The Off-beat

The Off-beat

Trek with guide

The Off-beat
Let's get to know two of the Sotavento islands (Leeward Islands), to the South of the archipelago - where Cape Verde is most African. You'll wander through small and typical villages, African traditional markets, hike up the highest volcano of the country or in a canyon, at the feet of a fortress, and why not be rewarded by a glass (or two!) of delicious local red wine.



Type of stay :
Trek with guide

Island(s) :

Localities visited :
Cidade Velha, Serra Malaguera, Ribeira da Prata, São Filipe, Cha das Caldeiras

Length : 7 days
(included 5 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 4*

This tour focuses on the history of the Southern islands, the first to be colonised, and that still bear the marks of forced settlement and slave trade. The architecture of the villages and cities you'll discover are remains of those times. The hikes will allow you to dive in wonderful and astonishing landscapes and to test the Cape Verdean hospitality and friendliness.


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The Off-beat

Day 1
Arrival in Praia airport. Transfer to your hotel in Praia, where we spend our first Cape Verdean night.

Day 2 (Hike: 1, 5 hours - level 1-2)
Time to head to the Fire island! From the plane, don't forget to look out for that huge charcoal-grey cone. A first hike shows us the diversity of the landscapes and colours of this island - we surely were not expecting that!

Day 3 (Hike: 5 hours - level 2-3)
Early in the morning, we hike up the road leading to the famous crater... Suddenly, the landscapes are of unspeakable beauty. We're getting closer and closer to the volcano while walking in the caldeira (literally: the cauldron). The contrast of the colours seems unreal. Our accommodation for the night is located in front of the big cone, without running water and electricity; but we'll be fine!

Day 4(Hike: 4, 5 hours - level 4**)
We give an early start to this hike up to the crater (2829m/9281ft): the landscapes are worth it. Calm yet powerful, silent, sunny... The volcano is impressive. The view from above is breathtaking. Keep in mind that what goes up, must come down: the descent, by rolling, jumping, sliding or running down the black powder, is one of the best experiences in Cape Verde : ) Transfer by car to your accommodation in São Filipe.

Day 5
Let's trade the fire of the volcano for a more African atmosphere on the island of Santiago. Our first stop in Cidade Velha: once evil twin of the Gorée island during the slave trade, the city is considered the cradle of the Creole identity, with the first Cathedral ever built in Africa and renovated fortress. A beautiful yet bitter place, as the fate of many was sealed on the small town's main square, where a pillory is still standing.

Day 6(Hike: 4 hours - level: 3)
A hike through a beautiful nature reserve along with its steep descent make sure we spend a wonderful day in the inland region of Santiago. The magic follows us during the whole hike through the island and up to our accommodation in Cidade Velha.

Day 7 (Hike: 3 hours - level: 2)
Our guide accompanies us along the green valley hidden behind the small city - we also visit the Church and the oldest street of Cidade Velha. We see how the city managed to make its way into the heart of the UNESCO-jury: the city was recently classified as a World Heritage Site.


Round-trip inter-island flights Santiago - Fogo in class T
Your guide (Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7)
1 lunch
4 picnics
3 dinners
Accommodation for 7 nights
All transfers on the ground (according to the program)
Tourist tax

Possibility to combine this tour with The Melody in the Northern islands.

Price per person

872 € based on two people in a double room

663 € based on four people

Price info

Single room surcharge: 114 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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