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Santiago: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Visit to Cidade Velha

1. Santiago: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Visit to Cidade Velha

After being collected from your accommodation in Praia, depart toward the small village of Calabaceira. Start your 3-hour hike from the top of the valley, with an oasis of vast vegetation emerging in its interior. Follow a simple and accessible trail for any hiker, and explore the green valley famous for both its baobab trees mentioned by Charles Darwin and its use as an escape route for slaves during slavery. Next, discover the local fauna and flora, and have the opportunity to experience the production of a local rum-making distillery. There, get in touch with local farmers and their agricultural fields of sugar cane, mango trees, cassava, banana, and more. Arrive in Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the São Francisco Convent, Banana Street, and Nossa Senhora do Rosário church. Have a break for lunch and savor local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. After lunch, visit the former slave market, the ruins of the Sé Catedral, and the Royal Fortress of São Filipe. From the top, enjoy a beautiful view over the whole old town and find out about the system of defense used against pirates. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.

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5.0 / 5

based on 15 reviews

I was a little unsure about this trip as I have bad knees. But I took my poles and Antonio was very kind going slowly for me. He was very knowledgeable about the trees and plants, and we saw many grey headed kingfishers. The run distillery was interesting! And the boabab tree was quite spectacular! Lunch in the village followed by a trip (by car thank goodness) to the Fort. Oh, and the churches and monastery too! All in all an excellent day and I would highly recommend this company. Thankyou.

Staff knowledgeable of the things they show, although always receptive to knowing more, they create a relationship with the customer that, combined with a natural friendliness, makes visits into something more than a simple visit, but often an interactive discovery that benefits both the parts. Ailton is a young man with a promising future in this area and he has all these qualities.

We had a great tour in cidade velha with Ailton! He was an amazing tour-guide, very friendly and knowledgable. He was able to give us more insight in the history and modern day culture of Cape Verde. We definitely recommend this tour to anyone coming to Praia.

Our guide was also very knowledgeable and was very engaging and accommodating. We can only recommend the tour!

A great tour with our guide Zeni! He was the best. Very knowledgeable, very friendly and a lot of fun.