The Essential

The Essential

Trek in group

The Essential
Lovers of the unknown, thrill seekers, addicts to new discoveries, adventures enthusiasts: this tour is made for you. After Mindelo, its parties and amazing bay, you'll unwrap Santo Antão, rich in panoramic sceneries, in mountain ridges, in sugar cane fields and in smiling faces.



Type of stay :
Trek in group

Island(s) :
São Vicente
Santo Antão
São Vicente

Localities visited :
Mindelo, Lagoa, Ribeira das Patas, Cruzinha, Fontainhas, Paúl

Length : 7 days
(included 7 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 3

You'll quickly understand why Cape Verde is a paradise for trekkers (yet it remains unknown): sharp ridges, green valleys, seas of clouds, colourful and bright sceneries... The island of Santo Antão surely contributes to this status. But don't think that São Vicente has nothing to offer: cultural events, gastronomy, music... and the vibrant night life!


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The Essential

For all hiking enthusiasts

São Vicente airport

Day 1 - Friday
Arrival at the São Vicente airport. We gather up, introduce ourselves and get ready to spend a wonderful week together.

Day 2 - Saturday
Mindelo is our first stop in the Barlavento (Windward) Islands: we enjoy the colours, the music, the fragrances of this magical city; more specifically, we wander through lively markets, discover hidden spots and admire the beautiful view upon the harbour. The Cape Verdean handicraft won't hold no secrets for us after a visit to a pottery school and a luthier workshop.

Day 3 - Sunday (Hike: 3, 5 hours; level 2-3)
Today, we get acquainted with Santo Antão. After a short ride on the beautiful Road of the Rope, we start our hike from the green caldeira of an old volcano. The descent through planted fields and greeneries is extraordinary - we spend the night in an oasis of mango trees.

Day 4 - Monday (Hike: 4 hours; level 2-3)
After the breakfast, no time to rest, two valleys await! Learning some words of Cape Verdean creole allows us to exchange more than smiles with the local farmers we encounter. Remember: in Santo Antão, it's unthinkable to pass by somebody without greeting or saying a few kind words. We meet our family for tonight, and enjoy a delicious homemade dinner. Simple, human, typically Cape Verdean.

Day 5 - Tuesday (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. Trails built by shepherds, right above the ocean, lead us through exceptional landscapes - it goes up and down, each curve revealing new surprises. No wonder why this hike is one of our favourites. Encountering local people, courageously enduring the harsh living conditions, enables us to improve our Creole.

Day 6 - Wednesday
The western part of the island remains the most authentic, as it is less visited: here, living conditions are hard and rain is scarce. But the nature is surprisingly beautiful. We take the road towards Porto Novo, making a small stop on the Lagoa plateau, where sylvicultural activities and goat cheese are the main source of income - and discover particular rock formations in the valley of Ribeira das Patas. After lunch, provided by an interesting project of sustainable agriculture and tourism, we head back to Mindelo.

Day 7 - Thursday (Hike: 1, 5 hours - level 2)
A Cape Verdean style kind of day: sea, mountain, beach, a good meal, the sun: they gathered today to accompany us for our last day in Cape Verde.

Day 8 - Friday
All great things come to an end: it's time to board our plane back to Europe. Watch out for the famous sodade - this feeling of melancholy, attachment and joy towards this little country may be stronger than we thought.

Tour designed to fit with the TACV flight from Lisbon to São Vicente.


All transfers
Your guide during this stay
Accommodation for 6 nights
1 picnic
6 lunches
6 dinners
Tourist tax

Price per person

591 € Based on 6 people in double rooms

546 € Based on 8 people in double rooms

Price info

Single room surcharge: 139 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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