The Quintessence

The Quintessence

Trek without guide

The Quintessence
Your roadbooks with you, wander through the most beautiful valleys of Santo Antão, each as exquisite as the other. The slow pace of life, many personal encounters with the inhabitants, their delicate kindness and hospitality, the surprising beauty of the panorama... This is what we can promise you through this tour with average difficulty, yet accessible to everybody. This tour is perfect for those who can't imagine crossing a country without meeting their inhabitants and discovering their way of life.



Type of stay :
Trek without guide

Island(s) :
Santo Antão

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

Length : 5 days
(included 4 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 3

(Day for) night spent in a guesthouse or staying in the home of a local, low-angle shot on astonishing landscapes, zoom on countless smiles, tracking out shot of the sunset, soundtrack made of a slow morna; this film should never end... This tour allows us to encounter pleasant inhabitants and to discover wonderful sceneries.


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The Quintessence

For all hiking enthusiasts, without major difficulties

Day 1 (Hike: 5 hours - level 3)
Let's start by driving up the old road that goes through the island, the one with the amazing panoramas - the hike starts from a high plateau, and a path will lead us through deserted areas of different shades of red. This is just the beginning of the journey. We can stop for a cheese tasting before heading to our homestay for the night, located in one of the numerous green valleys.

Day 2 (Hike: 4 hours - level 2-3)
After the breakfast, we start our wanderings through two beautiful valleys. Learning some words of Cape Verdean creole allows us to exchange more than smiles with the local farmers we encounter. In Santo Antão, it's impossible to imagine passing by somebody without greeting or saying a few kind words. Once we've reached the village, perhaps played ouril (oware game) with locals on the square or ran errands at the local merceria (grocery store), we meet our family for tonight, and enjoy a delicious homemade dinner. Simple, human, typically Cape Verdean.

Day 3 (Hike: 6 hours - level 2-3)
Let us not miss a second of this wonderful day - we give an early start to one of the most spectacular hikes of Cape Verde: the one along the coast. We are accompanied to the right by the base of steep, if not vertical cliffs, while we are bordered to the left by the endlessness of Atlantic Ocean. Small paths used by shepherds lead us through exceptional landscapes, each curve revealing new surprises. We conceived this tour as the most beautiful of the island.

Day 4 (Hike: 3 hours - level 2-3)
Today, we have a much closer encounter with the greenest and most tropical valley amongst the whole archipelago, the beautiful valley of Paúl.

Day 5
Free day in Paúl, the valley of thousand hikes. We can also visit one of the many grogue distillery of the area, if we don't feel like walking today : )

Day 6
Transfer from our hotel to the harbour of Porto Novo. The ferry tickets back to São Vicente are included.

1 night without luggage


Round-trip ferry tickets São Vicente - Santo Antão
All transfers
4 Roadbooks for 4 days
3 picnics
1 lunch
5 dinners
Accommodation for 5 nights
Luggage transfer
Tourist tax

You may add a few extra days in Santo Antão to this tour - in that case, the return ferry tickets will be valid for your last day on the island.

Price per person

432 € based on two people

348 € based on four people

Price info

single room (night 3, 4 and 5) extra charge: 37 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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