Cape Verde’s Local Flavors: Santiago, Maio & Fogo Islands
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Discover the lesser-known paradise of Cape Verde, Maio Island. Marvel at the island’s active volcano, Fogo, which last erupted in 2014. Explore Santiago Island’s World Heritage Site, Cidade Velha, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Country. Sunbathe on the deserted white sand beaches and dive into the blue, crystal-clear waters.
🏁 Tour Itinerary: Cape Verde’s Local Flavors: Santiago, Maio & Fogo Islands
Day 1: Arrival – Airport Transfer – Hotel Check-in
After disembarking, be welcomed by Your travel representative, who will be waiting for you at Nelson Mandela International Airport with a sign displaying your name, as informed by you. Then, enjoy a private and custom transfer from the airport to your accommodation. Our team will take you from door to door with complete security and professionalism, providing all relevant information about your stay. Overnight in Praia.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Deluxe ApartHotel in Praia (Santiago Island) or similar.
Day 2: From Praia: Praia City Tour + Highlights of Cidade Velha
Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Praia, and first visit the Dona Maria Pia Lighthouse. Take stunning pictures from the top of the Lighthouse surrounded by the large cannons installed to protect the island from the attack of pirates such as Francis Drake and Jacques Cassard. Make your way to the historical center of Plateau. Take a walking tour through the Jaime Mota Military Barracks, passing by the Presidential Palace and Alexandre Albuquerque Square. In the Municipal Market, meet locals and find a diverse range of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Next, explore the largest souvenir market to be found in Cape Verde, the Sucupira Market. Explore Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to see all its highlights such as the Royal Fortress of São Filipe, the ruins of the first sub-Saharan African Cathedral, the fishermen bay, the former slave market in Pelourinho, the famous Banana Street with its traditional houses, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and finally the Convent of São Francisco. At lunch, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the city, and taste local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Praia.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Deluxe ApartHotel in Praia (Santiago Island) or similar.
Day 3: From Praia: Full-day Maio Island Experience
Starting from your hotel in the city of Praia, head straight to the harbor. The ferry will depart at 7:00 am for a two-hour trip to Maio. The island of Maio is 103 square miles and is the flattest island on Cape Verde. There, start your discovery from the Eco-Museum, and learn about the history of the colonization of the island, rooted in the exploitation of salt, which was exported to several countries. After, visit the Salinas wetland of Porto Inglês and have a chance to see the locals producing Salt. Next, head to Morro Village and have a typical breakfast with a local family. Your tour progresses to the locality of Calheta, where a visit to its handcraft center gives you the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Then, continue towards the agricultural and fishing areas until the Morrinho dunes. There, have an easy walk throughout the white sand dunes that were brought by the wind from the Sahara desert. Take a break for lunch at Pedro Vaz, the first Village to be inhabited. Then, drive back to the capital of the island and visit São José Fortress, built in the 18th century to protect the island from pirate attacks. Take a break for a well-deserved lunch in a local atmosphere, and then be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Maio.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Casa Evora in Vila do Maio (Maio Island) or similar.
🚢 A ferry ticket (Praia – Maio) is included.
Day 4: Free day in Maio
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation and then explore Maio by yourself. You may like to relax on the white sand of the most picturesque and beautiful beach on the Island, Beachrotxa, known for its golden sand and crystal-clear waters. Overnight in Maio.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Casa Evora in Vila do Maio (Maio Island) or similar.
Day 5: Hotel Check-out – Transfer out – Flight (Maio – Fogo) – Check-in São Filipe
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation and get prepared to discover your next destination, Fogo Island. Enjoy a private transfer from Vila do Maio to Maio Airport and then, catch your flight to Fogo. Land at São Filipe Airport and be transfered to your hotel in São Filipe. Enjoy the quiet afternoon time vibe and relish a local dish at a local restaurant. In the evening, feel free to enjoy the live local band, in one of the restaurants near to your accommodation. Overnight in São Filipe.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Pipi’s Guest House In São Filipe (Fogo Island) or similar.
✈️ Domestic Flights from Maio to Fogo are included.
Day 6: Fogo Island: Full-Day Guided Tour from São Filipe
After breakfast, be picked up at your accommodation and then depart toward São Filipe, the capital of the island. There, explore “Sobrados” and wander around this charming little town lined with colorful colonial houses. Next, head to the small Municipal Museum and appreciate the simplicity of the objects that portray the local history. Head inland to the small villages of Achada Furna and Cabeça Fundão. There, learn about the history of the residents who had their houses submerged by the lava from the recent volcanic eruption of 2014. Arrive at Chã das Caldeiras National Park and admire uninterrupted views of the volcano and rugged surrounding landscape. Marvel with an amazing view from the foot of Cape Verde’s highest mountain, the active volcano, one of the best attractions in the country. After that, take a break for a well-deserved lunch in a local atmosphere and buy or taste at your expense one of the best wines in the world. Overnight in São Filipe.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Pipi’s Guest House In São Filipe (Fogo Island) or similar.
