Best Hiking Trails on Santiago Island

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Duration 📅

6 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation 🛏️

3 Star Hotel

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Small Group

Language 🌐

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Difficulty 🚥


Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle

Visa 🛂

NOT Included


Accommodation (5 Nights);
Guiding Service (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish);
Hotel pick up and drop off for all the tours;
Tours as mentioned in the program;
All entrance fees;
Service charges and VAT;
Others mentioned in the tour description;
Local Assistance 24 hours a day.

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Explore the best hiking trails on Santiago Island in the company of a certified local tour guide and visit the Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mingle with the locals at Pico D’Antónia, Rui Vaz, Praia, Serra Malagueta Natural Park and relax on the most beautiful beach of Santiago Island, Tarrafal Beach.


🏁 Tour Itinerary: Best Hiking Trails on Santiago Island

Day 1: Arrival in Santiago – 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 transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Praia. 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: Casa Sodade*** in Praia or similar.


Day 2: Santiago Island: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Visit to Cidade Velha

After being collected from your accommodation in Praia, depart toward the small village of Calabaceira. Follow a simple and accessible trail for any hiker and explore the green famous valley for both its baobab trees mentioned by Charles Darwin and its use as an escape route for slaves. Next, discover the local fauna and flora and experience the production of a local rum-making distillery. Get in touch with local farmers on their agricultural fields of sugar cane, mango trees, cassava, banana, and more. Your hike progresses to Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fallowed by a visit to all its highlights: the São Francisco Convent, the Rua Banana, Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, the former slave market, the ruins of the Sé Catedral, and the Royal Fortress of São Filipe. Take a break for a delicious lunch, and savor local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. Overnight in Praia.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Casa Sodade*** in Praia or similar.


Day 3: Trekking: Natural Park of Monte Tchota to Pico D’Antónia

Your day begins with a scenic drive to the interior of the island, where your trek starts. Arrive at Rui Vaz and start your hike through the Natural Park of Monte Txota. Located at an altitude of 800 meters and with its own microclimate, this is one of the coolest places on the island with lots of biodiversities.  Then, continue towards the Pico D’Antónia. With an elevation of 1394 meters, this is the highest point of Santiago Island. Get close to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the São Jorge valley, and possibly Fogo Island Volcano, weather permitting. Your trek will take about 4 hours, with a stop for a small picnic and views of beautiful landscapes along the way. The route will end with the return to the Monte Txota Natural Park and the ride back to your hotel. Overnight in Rui Vaz.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Quinta da Montanha*** in Rui Vaz or similar.


Day 4: Serra Malagueta Natural Park Trek & Visit to Assomada Market

Begin your day with a tasty breakfast at the mountaintop and after head inland to the famous and traditional Assomada Market. Wander around the vibrant stalls and soak up the hustle and bustle of this island hub whilst watching the locals haggle for produce (Wednesdays and Saturdays only). Drive to Serra Malagueta Natural Park next, where your trekking adventure awaits. Follow your guide as you head into the luscious landscapes of the Serra Malagueta Natural Park, which covers 774-hectares. The park is home to the Serra Malagueta mountain range as well as over 124 species of plant, and 19 species of bird. Throughout the trek, listen to your guide share information about the local flora and fauna, many of which can only be found here in the park. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, find a scenic spot for a well-deserved rest and enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the forest. After the walk, drive to Tarrafal Beach and enjoy free time chilling on the shore. Overnight in Tarrafal.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Hotel Vista Mar*** in Tarrafal or similar.


Day 5: Free day in Tarrafal

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation and then explore Tarrafal on your own. You can enjoy simply relaxing on the white sands of the most picturesque and beautiful beach on the island of Santiago, Praia does Tarrafal, known for its white sands and clear waters. Take the opportunity to visit the Chão Bom Concentration Camp, the current resistance museum used to imprison political prisoners who fought against the dictatorship. Overnight in Tarrafal.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Hotel Vista Mar*** in Tarrafal or similar.


Day 6: Visit Rabelados Community, Banana Plantation & Praia City Tour – Goodbye Santiago

Start your last day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, then return to the island’s eastern coast. Make your first stop at the Rabelados, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves Cape Verde’s oldest customs and beliefs. Learn their history and have the opportunity to buy handmade paintings or souvenirs 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 plants that exist along the route. After a delicious lunch, head between mountains and valleys to the historical center of Plateau. Take a guided walking tour through the Jaime Mota Military Barracks, the Presidential Palace, and the Alexandre Albuquerque Square. In the Municipal Market (closed on Sundays), meet locals and find a diversity of local fruits and vegetables.
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. The tour concludes with a drop-off at Nelson Mandela International airport. Say goodbye to Cape Verde longing for “La Morabeza Crioulo”.

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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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall be enforced to the fullest extent possible, and the remaining Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.


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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