"Santo Antão is a recipe for happiness"
- Angelika, Switzerland
If you've booked a trip to the island of Santo Antão or are thinking about heading out to this gem in the middle of the Atlantic, chances are it is because you enjoy hiking.
Sometimes getting your travel research on point can be a bit of a challenge. Although not everything needs to be plannen out, having the right information can be pretty important when facing certain decisions.
To help with your travel planning we've lined out 4 of our best tips on hiking and trekking.
Pack light, but pack right
Going hiking or trekking on the island of Santo Antão you probably won't need a lot of stuff. It will actually make things difficult when trying to move around. Depending on what type of trip you decide to take, you might end up hiking entire days with a full backpack around your shoulders. Think of this when you start packing your bags. We recommend bringing the following:
Good hiking shoes
Clothes to protect you from the sun
A nice thermos can to keep your water cool
Tourism on the island of Santo Antão is far from reaching 'mass tourism status'. The island has countless villages where visitors experience a 'back in time' feeling. The best thing to do is go as much into the unknown as you can. Some of these villages almost never get to see tourists, which makes the adventure even more special.
The northern part of the island is by far the part that receives the most visitors, but the southern part of the island also has amazing places to discover. On this part of Santo Antão, the two villages of Monte Trigo and Tarrafal de Monte Trigo are only connected by a hiking trail and a ferry.
Take your time
Santo Antão is Cape Verde's second biggest island. It is a spectacular place where there is so much to see. It is impossible to travel to the island for a few quick highlights. The island is one of those places where life is authentic as can be. This means it needs to be experienced, and not just seen.
Some of the hikes can be done in a few hours, but to really take in all that you come across along the way it might take you the entire day. For example, take the hike that leads from Ponta do Sol to the village of Cruzinha, an extraordinary costal road hike. One of the stops along the way is the magical village of Fontainhas, where you will definitely want to take the time to connect with it's beauty.
Choose the right season
Cape Verde has a rain season that normally starts in August. Not all the islands see the same amount of rain during rain season. Many times when it rains on the island of Santo Antão, the sun shines on the other side of the 'canal' on the island of São Vicente.
When deciding on the time to travel to Santo Antão keep in mind that the island's beauty comes out even better when mother nature blesses the land with her rain. In order to see waterfalls coming down unbelievable mountain peaks and fields greener then you've ever whitnessed before, make sure to travel to 'Sintanton' between September and November...
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