Day 7: From Fogo: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal
Say goodbye to Fogo Island and head to the airport for your flight back to Santiago Island. Upon arrival, be picked up at Nelson Mandela Airport and then head towards the interior of the island. Make your first stop at Mrs. Luisa’s house. There, sample cuscus (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families. After breakfast, continue to the city of Assomada. Visit its famous market and admire the vibrant colors of the local fruits and vegetables (Wednesdays and Saturdays only). After that head to Boa Entrada, a small agricultural village, where locals earn their daily bread through agriculture. There, see sugar cane plantation, coconut, and mango trees, and get to know the oldest and largest tree of Cape Verde, a giant Kapok with 500 years of history. Move on to the Serra Malagueta natural park and marvel at the incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. Next, visit the Concentration Camp of Chão Bom, a prison used to imprison European and African politicians who fought against the Salazar regime. Overnight in Tarrafal.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Hotel Vista Mar in Tarrafal (Santiago Island) or similar.
✈️ Domestic Flights from Fogo to Santiago are included.
Day 8: Free day in Tarrafal
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation and then explore Tarrafal by yourself. You may like to relax on the white sand of the most picturesque and beautiful beach on Santiago Island, Tarrafal Beach, known for its white sand and crystal-clear waters. Overnight in Tarrafal.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Hotel Vista Mar in Tarrafal (Santiago Island) or similar.
Day 9: Visit Rabelados Community, Banana Plantation, and Local Rum Distillery + Praia by Night
Get picked up at your accommodation and then return to the island’s east coast. Make your first stop in Espinho Branco and visit the religious community of Rabelados, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves Cape Verde’s oldest customs and beliefs. There, see the local handicraft production and have the opportunity to buy handmade paintings from local artisans. Travel for approximately 45 minutes and arrive at the largest banana and coconut plantation in the country. Take a small walk inside the agricultural fields while the local guide explains the varieties of fruits and dozens of plants that exist along the route. Then, head to the foot of the highest mountain on the island, where you will visit the traditional local distillery and taste the famous local rum called “grogue”. In the evening, be transferred to one of the most popular restaurants on Santiago Island. There, enjoy a live local music band and relish the most famous dish ever made in Cape Verde, Katxupa, a slow-cooked stew of corn, beans, cassava, sweet potato, fish or meat, and more. Overnight in Praia.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Deluxe ApartHotel in Praia (Santiago Island) or similar.
Day 10: Goodbye Cabo Verde
Start your last day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation and then enjoy your free time according to the flight schedules. Check out from the accommodation in Praia and at agreed time be picked up and transferred to Nelson Mandela international airport. Catch your international flight back home and say goodbye to “La Morabeza Crioula”.
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CHAPTER 5 - ACCOMMODATION
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5.2) CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT TIMES
The majority of the Accommodation establishes the occupancy of the rooms, from the day of arrival between 2 pm and 3 pm, where the departure must take place on the last day, between 11 am and 12 pm. In the apartments, the entrance usually takes place at 5 pm on the day of arrival and must be left free until 10 am on the day of departure. Please note that the times shown on the Voucher are expressed in the local time at the destination.
5.3) TRIPLE ROOMS
Most of the listed accommodations do not have triple rooms. When the hotels accept the booking of accommodation for 3 (three) people in the same room, it will be held in a double room with an extra bed, which may not be identical in quality and comfort.
Meals, when included, whether from restaurants or hotels, will be served at fixed times and with the same menu for all participants, with no changes. Unless otherwise stated, prices shown for Half Board and Full Board supplements do not include drinks. On arrival at the hotel after 7 pm, the first meal service will be breakfast the next day, and unless late check-out is possible, the hotel's last service will be breakfast. If the client needs to follow a diet, prior consultation is necessary. Meals not included in the Travel Program will always be at the Client's expense.
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We might be obliged to replace the foreseen hotel, in some cases especially during the high season, with other similar of the same category before You arrive at the destination.
CHAPTER 6 - ACTIVITIES AND TRANSFERS
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6.4) CONTACT WITH THE OPERATOR
In some cases, before the date of the Activity or Transfer, you will be asked to communicate with your local representative to confirm some details and / or coordinate the meeting place. If You fail to make this contact in a timely and correct manner and, as a result, have frustrated the use or enjoyment of the Service, Bu Country Tours will not be responsible and You will not be entitled to demand any refund from Us.
