The Colourful

The Colourful

Trek without guide

The Colourful
A combination of hikes without a guide to discover the diversity of the landscapes in Santo Antão, a island where trails through green havens are mixed with paths along the turquoise blue ocean, while leading through small but charming villages perched on the heights of small hills.



Type of stay :
Trek without guide

Island(s) :
Santo Antão

Localities visited :
Caibros, Cha de Igreja, Ponta do Sol

Length : 3 days
(included 3 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 3

You'll certainly fall for this patchwork of landscapes that makes Santo Antão so special - the infinite beauty of those little paths snaking through banana tree fields, high reliefs covered with sisal, terraced fields and mango, papaya or bread fruit trees.

Over the course of your wanderings and nights spent in the homes of locals, you'll get acquainted with the Cape Verdean hospitality and friendliness - the famous morabeza sung by Cesária Évora.


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The Colourful

For all hiking enthusiasts

9: 00 from Porto Novo

Day 1 (Hike: 5 hours - level 3)
Our driver, who we meet in the small harbour town of Porto Novo, will take us to a vast red stained plateau. We don't just notice the hospitality of the locals but also the beautiful and varied views from the top - and the great taste of the local goat cheese. It's time for us to trade the aridity of the plateaus for a green valley, and meet our host family for the night.

Day 2 (Hike: 4 hours - level 2-3)
A nice cup of tea at breakfast gives us the strength to cross two superb valleys. A few words of Cape Verdean Creole help us interact a little bit more with locals, along with our smiles - and if we compliment them on their national football team, we'll certainly weave closer links! It's only naturally that we'll later feel at home, enjoying a homemade dinner and sharing the house of a family.

Day 3 (Hike: 6 hours - level 2-3)
We give an early start to one of the most spectacular hikes of Cape Verde: the one along the coast. It's one of our favourites. Trails built by shepherds, right above the ocean, lead us through exceptional landscapes - it goes up and down, each curve revealing new surprises. Encountering local people, courageously enduring the harsh living conditions, enables us to improve our Creole. We finally arrive in the small city of Ponta do Sol (“point of the sun”), where we'll spend the night in a small hotel.

1 night without luggage
Roadbooks for each hike are provided


All transfers
3 roadbooks 3 picnics
3 dinners
Accommodation for 3 nights
One-way ferry ticket São Vicente > Santo Antão
1 night without luggage (day 2)
Tourist tax

Feel free to combine this tour with another hike.

Price per person

227 € based on two people

184 € based on four people

Price info

Single room (day 3) extra charge: 5 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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