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Pico Do Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras

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Must see · Mountain · Hidden Gem · Volcano
Cape Verde's highest peak, Pico Do Fogo dominates the island from a height of 2,829 m (9,281 ft). An active volcano, this mountain can only be climbed with a guide--a trip to the top takes you through a caldera village and across an otherworldly landscape of alternating volcanic ash and lush vegetation. As you climb, look for cultivated patches on which the locals grow bananas, coffee, papaya, and beans. Put Pico Do Fogo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cha das Caldeiras online trip itinerary planner.
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  • Cha de Caldeiras is very impressive with its people building their houses directly on top and in between the fields of lava. They grow very good vine and coffee which can be bought there directly...  more »
  • Depending on your fitness it's between 3hrs and 4hrs to hike up and then much less to get down! The trail is NOT paved and can be difficult if you suffer from vertigo but put all that aside, get a...  more »
  • Beautiful hike up to the summit. A guide is not really necessary (you can follow the other hikers with guides) but it is not a bad thing to support the locals. Be aware of false tracks made by the guides! Normally the ascent runs through rocky ground and not through loose gravel.
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