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Bu Country Tours is not responsible if the passenger is not at the departure point at the indicated time, continuing the trip for the benefit of the remaining passengers.
6.6) ACTIVITIES PROHIBITED DURING EXCURSIONS
It is not allowed to consume strong smelling foods or alcoholic beverages within the transport, nor is it allowed any kind of sound (music), because each passenger has his musical preference and we have to respect everyone. if You want to hear your music preferred during the trip we recommend the use of headphones.
No type of prejudice is tolerated during our trips, if this type of attitude occurs initially the Tour Guide will intervene verbally, in case of insistence of the prejudiced attitude the victim and/or Bu Country Tours will carry out the legal procedures for punishing the aggressor.
Pollution is not accepted in none of our destinations. All the garbage produced by You must be taken with You to a nearest garbage dump and discarded.
6.7) AIRPORT TRANSFERS POLICY
The travel announcement may include a transfer upon arrival and departure, which will always be carried out by a safe motor vehicle, driven by a qualified professional, always aiming at the comfort and safety of the Traveler. In the event of a flight is changed by the Traveler, the Traveler must inform Bu Country Tours by phone +2389235728 or by sending an email to email@example.com so that We can provide his reception. The Traveler's lack of change information exempts Bu Country Tours from any refund or financial return.
6.7)1. LUGGAGE LIMITS
Each Traveler is subject to the weight and amount of luggage limit established during roundtrip transfers. In general, prices include only 1 suitcase weighing up to 25 kg and a 5 kg handbag for each Traveler. Bu Country Tours reserves the right to refuse to accept excessively bulky baggage.
6.7)2. FAULTS AND DELAYS
If the Traveler does not find the driver after arriving at the airport, he must first contact our emergency number +238.9235728. If the Traveler does not contact Bu Country Tours, he will not be entitled to any refund. In any case, delays resulting from technical or other reasons related to means of transport or other external factors, namely works on the road, accidents, traffic congestion, etc., are noted.
6.7)3. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
If Transfers are included, they can be private or shared with other Travelers. Transfers can be provided (i) from an Accommodation to another, (ii) from the airport/port to the indicated Accommodation (or vice versa), and (iii) from Accommodation to the place where the Traveler will participate in the booked tour (or vice -verse), at the beginning or at the end of the trip. In case the Traveler is retained or delayed due to any cause inside the airport or accommodation, he should call the transfer contact number provided in the voucher.
6.8) SERVICES INCLUDED
Review the individual itineraries to find out what is included in the price of the tour package purchased. Services not explicitly mentioned as included are not included. Customs fees, laundry services, drinks, phone calls, tips, optional tours, extra meals, extra coffees, fees and tickets for parks, museums, churches, concert halls, and other expenses, being out of the contract, are the responsibility of the Traveler.
In addition, additional costs not included in the tour package price are fees associated with air carriers, such as upgrades / seat changes, checked bag fees and airline fuel surcharges.
6.9) ACCEPTANCE OF RISK AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
Some activities may have a high level of risk and it is your responsibility to ensure that the activity is suitable for You and/or your travel partner. The Traveler must report any health problems that may prevent him from participating in the Activity or that may cause potential risks to himself or others;
6.10) GENERAL RULES
For each of the Activities, Excursions, Transfers, Tickets or Attractions provided by Bu Country Tours, its own general rules are described in the brochure of each of them on our platform. Therefore, We recommend that You carefully read the information contained therein to obtain details of the minimum requirements and/or skill levels necessary to participate in an experience. If You do not follow the instructions provided in the description of each Service, such as, among others, the mandatory presentation of (i) identification document, (ii) driving license, (iii) types of shoes or essential clothing, or instructions regarding your health and safety, etc. You may not participate in the trip and You will not be entitled to any refund.
Anyone under the age of 18 at the time of the Tour must be accompanied by an adult.
Unless otherwise stated, the size of the Tour group can vary from 1 to 20 participants.
The Traveler must respect any terms and conditions or restrictions imposed, whether based on age, he alth, weight and/or height, skils level or not;
CHAPTER 7 - AIR TRANSPORT
The Airline company is responsible for damages caused to people or luggage, under the terms of the Law. The responsability is exclusive to the companies that provide air transportation services, compliance with the laws and regulations that apply to the mode of passenger transportation, as well as coverage of insurance and civil liability.
Common changes can occur in flights, such as: change of routes, dates, times, flight conditions from charter to regular flight or vice versa, airport of origin and destination.
