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Fabio Dias: Man of the Fogo vulcano

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The island of Fogo is located to the west of Santiago and was the second island of Cape Verde to be populated. The island is a must for nature lovers and hikers. Climbing the Pico de Fogo vulcano is one of the most impressive things you can do in Cape Verde.

Fabio Dias is a 30 year old tour guide from Fogo. He was born and raised in the village of Chã das Caldeiras, a small village that was world news in 2014, after the volcano erupted. He calls himself 'a man of the volcano'. Fabio has been climbing the vulcano since he was just 9 years old when he and his father would go up to the vulcano with a donkey.

'The man of the vulcano' offers many different options to visitors who are looking for unique and deep experiences on Fogo. From day tours up and around the vulcano to hiking tours to Mosteiros and even fishing and whale watching.

"I want people to experience the real Cape Verde, my mission is to always show guests the reality." - Fabio Dias

“I’ve been doing tours since I was a little boy. I used to guide tourists up and around the vulcano, and would communicate using my hands and facial expressions. Since then I have learned to speak German, Dutch, English, Spanish and Italian. Mostly self thaught and by doing as many tours as possible.”

“Although I’ve been a tour guide for many years now, I still wanted to be offically trained for the job. So I graduated in 2016 for a course that was given in São Felipe. I decided to start working for myself so I could do exactly what I like to do, and what I think is important and meaningful.”

“Bordeira definitely is one of my favorite places of the island of Fogo. It’s located close to Chã das Caldeiras, as it’s the surroundings of the Pico do Fogo vulcano. Bordeira is about 29 square km, and you can easily hike here for 3 days.”

“After Fogo, my favorite places in Cape Verde are the islands of Santo Antão and Brava. I really love hiking with guests through the mountains of Santo Antão, but I also enjoy the small Brava a lot. I know many ‘secret’ places there that most people don’t know about.”

“Another place I love to go to is Mosteiros. The 5 hour hike is such a beautiful one. The Northern part of the island is so green, with a lof of vegetation, such as different fruits and coffee.“

“Doing a ‘cave tour’ around the vulcano is always special. These tours, around the tunnels of the Pico do Fogo can last for up to 12 hours. But there are many other things I love to do with my guests. I do surf lessons on Del Beach in São Felipe. And me and my father take guests fishing and whale watching.”

“It’s a shame that there are very little investments being made for the island. Fogo is such an incredible place that deserves so much more attention from the government. Tourism needs good infrastructure, so I hope we can expect improvements soon.”

“When tourists come to Fogo they are usually very surprised to see the diversity of Cape Verde. Especially if they have been to the beaches of Sal or Boa Vista they are blown away by how different Fogo is. My mission is to always show people the reality of our country, both positive and negative. I want people to experience the real Cape Verde.”

For more information about Fabio and his tours please check out the reviews and comments he has on Tripadvisor. He his proud to have been featured on The Lonely Planet.

Contact FAbio: +238 9755958 (WhatsApp)

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