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Santiago Island: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Cidade Velha Tour

Santiago Island: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Cidade Velha Tour Packages
Country: Cape Verde
City: Santiago Island
Duration: 5 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour

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Enjoy a 3-hour trek in the Green Valley of Calabaceira with a local guide. Admire the lush vegetation, and then explore the history of the first city built by Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa, Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


After being collected from your accommodation in Praia, depart toward the small village of Calabaceira. Start your 3-hour hike from the top of the valley, with an oasis of vast vegetation emerging in its interior. Follow a simple and accessible trail for any hiker and explore the green valley famous for both its baobab trees mentioned by Charles Darwin and its use as an escape route for slaves during slavery. Next, discover the local fauna and flora and experience the production of a local rum-making distillery (The Rum production season runs from January 1 st to May 31st). There, get in touch with local farmers and their agricultural fields of sugar cane, mango trees, cassava, banana, and more. Arrive at Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the São Francisco Convent, the famous Banana Street and Nossa Senhora do Rosário church. Have a break for lunch and savor local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. After lunch, visit the former slave market, the ruins of the Sé Catedral, and the Royal Fortress of São Filipe. From the top, enjoy a beautiful view over the whole old town and find out about the system of defense used against pirates attacks. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.


Walk through dense tropical vegetation in the beautiful Calabaceira Valley

Visit a local rum distillary at the heart of intact nature rich in local fauna and flora

Explore all the highlights of Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit the birthplace of Cape Verdean nation and culture

Discover the former slave market, Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and more

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


Private Transportation

Hotel pick up and drop off (For hotels in Praia only)

All entrance fees (Royal Fortress, Sé Cathedral and Convent of São Francisco)

Guiding service (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish).

EXCLUSIONS Lunch and personal expenses.


Extension: 4500 meters Ascent/Descent: ~300 m Difficulty degree: Easy

Total Walking Duration: 2 hours Path quality: Mediun tilt, narrow at the beginning and safe.


Please bring footwear, hat, sunscreen and water.

Activity for travelers under 5 years old.

Printed or mobile voucher accepted.

Instant confirmation. Cut-off time: 8 hours before the scheduled starting time.

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