The presentation for the Traveler's departure at the airport of departure must occur according to the instructions of the Airlines, that is, it is recommended to present for domestic flights 2:00 (two hours) in advance of the departure time and for international flights 3:00 (three hours) before the departure time.
Laggage and other belongings that the Traveler takes with him are not covered by the travel contract. The customer's luggage and personal belongings are the sole responsibility of the Traveler, and Bu Country Tours does not accept any liability for loss, forgetfulness, damage, subtraction, deterioration or destruction of luggage and other belongings.
In the event of lost or damaged luggage, the Traveler must go to the airline's customer service offices and make the corresponding claim. We advise all the Travelers to take out a travel insurance to cover part of these risks.
7.4) WEIGHT LIMITS
For travel packages that include domestic flights, each passenger is entitled to take a suitcase of up to 23 kg and a backpack of up to 5 kg.
CHAPTER 8 – DOCUMENTATION
8.1) PERSONAL DOCUMENTATION
The Traveler must keep all personal documentation up to date, namely (Identity Card / Citizen Card, Authorization and documentation for minors). Personal documents for national and international travel are the responsibility of the Traveler who must comply with the requirements of the competent authorities, such as, but not limited to, original identity card (including minors), passport, consular visa of the destination countries, proof of vaccine, among others required.
8.2) DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITIES
Bu Country Tours declines all responsibility for refusing to grant visas, or for not admitting any Traveler in a foreign country; cases in which the conditions established for the cancellation of the trip will apply, with the Traveler being responsible for any and all costs caused by such situation.
8.3) TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
The issuanse of Travel Documents by Bu Country Tours is subject to the contractual conditions of each Service, so they may not be issued a long time before the departure date. Under exceptional conditions, imposed by Suppliers, emissions may have to be anticipated.
CHAPTER 9 – GENERAL CHANGES
9.1) CHANGES TO BE MADE BY BU COUNTRY TOURS
Bu Country Tours will make every effort to operate the Tours as announced. Whenever there are other reasons that justify it, Bu Country Tours reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary to ensure the proper handling of the Travel Service. These changes may include, but are not limited to, schedule changes, hotels planned by others of a similar category and attractions.
Changes in the price of the carriage of Travelers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports or exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked.
If the price of the travel package increases by more than 8% of the total price, the Traveler can, within up to 14 days after notification:
a) Accept and pay the surcharges;
b) Cancel and receive a full refund of the money payd;
c) Accept an alternative tour package proposed by Bu Country Tours, being refunded in case of price difference.
Failure by the traveler to respond within the deadline set, imply tacit acceptance of the proposed change.
9.2) CHANGES REQUESTED BY THE TRAVELER
If the Suppliers of the trip in question allow, whenever a Traveler, listed for a certain trip, wishes to change his registration for another trip or for the same departing on a different date, or any other change, a fee of € 20.00 must payd for each change (non-refundable) plus the charges that the change gives rise to.
If the change is not possible, the Customer will be subject to the conditions of our Cancellation Policy.
9.3) CHANGES AFTER DEPARTURE
If the Traveler requeste for any change after the departure for reasons not attributable to Bu Country Tours (eg extension of nights, flight change), the prices of the Services may not correspond to those published in the brochure that motivated the booking.
If Bu Country Tours has no avaibility on the new chosen date, otherwise the Traveler will be subject to the conditions of our Cancellation Policy.
The date change will be allowed once. If another date change is necessary, the Travel Service must be canceled. In this case, the cancellation will be made based on the date of the purchase of the trip and not the date of change.
Request your change ONLY via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your purchase was made through promotions, gratuities or discount coupons it cannot be rescheduled or canceled.
9.4) REGISTRATION ASSIGNMENT
The Traveler may assign his/her reservation or contracted Services, replacing himself with another person who fulfills all the necessary conditions for the trip, only if all the included Supliers accept the replacement. In this event the Traveler must notify Bu Country Tours within at least 5 days prior to the departure. Assignment of any application implies joint responsibility of the assigner and assignee for the payment of the contracted values and for the additional charges arising therefrom.
CHAPTER 10 – CANCELLATIONS
10.1) CANCELLATIONS BY US
Bu Country Tours reserves the right to cancel your travel package if the number of participants reached is less than the minimum required. In these cases, the Traveler will be informed of the cancellation within:
a) 21 days before of the departure, in the case of trips lasting more than six days;
b) 7 days before of the departure, in the case of trips lasting two to six days;
c) 48 hours before of the departure, in the case of trips lasting less than two days.
