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.



Type of stay :
Trek with guide

Island(s) :

Localities visited :
São Filipe, Chã das Caldeiras, Bordeira

Length : 4 days
(included 3 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. After a marvelous trek and a night in the nature, you'll witness the spectacle of an island enlightened by the first rays of the sun.


Praia airport (Santiago)

Day 1
When the plane approaches Fogo, one can't help staring at this fascinating dark cone that majestically rose out of the ocean. 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.

Day 2 (Hike with a roadbook: 7 hours / +1100m / level 4)
Instead of taking the car to pay a visit to the volcano - let's approach it by foot. You can trust our experience. Hiking uphill on a rocky path following a river bed, we'll reach the crater rim, allowing us to enjoy a 180° view upon the crater, the lava fields and, last but not least - the volcano. It stands before our eyes: quiet, sunny and simply impressive. This point of view is one of the most astonishing of Cape Verde.
We'll sleep under the stars, with no water nor electricity, after our guides + porters will have cooked a delicious meal for us.

Day 3(Hike with guide: 4 hours / +300m / -700m / level 3-4)
Another early breakfast, in order to avoid the heat of the sunlights. Today's hike is not long - but we'll need a lot of time, to enjoy the breathtaking panorama. How to describe it best - we are walking on the crater rim, to the right, far away: the ocean; to the left, the crater and the volcano. Almost there, the path turns into black powder: the only way down is to jump or slide downhill. An unforgettable moment! Night in Sao Filipe.

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


Round-trip inter-island Santiago - Fogo in class T
Airport transfers
All transfers for excursions
Roadbooks for day 1 (discover São Filipe)
2 hikes with guides
Accommodation for 2 nights
2 dinners
2 picknicks
Tourist tax

Price per person

467 € per person, based on two people

407 € per person, based on four people

Price info

Single room (for four nights) surcharge: 17 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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