The Lava

The Lava

Trek with guide

The Lava
Brace yourselves: experiencing a close encounter with a volcano is never a harmless moment. And the one in Fogo is one piece of a volcano! This fascinating dark cone that majestically rose out of the ocean, all the way up to the clouds, is somewhat striking. The volcano, which obviously can not be overlooked, shaped the identity of the island and of its inhabitants, proud to live in a stunning environment, even if it means living under the sword of Damocles - nobody knows if or when the volcano will wake up.



Type of stay :
Trek with guide

Island(s) :

Localities visited :
São Filipe, Cha das Caldeiras, Portela

Length : 3 days
(included 2 of walking)

Maximum difficulty : 4*

An island with 3 distinct colours: black for the solidified lava, green for the vineyards that provide us with a delicious and acclaimed wine, blue for the sky which we try to come closer to, after an impressive ascent up the volcano. An additional fourth colour would be blond for the inhabitants of the village located inside the crater, descendants of a French aristocrat that found shelter on this fire island.


For all hiking enthusiasts

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. Dinner not included.

Day 2 (Hike: 4, 5 hours; level: 2-3)
Early in the morning we're heading towards the famous crater... Suddenly the landscape is breathtaking. The volcano stands before our eyes, quiet, sunny and simply impressive. We gradually explore the caldeira (literally "the cauldron") until we reach the ancient villages that have been completely destroyed by the eruption of 2014. As we walk through this Capeverdean Pompeii with its spectacular lava fields, the many different colors seems surreal to us. Full of new sensations and feelings we are driving down to Sao Filipe, where we spend the night.

Day 3 (Hike: 6 hours; level: 4; +800m/-1000m)
Early in the morning we have breakfast before we ascend Cape Verde's most impressive viewpoint at 2500 meters. First by car and then step by step, before the sun warms our path, we climb the crater rim. Arriving at the summit, our first reward are the beautiful and stunning views over the lava fields of the crater, from several centuries ago and more recent, the ancient villages and last but not least, the volcano Pico de Fogo. But our second reward awaits us - going downhill, an unforgettable moment giving us the chance to slide down a slope of black powder! Night in São Filipe.

Day 4
After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flight back to Santiago.


Round-trip inter-island flights Santiago - Fogo - Santiago in class T
All transfers on Fogo
2 days with guide
2 picknicks
Accommodation for 3 nights
Tourist tax

Price per person

455 € based on two people

334 € based on four people

Price info

Single room surcharge (day 1, 2 and 3): 26 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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