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Dec 2010: Cape Verde - Santa Antao

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LISBON
Thanks to a lousy TAP connection we had to spend one day in Lisbon. Coming from a snowy and icy NL it was very pleasant to walk around in the beautiful city of Lisbon.

the elevator, which has been designed by same guy who designed the Tour Eiffel

the elevator, which has been designed by same guy who designed the Tour Eiffel


lisbon

lisbon


Lisbon

Lisbon

CAPE VERDE - SANTO ANTAO
However, the goal was to go hiking in Santo Antao in the Cape Verdian Islands. To get there you have to be patient. we were on the waiting list for the flight of 5.55 in the morning but luckily we could go on board and after some initial refusal all went fine. The flight brought us from Praia (Santiago) to Mindelo (Sao Vicente), from where we took the ferry to Santo Antao. After discovering that there is only visa in the Cape Verdian islands we changed some money and finally we could start hiking. We ended up hiking around the whole island in 6 days which was really very beautiful, varied with all the different landscapes and the variation of coastal walks and mountain walks made it a great trip. We stayed in hotels or aske din villages where we could sleep. All very easy going and they even cooked a meal for us.
It is really very easy going, people come to you to see where you are from and to show you where you have to go and further mind their own business, they are simply relaxed and warm people. Below a few impressions from our hikes

Day 1 - from Praia to Mindelo (plane), to Porto Novo - Santo Antao (ferry) and hiking from Cova da Paúl to Ribeira Grande. Overnight in Ponta do Sol
Hike 3h, from 1500m to 250m, ascend 174m, descend 1293m

map_Santo_antao

map_Santo_antao


Yeah: we are almost there!!

Yeah: we are almost there!!


our first view by daylight from Cape Verde: fuming sources

our first view by daylight from Cape Verde: fuming sources


View of Santo Antao from Sao Vicente ferry

View of Santo Antao from Sao Vicente ferry


Arriving in Santo Antao

Arriving in Santo Antao


view at Sao Vicente

view at Sao Vicente


The cova de Paúl, crater with now agriculture activities

The cova de Paúl, crater with now agriculture activities


Cova de Paúl

Cova de Paúl


Joris with kids

Joris with kids


Kids enjoying themselves

Kids enjoying themselves

view from Cova de Paúl to Ribeira de Torre

view from Cova de Paúl to Ribeira de Torre


Enjoying our hike down to Ribeira de Torre

Enjoying our hike down to Ribeira de Torre


Ribeira do Torre

Ribeira do Torre


beautifully located villages

beautifully located villages


The interesting rock formation on the way down to Ribeira Grande

The interesting rock formation on the way down to Ribeira Grande


Enjoying a well deserved beer in Ponta do sol

Enjoying a well deserved beer in Ponta do sol


sunset in ponta do sol

sunset in ponta do sol


puppies are indeed cute...

puppies are indeed cute...

Day 2 - From Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha da Garca
Hike 4h along sea, ascend 674m, descent 728m

most animals walk free in Cape Verde but not these poor pigs

most animals walk free in Cape Verde but not these poor pigs


Corvo

Corvo


the beautiful coastal walk from Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha da Garca

the beautiful coastal walk from Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha da Garca


the natural rocks

the natural rocks


another cute village

another cute village


One of the many little shops, which get their supplies often walked in

One of the many little shops, which get their supplies often walked in


the beautiful coastal walk towards cruzinha da Garca

the beautiful coastal walk towards cruzinha da Garca


sunset in cruzinha da garca

sunset in cruzinha da garca


sunset in Cruzinha da Garca

sunset in Cruzinha da Garca

Day 3 - From Cruzinha da Garca to Garca da Cima to Alto Mira
Hike 7h30, from 15m to 1632m, ascend 1500m, descend 1143m

Cruzinha da Garca

Cruzinha da Garca


Cruzinha da Garca

Cruzinha da Garca


Cruzinha da Garca where we spent the night

Cruzinha da Garca where we spent the night


Great canyon from Cha de Igreja to Garce de Cima

Great canyon from Cha de Igreja to Garce de Cima


Santa Antao

Santa Antao


Santa Antao

Santa Antao


hiking from Garca de Cima to Alto Mira II

hiking from Garca de Cima to Alto Mira II


hiking from Garce de Cima to Alto Mira II

hiking from Garce de Cima to Alto Mira II


santa antao

santa antao


many many km before the next island/land....

many many km before the next island/land....


Santa Antao

Santa Antao


View before descending to Alto Mira

View before descending to Alto Mira


Beautiful sunset colouring the wall we descended completely red

Beautiful sunset colouring the wall we descended completely red


Best hotel room ever: we stayed at the merceraria and got offered this room which was full of stimulating posters   poster of Maria & Bob Marley...

Best hotel room ever: we stayed at the merceraria and got offered this room which was full of stimulating posters + poster of Maria & Bob Marley...

Day 4 - From Alto Mira II to Curral das Vacas to Casa Luciano
Hike 3h45, from 600m to 1495m, ascend 822m, descend 433m

Discussing our route with the patron of the mercaria

Discussing our route with the patron of the mercaria


Alto Mira II

Alto Mira II


view from Curral das Vacas

view from Curral das Vacas


two little boys proudly with their own made car with two wheel drive!!!

two little boys proudly with their own made car with two wheel drive!!!


the vulcanic view just does not bore...

the vulcanic view just does not bore...


