drive to Tarrafal. The small town is located to the north of Santiago and offers a small, light-coloured sandy beach surrounded by palm trees.

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Packed lunch
  • Transfers
  • ACCOM/DBL Casa Strela, Tarrafal

(B/PL/-)

Day 5: Relaxation in Tarrafal

Island Santiago Tarrafal Beach
Beach in Tarrafal, Santiago Island

You can enjoy the time on the beach at Tarrafal. It is also a good idea to take a walk through the small town with its main square, church and historic town hall.

Services Included:

  • ACCOM/DBL Casa Strela, Tarrafal

(B/-/-)

Day 6: Santiago – Fogo

Cape Verde Islands Fogo Sao Filipe
São Filipe, Fogo Island

Transfer from Tarrafal to Santiago airport and a short flight to the neighbouring island of Fogo. There your driver will be waiting for you and take you to your accommodation, located in the heart of the island’s capital São Filipe. Explore the lovely town on your own. Experience the colonial, small-town charm of São Filipe with its well-kept squares and historic manor houses.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – airport (Santiago)
  • Flight Santiago – Fogo
  • Transfer airport – accommodation (Fogo)
  • ACCOM/DBL Pension Belavista, Sao Filipe

(B/-/-)

Day 7: Off to the crater!

Fogo Lavafields
Lava formations on the island of Fogo

In the morning, after breakfast, you will set off for the famous volcanic crater: by car, you will drive in serpentines past small villages, hilly country, isolated small herds and lava formations up to an altitude of 1,700 m. In the afternoon, your guide will show you the lava flows of various eruptions in the last decades – namely in 1951 and November 2014. Your guide will then take you on a hike to show you the lava flows of various eruptions that the crater has “experienced” in recent decades – namely 1951, 1995 and in November 2014. You’ll walk on the cooled lava fields and through the ruins of destroyed houses. Throughout the day, enjoy the energy that this mountain, 2,800 m above sea level, radiates and that will not let you go. You will spend two days in a family guesthouse in this spectacular area.

Services Included:

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

(B/PL/D)

Day 8: Climbing the volcano

Pico Island Fogo
Pico de Fogo, Fogo Island

Enjoy 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. You’ll climb the mountain before the sun and can watch your rise from the heights. Successively, all the volcanoes in the crater will shine at you. Once at the top, you will see some of the Cape Verde Islands if the weather is good. And then comes the “descent” through the lava ash.

Services Included:

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

(B/PL/D)

Day 9: Farewell to the crater

Fogo Caldeira
Caldeira de Fogo, with the north opening on the right

Today you leave the crater area through the north opening and plunge into an equally impressive panorama. You turn around one last time to see the lava flows and wave to your hosts and then enjoy the perfumed forest. On the horizon, you will see the endless ocean again and again. From the endpoint of the hike, you return to São Filipe by car.

Services Included:

  • Guided hike
  • Packed lunch
  • Transfer
  • ACCOM/DBL Pension Belavista, Sao Filipe

(B/PL/-)

Day 10: Fogo – Maio

Fishermenaio 1
Fishermen on the island of Maio

Domestic flight from Fogo via Santiago to Maio. Transfer to the small island capital Vila do Maio, where you will check into your nice guesthouse.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – airport (Fogo)
  • Flight Fogo – Maio (via Santiago)
  • Transfer airport – accommodation (Maio)
  • ACCOM/DBL Casa Evora, Vila do Maio

(B/-/-)

Days 11 – 13: Days at leisure

Maio Lonely Beaches
Lonely beaches on the island of Maio

As one of the three flat sand islands, Maio is still an insider’s tip. Which is a bit strange, since the island has gorgeous beaches that can easily keep up with those of Sal. But surely it’s nice not to have to share such an idyllic place with many other visitors.

If you are looking for a quiet place to take a stroll, the island’s capital, Vila do Maio, is the place to be. It is worth seeing the central square, the old fort and already here, right on the outskirts of the town, beautiful beaches begin.

Why do not you take a tour of the island, which will take you to many more beaches? In terms of scenery, the island also has a lot to offer.

Services Included:

  • ACCOM/DBL Casa Evora, Vila do Maio

(B/-/-)

Day 14: Back to Santiago

Praia Rathaus Cape Verde Islands
Praia Town Hall at the Plateau

Journey back to Santiago and transfer to your hotel, which is located in the quiet ambassadorial district of the capital.

Services Included:

  • Transfer accommodation – airport (Maio)
  • Flight Maio – Santiago
  • Transfer airport – accommodation (Santiago)
  • ON/DBL Hotel Praia Mar, Praia

(B/-/-)

Day 15: Day to relax

There is still a whole day to enjoy the end of your holiday in Cape Verde. You will be free to use your room until 8 pm. Later in the evening, transfer to the airport and return flight to Europe.

Services Included:

  • Day room at Hotel Oasis Praia Mar, Praia
  • Transfer accommodation – airport (Santiago)

(B/-/-)


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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 > Maio > Santiago incl. taxes / fees
  • 14 nights in a double room with breakfast including accommodation tax
  • Day room on the 15th day of travel
  • Other meals: 6x packed lunch, 4x dinner
  • Programme as described: 5x hike with a guide, 1x hike with a guide, 2x city tour with guide, (info: 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 31.10.2024

Price per person in a double room: 1.580 EUR
Price for single travellers in a single room: 2.500 EUR

Changes and errors excepted.


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