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Serra Malagueta: Principal Valley Hike & Lunch with Locals

1. Serra Malagueta: Principal Valley Hike & Lunch with Locals

Your trek runs through the Natural Park of Serra Malagueta to the Principal valley. From the second highest point of the island, with a mild climate, you'll start your walk breathing in the fresh mountain air. Enjoy panoramic views of small traditional house groups scattered on the slopes with water streams flowing between vegetable patches and fruit trees. About an hour into the hike, you'll have a chance to explore the early settlements which is a great place to connect with the locals and learn more about the experiences of the rural lifestyle and local traditions. Then your path continues along another stream surrounded by mango trees, and banana and sugar cane plantations before you arrive at the locality of Mato Dento where you will enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family and experience the warm welcome of the local Morabeza people. At the end of the route you'll pass by the Principal Dam that was built to help local families with irrigation. Your tour ends at your hotel after an hour's drive along on the east side of the island with more amazing panoramic sea-land views.

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4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

This trek is great !!! The human qualities and the incredible knowledge of our guide Euclid and our driver Adminson (sorry for the spelling…) made this moment unforgettable. The very simple meeting with the villagers along the way gave us a taste of the daily life (rough, but simple and joyful) of the Cape Verdeans of the countryside. THANK YOU

We had a super nice hike. Our guide Yessa was very nice and spoke very good French. The food was also excellent. The path is partly steep and we didn't have very good shoes with us. Hiking shoes would have been better, but you can do without them.