The ultimate Cape Verdean adventure program is filled with an action packed itinerary with visits to the hotspots in the island. Not only it has adventures on ground such as hiking, trekking, visiting traditional villages and even exploring a rum factory, but also it has its share of exploring the best beaches and the world under water.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):2
Max duration (weeks):2
Aims & Objectives
To introduce you to the authentic Cape Verdean culture and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.
Day 1: Sunday
Arrival and transfer to your accommodation.
Day 2: Monday
Northern Island of Santiago
It’s the first day of your adventure. Today, you will visit Green valleys of Northern Island of Santiago and see beautiful landscapes and interact with local people in their villages. You will get a chance to visit a Local Rum production including tasting!
Today’s trip includes a visit to the oldest and biggest water dam in the island. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and then you will visit the famous black beaches.
Day 3: Tuesday
Serra Malagueta to Mato Brasil
Today, you will walk from Serra Malagueta to Achada Lagoa and to Mato Brasil. This hiking track has spectacular views of all parts of Santiago North.
Day 4: Wednesday
Hiking with Lunch at Farmer’s House
Walk with us in the mountains of Serra Malagueta and have lunch at an organic farm. In the valley of Lagoa, you will have impressions of a traditional Cape Verdean life style. On our track, we will meet agriculture imposing landscapes, a little oasis. You will meet a local family with whom you will spend some time to see how they live. Lunch will be served at the farmer’s house.
With a little bit of luck you can see monkeys along the route. ( 2h of hiking included)
Day 5: Thursday
Gon-Gon – the “King-Track”
The valley of Gon-gon was named after the Bird Gon-Gon. This is a stunning landscape and the hike has very spectacular views enroute. It’s a hike for accustomed hikers becaus of its duration and hight difference.
We will start from a Nature Park of Serra Malagueta, go down to the Gon-gon valley, go up over a ridge and down in the valley of Principal until we reach the ocean. It’s very beautiful and divesified – as it is believed to be the best of all – the King of Tracks!
(Duration: About 6 h / Difficulty level: Level 4 (Accustomed hikers))
Day 6: Friday
Mountain Cycling Trip
Today, we will discover the great natural surrioundings around Tarrafal while going on a bicycle Trip. (Duration: 6 h)
Day 7: Saturday
Free day to relax.
Day 8: Sunday
Free day to relax.
Day 9: Monday
Snorkeling along the coastline
Let’s get into the deep blue and take some underwater impressions with a Snorkeling Trip. We will explore the underwater world of Tarrafal at Ponta Atum or at another beach. Our Snorkeling Guide will show you the best spots in Tarrafal to see the best of marine life. (Duration: 2 hours)
Day 10: Tuesday
Snorkeling with a fishing boat
It’s time to explore the underwater world further out in the ocean around Tarrafal. Out there, along the clifs of Tarrafal, you will see a great diversity of fish and on good days you can even swim with the sea turtles!
The day starts at the Snorkeling-Center in Tarrafal where you will first be taught basic technical skills before we go out into the sea. (Duration: 2 Hours)
Day 11: Wednesday
Today, you will enjoy a relaxing paddeling trip in our Sea Kayaks and explore the pristine coast line of Tarrafal. We will give you a short brefing about the basic paddling techniques before we start. You will also get to visit a lighthouse and witness mesmerising views of the ocean.
Day 12: Thursday
Kayaking, Fishing Trip and BBQ
Catch your own fresh fish on a boat trip with a local fishermen and put the fish a few hours later on the grill.
Depending on the weather conditions we will for leave the bay in the morning or around midday to catch some fresh fish. Our local fishermen know exactly where to catch them.
Once we are back from the fishing trip, we will have a BBQ with fish caught by YOU!
Day 13: Friday
Island of Santiago
It’s your last day and time to explore the north of Tarrafal along the less trodden paths. We will visit pottery crafts and also the Northern point of Santiago where you can visit an old Lighthouse and an ancient village. Later, you can also check out the Tsunami Bowlders along the coast.
Day 14: Saturday
Pack your bags and say goodbye to the local team as your adventure ends today
Refillable water bottle
The city is named after the indigenous plant Tarrafe, (Tamarix senegalensis). Also called Mangui or Mangue, it is situated on the northern part of the island of Santiago. A fishing port situated on the northwestern coast and also is a municipality.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You can expect to share a room on single gender basis. The bathroom is shared and western toilets are available.
Available Room Types
All meals included
Persons per room
4 – 8
Wifi in public areas
* Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends
** Tea, Coffee and Drinking water
The meals will contain a mix of local and various types of Western food.
There are ATMs, mini marts, some shops and restaurants available in the city center.