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Best Of Santo Antão Trek Tour – 4 Days 3 Nights

Country: Cape Verde
City: Santo Antão
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Trekking & Hiking / Discovery
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

SHORT PACKAGE DESCRIPTION

Explore Santo Antão`s best hiking trails and enjoy breathtaking views of Paúl Volcano Crater above 1000 meters high. Hike through Paul valley, known to be the greenest of the archipelago and discover an unspoiled nature with spectacular peaks and green valleys surrounded by tropical fruits and vegetables.

Day 1: Santo Antão: Hiking Cova Volcano Crater - Paúl Valley – Hotel check-in

After disembarking, head to the main exit and meet Your professional guide who will be waiting for you with a sign displaying your name. Departing from Porto Novo, go straight to the Cova Natural Park. From the top of the Cova, enjoy a privileged view of the volcano's crater and see the locals in their agricultural fields. Start your 4-hour hike from 1,100 meters above sea level, with an oasis of vast vegetation emerging inside the volcano's crater. Then, reach the crater’s edge and have the best and the most breathtaking view ever: standing on the edge of the crater, look out over the impressive green valley of Paul that lies in the depth before you plus the beautiful ocean view that is 10 kilometers away. After that, start the zigzagging part of the hike, going down via a stone path for 3 hours. During the descent, explore Cape Verde’s greenest valley, see and learn about native flora and fauna, soak up scenic views of the island's landscapes and have opportunity to see abandoned vineayrds, sugar cane and banana plantations; mango, avocados and coconut trees. Next, experience the production of a local rum-making distillery and taste the famous “grogue” (The Rum production season runs from January 1 st to May 31st). The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.

DURATION: Every day from 6 am to 2 pm (5 - 6 hours)

ROUTE FILE: Extension: ~12 Km Ascent: ~249 /Descent: ~1329 m Difficult Level: Moderate

Total Walking Duration: 4 - 5 hours Path quality: Good, narrow at the beginning and safe.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check in starts from 2 pm. Printed vouchers requested. Please bring, hat, sunscreen and water.

Not recommended for those who are afraid of heights

Day 2: Santo Antão: Hiking Cabo de Ribeira – Paúl Valley

After being collected from your accommodation, depart toward the Cobo de Ribeira, from where the hiking adventure will start. Follow the cobbled paths lined with dry-stone walls and the small villages nestled on steep sided mountains. Along the way, admire some simply decorated straw houses, perched on the side of a hill, facing a steep cliff reaching the clouds, with spectacular views of the valley. Next, move on to the Paul valley, known to be the greenest of the archipelago. There, dive into the lush-green vegetal world between sugarcane fields, fruit tree plantations, coffee, banana, guava, mango, breadfruit, eaucalyptus, papaya and more. Continue the walk through areas with crisp mountain air and past tiny communities and learn about the Paúl's variety of native flora and fauna. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.

DURATION: Every day from 9 am to 2 pm (5 - 6 hours)

ROUTE FILE: Extension: ~7 Km Ascent: ~249 /Descent: ~1329 m Difficult Level: Moderate

Total Walking Duration: 4 - 5 hours Path quality: Good, narrow at the beginning and safe.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring, hat, sunscreen and water. Not recommended for those who are afraid of heights

Day 3: Santo Antão: Hike Ponta do Sol - Fontainhas - Cruzinha

Start your walk from Ponta do Sol, a waterfront-fishing and village with colorful houses, follow a breathtaking road up along rocky cliffs that hover over the ocean and enjoy a background decoration overlooking the sea. Then, head through a small and sinuous road sculpted on the top of a mountain and surrounded with deep valleys that will lead you to the picturesque village of Fontainhas, one of the 10 villages with the best view in the world according to National Geografic. Follow a steep descent and a pedestrian path, crossing Corvo, Formiguinhas and some dazzling heights to the Aranhas valley. Next, arrive at a beautiful black sand’s beach, Praia das Aranhas, a place for turtle’s nesting where you can swim depending on the sea conditions. There, find a scenic spot for a well-deserved rest and enjoy a picnic on the shore. After that, start your 2.5-hour hike between volcanic rocks and the ocean, offering stunning views until you reach Cruzinha, a small fishing village with breathtaking views on the coast and the ocean. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return transfer to your accommodation in Ponta do Sol.

DURATION: Every day from 9 am to 4 pm (7 hours)

ROUTE FILE: Extension: 15 Km Ascent/Descent: ~249 m Difficult Level: Medium

Total Walking Duration: 6 hours Path quality: Very Long, narrow at the beginning and safe.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring, hat, sunscreen and water. Not recommended for those who are afraid of heights

Day 4: Checkout, Transfer out and Goodbye Santo Antão

Get picked up at your accommodation in Ponta do Sol and depart toward Porto Novo Harbour. Take your Ferry back to São Vicente and say goodbye to Santo Antão longing for "La Morabeza Crioula"!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check-out time: 12h00

INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation (3 Nights);

Meals included are 3 Breakfast; 3 Picnics and 3 lunches; Vegetarian food option on request;

Tours as mentioned in the program;

Guiding Service (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish);

Hotel pick up and drop off for all the tours

Custom and private airport Transfers;

All entrance frees;

Service charges and VAT;

Others mentioned in the tour description.

EXCLUSIONS:

Ferry tickets;

Travel insurance;

Single supplement fee;

Pre and post-tour accommodation;

Tourist tax (Paid locally: 2 Euros/Person/Night);

Sevices not mentioned in the program;

Personal expenses.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION DETAILS:

Standard room category in double/twin sharing basis.

02 night at Aldeia Manga Paúl (Santo Antão Island) or similar

01 night at Hotel Tiduca in Ponta do Sol (Santo Antão Island) or similar

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