The exuberant

The exuberant

Trek with guide

The exuberant
Brace yourselves: experiencing a close encounter with a volcano is never a harmless moment. And the one in Fogo is one piece of a volcano! This fascinating dark cone that majestically rose out of the ocean, all the way up to the clouds, is somewhat striking. The volcano, which obviously can not be overlooked, shaped the identity of the island and of its inhabitants, proud to live in a stunning environment, even if it means living under the sword of Damocles - in 2014, no one predicted the eruption that destroyed the villages...



Type of stay :
Trek with guide

Island(s) :

Localities visited :
São Filipe, Cha das Caldeiras, Portela

Length : 3 days
(included 2 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 4*

An island with 3 distinct colours: black for the solidified lava, green for the vineyards that provide us with a delicious and acclaimed wine, blue for the sky which we try to come closer to, after an impressive ascent up the volcano. An additional fourth colour would be blond for the inhabitants of the village located inside the crater, descendants of a French aristocrat that found shelter on this fire island.


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The exuberant

For all hiking enthusiasts

Day 1
Flight from Santiago. When the plane approaches Fogo, one can't help staring at this dark cone. But what will charm us in São Filipe are the elegant and noble colonial mansions (sobrados), the pretty little streets leading to the ocean and the vivid colours of the Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Night in São Filipe. Dinner not included.

Day 2 (Hike: 4, 5 hours; level: 2-3)
We give this day an early start up to the crater rim. Alone the ride uphill is breathtaking - suddenly, after a curve, there it is: majestic and impressive. While getting closer to the volcano, wandering in the caldeira (literaly the cauldron) through cultivated fields and spectacular landscapes, we can not believe the blend of colours we have before our eyes. We spend two nights facing the volcano, in an accommodation without running water and electricity - another adventure!

Day 3 (Hike: 4, 5 hours; level: 4**)
Before dawn, we eat our breakfast by candlelight, not only because it's romantic, but also because you need to leave early as to avoid the excessive heat of the day. Once we reach the summit (2829 metres/9281 feet), and if the weather allows it, we are rewarded by an astonishing view upon the crater and ancient or recent laval flows. A second reward lies in the descent: we have the choice between running, sliding or rolling down the pozzolan gravel... It's so much fun, we'll want to hike up to be able to go down again!

Day 4
We have to bid farewell to the crater, the Pico and to the island of Fogo. It's a special moment to see the volcano from the plane, after spending two nights so close to it.


Round-trip inter-island flights Santiago - Fogo in class T
All transfers on Fogo
2 days with guide
1 picnic
1 lunch
2 dinners
Accommodation for 3 nights
Luggage transfer
Tourist tax

Price per person

467 € based on two people

358 € based on four people

Price info

Single room surcharge (day 1, 2 and 3): 32 EUR per person

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Levels of difficulty:

1 = Easy cheesy
2 = Easy
3 = Difficult in some places
4 = Intense
5 = Do not even think of it
* = Only with a guide

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