Special MTB :
Type of stay :
Trek with guide
Localities visited :
Espongeiro, Pedra Rachada, Lagoinha, Lagoa, Campo Redondo, Chã de Norte, Ribeira da Cruz, Espadana, Lombo de Garça
Length : 5 days
Maximum difficulty : 4
Kilometers and kilometers of small tracks where one panorama follows the other. Crossing dry highplateaus and green forests, passing by fascinating volcano craters or crests which open to breathtaking downhill sensations.
Let's start by driving up the old road that goes through the island, the one with the amazing panoramas - We will meet our guide, our accomodation and our bike for the next days and start preparing our adventure.
Day 2: MTB techniques on Planalto Leste
Level: 2-3 // +400m/-400m
This first day is reserved to know the terrain and the techniques you will need to dominate your bike and achieve all of your goals on the following days. Together with our guide we explore the surrounding areas of the Natural Parc of Cova. The scenarios will change from foresty green paths to dry and dusty roads. Guess what, this is just a sample of what is waiting for us tomorrow.
This day and our ability defines if we are able to manage the levels of difficulty for the following days. Our guide can and will adapt the tour to our level.
Day 3: Norte > Cha de Norte > Ribeira da Cruz
Level 3 // -1500m/+700m
Today is tough but stunning. Early in the morning, to warm up, we start cycling down the road of 'corda' in direction of Porto Novo. Don't let the beauty of the landscapes iluminated by the firsts lights of the day distract you too much from the road. Once in Porto Novo we will find a transfer waiting for us to bring us to the actual starting point of today's adventure. Have you ever asked yourself how it would be riding a bike on the moon? Well - you might get an idea today - when riding through the moonlike landscape passing by the curious goats you will find before arriving Norte. We seem like aliens to them because they are not used to see many bikers around.
Day 4: personalized day
By today it is already clear that Santo Antao is capable of surprising us day by day and to amaze us with not only with its variety of scenaries, but its friendly people. You already know that you can count on them if you run out of water. The guide, the bike, the mountains, the sun, the birds, the colours, the silence - yes - even the dust are the pieces that, all combined together, will make this day completely out of the ordinary. Ahhh - another thing - today the ocean will join us as well. Basically the whole time of our ride we will be facing the ocean. What else can we ask for?
Today's program will be tailormade by our guide - depending on our observed capacities and level throughout the last days. He knows best what we can do - between a nice downhill and a highly technical program everything is possible. It will be the surprise.
Alas, the time has come to carefully pack that (those!) bottle(s) of grog in your suitcase - the memories, those we will have to take them in our head because a suitcase is not enough for all the good memories we have just experienced in the past days - it will help to mata sodad (kill the nostalgia) once you're home. If you've caught the virus of Cape Verde, you'll come back; don't worry, it happens to many people. See you soon!
Level of difficulty
1: Easy cheesy / 2: Easy / 3: Difficult in some places / 4: For experienced bikers
Pictures © A. Bourgeais
- Roundtrip ferry tickets São Vicente > Santo Antão
- Accommodation for 4 nights (small family-run pension)
- Every breakfast
- 3 picnics (Day 2, 3 & 4)
- 4 dinners (Day 1, 2, 3 & 4)
- MTB Guide in Santo Antão (Day 2, 3, 4)
- Bike rental (Days 2, 3 & 4)
- All transfers according to the program
- Our service hotline 24h/24
- Tourist tax (2€ per person, per night)
Not included in the price
- International flights, personal Insurance
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses
- Bank fees for the international transfer
- Any other service not mentioned above
Price per person
585 € per person, based on two people
460 € per person, based on four people
Single room extra charge: 51 EUR per person