Beautiful view while walking up to Bordeira

Beautiful view while walking up to Bordeira


At Bordeira there was suddenly this huge area full of 'kalk'. One man had made a home in it!

At Bordeira there was suddenly this huge area full of 'kalk'. One man had made a home in it!


Interesting patterns in the rocks

Interesting patterns in the rocks


Santa Antao

Santa Antao


Hiking from Curral das Vacas (next to Cha de morte: interesting name for a village, it seemed rather quiet too...) to Casa Luciano, accompagnied by a tall, nice Elisa

Hiking from Curral das Vacas (next to Cha de morte: interesting name for a village, it seemed rather quiet too...) to Casa Luciano, accompagnied by a tall, nice Elisa


Home of Fidel Castro in Casa Luciano. I never thought that I would once in my life shake hands with a Fidel Castro...

Home of Fidel Castro in Casa Luciano. I never thought that I would once in my life shake hands with a Fidel Castro...

Day 5 - From Casa Luciano to Monte Trigo
Hike 5h15, from 1495m to 0m, ascend 572m, descend 1560m

hike from Casa Luciano to Monte Trigo

hike from Casa Luciano to Monte Trigo


A very strange worm/slak. Eyes on top?? and it moved funny too

A very strange worm/slak. Eyes on top?? and it moved funny too


It is said that in December you have strong winds, well, not when we were there, but this divi divi tree proofs the strong winds

It is said that in December you have strong winds, well, not when we were there, but this divi divi tree proofs the strong winds


Monte Trigo, which can only be reached by foot or boat

Monte Trigo, which can only be reached by foot or boat


The nice view before our last descent to Monte Trigo

The nice view before our last descent to Monte Trigo


Enjoying our view

Enjoying our view


The christmas party of the primary school of Monte Trigo. Lateron this school would become our hotel room...

The christmas party of the primary school of Monte Trigo. Lateron this school would become our hotel room...

Day 6 - From Monte Trigo to Tarrafal
Hike 3h15 along coast, from 0 to 179m, ascend 496m, descend 499m

Coastal walk to Tarrafal

Coastal walk to Tarrafal


View at the Tope de coroa

View at the Tope de coroa


The beautiful coastal hike from Monte Trigo to Tarrafal

The beautiful coastal hike from Monte Trigo to Tarrafal


Tarrafal

Tarrafal


Tarrafal

Tarrafal


Tarrafal

Tarrafal


Tarrafal

Tarrafal


Cleaning fish in Tarrafal

Cleaning fish in Tarrafal


Ladies collecting stones. I guess they collect them for a different reason than I do

Ladies collecting stones. I guess they collect them for a different reason than I do


Romantic sunset in Tarrafal where we stayed at the marvelous Mar Tranquilhado

Romantic sunset in Tarrafal where we stayed at the marvelous Mar Tranquilhado

Day 7 - From Tarrafal to Porto Novo (4WD), from cova da Paúl to Lombo Comprido
Hike 2h25, from 1272m to ca 100m, ascend 155m, descend 1164m

Tope de Coroa

Tope de Coroa


Tope de Coroa

Tope de Coroa


Not sure we were on the moon with this view of Tope de Coroa and all its colours

Not sure we were on the moon with this view of Tope de Coroa and all its colours


Great view with Sao Vicente in the distance

Great view with Sao Vicente in the distance


The Ribeira Paúl

The Ribeira Paúl


Shopping for wood, these ladies were carrying an impressive load on their head, meanwhile chatting and laughing...

Shopping for wood, these ladies were carrying an impressive load on their head, meanwhile chatting and laughing...


Nature is one thing, disco another, but not in Cape Verde

Nature is one thing, disco another, but not in Cape Verde


Santa Antao

Santa Antao

Day 8 - From Lombo Comprido to Vila das Pombas to Pontinha das Janela, Porto Novo, ferry to Mindelo and flight to Praia

Vila das Pombas

Vila das Pombas


The romantic location of the Paúl villages

The romantic location of the Paúl villages


The rock formations against which the houses are built: stunning!

The rock formations against which the houses are built: stunning!


This crossing is going from nowhere (the wall of the mountain) to nowhere (the sea). Interesting...

This crossing is going from nowhere (the wall of the mountain) to nowhere (the sea). Interesting...


The sea

The sea


One last look at the beautiful vulcanic Santa Antao

One last look at the beautiful vulcanic Santa Antao


Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view


The harbour of Sao Vicente

The harbour of Sao Vicente

Day 9 - From Praia to Cidade Velha

Market of Praia, with unions from the Netherlands!

Market of Praia, with unions from the Netherlands!


The Cathedral (!) of 16th century which served then 2000 people.

The Cathedral (!) of 16th century which served then 2000 people.


Contrast: look at the crumbling house, the modern light on solar power and the child playing

Contrast: look at the crumbling house, the modern light on solar power and the child playing


The fortress of the 16th century, used by a number of Europeans (Portuguese, French, British)

The fortress of the 16th century, used by a number of Europeans (Portuguese, French, British)


mountains of Cidade Velha

mountains of Cidade Velha


the little churches of Cidade Velha, once the 'first European city in the tropics', against the mountain backdrop

the little churches of Cidade Velha, once the 'first European city in the tropics', against the mountain backdrop


Cidade Velha

Cidade Velha

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