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The Ardent

The Ardent

Trek with guide


The Ardent
Hiking Fogo is basically a must-do in Cape-Verde. Discovering the volcano, 2829m above sea level, is a rite of passage for every hiking enthusiasts and nature lover visiting the archipelago. This tour including a bit of hiking, a lot of contacts with the Cape Verdeans and many occasions to discover their culture, strives to reveal the beauty and the energy of Fogo, its wide spectrum of colours and landscapes. 2 great hikes with guide.

STAY
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STAY

Type of stay :
Trek with guide

Island(s) :
Fogo
Santiago

Localities visited :
São Filipe, Chã das Caldeiras, Bordeira

Length : 4 days
(included 2 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 4*

You just need a quick glance at Fogo to understand the volcanic origin of the archipelago. You'll be surprised at the numerous blond and blue-eyed inhabitants who inherited their looks from a distant and noble French ancestor, while a glass of the local wine grown on the slopes of the volcano will quench your thirst. Chã das Caldeiras is like an island on an island, where you'll feel cut off from the rest of the world.

This tour will lead you through the charming town of São Filipe, capital of the island with a rich architectural heritage and fascinating history. You´ll climb the crater rim and finally the vulcan itself - the highest point of Cape Verde.

INFO

Departure
Praia airport (Santiago)

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.

Included services:
- Flight Santiago - Fogo
- Transfer Airport - Guesthouse Bela Vista
- City tour with roadbook Sao Filipe
- Dinner
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Bela Vista, Sao Filipe
- (-/-/D)


Day 2Hike 8 hours // Level 4 // +1400m / -700m
We could just take the car to have a closer look at the vulcano - but walking through rugged landscapes and a dried-out river bed to the top of the crater rim is simply amazing. We take a deep breath as we enjoy the view over lava fields, the cauldron and the vulcano. There it is with all its power - right in front of us. Take a moment to internalize one of the most amazing view of Cape Verde. We walk on the crater rim - on our right, far away, the sea and on our left, the vulcano. Night in the cauldron.

Included services:
- Transfer accommodation - starting point of the hike
- luggage transfer to the accommodation
- guided hike, as per description
- Lunchbag and Dinner
- ON/DBL Casa Marisa, Cha das Caldeiras
- (B/LB/D)

Day 3Hike 6 hours // Level 4 // +1100m / -1100m
Before dawn we have breakfast because we need to leave early 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!

Included services:
- Guided hike Pico Grande
- Lunch and Dinner
- ON/DBL Casa Marisa, Cha das Caldeiras
- (B/L/D)

Day 4
All good things must come to an end: we have to leave the island of Fogo. We bid farewell (despedida) to the volcano, as heartbroken as if we had to leave a dear friend. And what a huge friend!

Included services:
- Transfer accommodation - airport
- Flight Fogo - Santiago
- (B/-/-)

Included meals are mentioned as follows:
B= breakfast; LB= Lunchbag; CB=coffeebreak; L= lunch; D= dinner

PRICES

Included
Included services:
domestic flights Santiago > Fogo > Santiago incl. Taxes
3 overnights with breakfast, incl. Overnight tax
1x lunchbag, 1x lunch, 3x dinner
2 hikes with english-speaking guide, 1 hike with roadbook
All airport-, harbour- and other transfers mentioned in the program
Our 24/7 emergency service

Not included services:
Visa for Cape Verde (25 EUR)
Travel insurance
Not mentioned meals and all drinks
tips
All services that are not mentioned

Included meals are mentioned as follows:
B= breakfast; LB= Lunchbag; CB=coffeebreak; L= lunch; D= dinner

Price per person

599 € per person, based on two people

469 € per person, based on four people

Price info

Single room (for four nights) surcharge: 30 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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