10.1)2. FORCE MAJEURE
Bu Country Tours may also cancel the travel package before of the departure, if it is prevented from executing it for reasons of Force Majeure. Force Majeure includes impersonal events such as war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, government decisions, natural phenomena, interdictions from public authorities, pandemics or natural disaster that makes it dangerous or impossible to safely undertake the tour.
Termination of the travel contract by Bu Country Tours under the aforementioned terms only gives the Traveler the right to a full refund refund of the money paid, made within a maximum period of 15 days after the termination of the contract by Bu Country Tours.
10.2) TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT BY THE TRAVELER
You have right to cancel the travel package at all times before the departure. In the event of cancellation, You must expressly communicate to Bu Country Tours at +238.9235728 or by email to email@example.com. We will confirm your cancellation by email and aply our Cancellation Policy.
10.3) BU COUNTRY TOURS CANCELLATION POLICY
In certain cases you may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund depending upon:
- The reason for your cancellation or;
- Cancellation policy described exclusively in the brochure for each activity or service booked;
- The number of days prior to the start of the tour your cancellation request is received or;
- Penalties applied by Suppliers involved,
- Administration fee.
Unless otherwise indicated, for cancellation due to any reason (such as illness, changes in personal circumstances), the date on which the cancellation request is received by Bu Country Tours will determine the refund due as follows:
a) If You cancel 60 days or more before the departure: No cancellation fee. We will refund the amount paid less any initial non-recoverable costs incurred. Send us a message to find out what these costs are, if any.
b) If You cancel 59 to 30 days before the departure: 40% cancellation fee. We will refund 60% of the amount.
c) If You cancel from 29 to 15 days before departure: 60% cancellation fee. We will refund 40% of the amount paid.
d) If You cancel less than 15 days before the departure or if You don't show up: the cancellation fee will be 100%.
The Traveler will not be entitled to any refund if (i) the cancellation is due to abandonment after the departure (ii) the reservation was guaranteed through a non-refundable rates or special prices, (iii) the Traveler does not appear, either on arrival or departure, as well as at stops along the route.
Bu Country Tours will make any refund due within a maximum of 20 working days after the cancelation date.
CHAPTER 11 – FINANCIAL GUARANTEE/INSURANCE
Bu Country Tours is responsible for the correct execution of all excursions and guided tours presented on this Site, even if it will be performed by a partner Supplier. Bu Country Tours is responsible for (i) the correct issuance of the titles (Voucher) for accommodation, transportation, guided tours or any reserved travel service, (ii) for the mistakes made during the booking process, even in cases resulting from technical deficiencies in the reservation systems that are attributable and also (iii) by the guilty choice of Suppliers, if these have not been suggested by the Traveler.
11.2) CIVIL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Bu Country Tours' liability, arising from the assumed obligations, is guaranteed by a liability insurance at the IMPAR SARLS, with policy number 700600007, in the amount of Escudos: 5,000,000.00 and a bond insurance under current legislation.
CHAPTER 12 – LEGAL CLAIMS
Claims shall only be deemed as valid when they are submitted in writing to Bu Country Tours within a period not exceeding 27 days after the end of the provision of Services. They can only be accepted as long as they have been reported to the Supliiers (hotels, carriers, etc.) as soon as such non-conformity occurs, that is, without undue delay, requiring documents to prove the occurrence.
CHAPTER 13 – INDEMNITY
You agree to defend and indemnify Bu Country Tours, Affiliates, and/or their respective Suppliers and any of their employees, directors and agents against any claims, causes of action, demands, recoveries, losses, damages, fines, penalties or other costs or expenses of any kind or nature, including but not limited to legal and accounting fees, presented by third parties as a result of:
a) Your breach of this contract or the documents mentioned in it;
b) Violation of any law or the rights of third parties, or your use of this Website.
CHAPTER 14 – JURISDICTION AND GOVERNING LAW
Cape Verdean legislation will apply to all disputes arising from the interpretation or execution of these General Conditions. The Parties elect the Court of Praia with waiver of any other, however privileged it may be.
CHAPTER 15 – INVALIDITY
Failure by Bu Country Tours to enforce any provision(s) of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. These Terms and all other aspects of use of the Site, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Cape Verdean laws.
CHAPTER 16 – FINAL CONSIDERATIONS
The programs presented on our Website are valid until the last travel return date for each of them.
For due legal purposes, You declare that You have read, understood, agrees and accepts all Terms contained herein.
The parties' tolerance of any contractual infractions will not constitute a waiver, precedent or contractual novation.
Any rights not expressly granted here are reserved.
Bu Country Tours Team
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