9 days in Cape Verde & Fogo Itinerary

9 days in Cape Verde & Fogo Itinerary

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Ilha do Sal
— 4 nights
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Mindelo, Sao Vicente
— 2 nights
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Cha das Caldeiras
— 1 night
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Sao Filipe
— 1 night
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Praia, Santiago
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Ilha do Sal

— 4 nights
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Ilha do Sal is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a pleasant ride with Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Cabo Verde: Pure yoga, head outdoors with Shark Bay, and explore the activities along Buracona.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ilha do Sal trip site.

Pittsburgh, USA to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Cape Verde Standard Time (CVT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In December, Ilha do Sal is much hotter than Pittsburgh - with highs of 80°F and lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mindelo.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Mindelo, Sao Vicente

— 2 nights
Situated on the northern tip of Sao Vicente island, the lively port town of Mindelo envelops crescent-shaped Porto Grande Bay and houses almost all of the island's population.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): kick back and relax at Praia da Laginha, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Verde, then get into the urban bustle at Positivos, and finally stop by Capvertdesign+Artesanato. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then pause for some photo ops at Torre de Belem.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mindelo trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Ilha do Sal to Mindelo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Mindelo, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cha das Caldeiras.

Things to do in Mindelo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Cha das Caldeiras

— 1 night
Chã das Caldeiras is a small community of approximately 1,000 inhabitants within the crater of the volcanic Pico do Fogo on the island of Fogo, one of nine inhabited islands comprising Cape Verde and a volcanic plateau being the largest in Cape Verde, it is at the foot of the rim mountain of Bordeira. Pico Do Fogo has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Pico Do Fogo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cha das Caldeiras online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mindelo to Cha das Caldeiras by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Sao Filipe.

Things to do in Cha das Caldeiras

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Sao Filipe

— 1 night
The second-oldest town in Cape Verde, Sao Filipe enchants visitors on their San Filipe holiday with intricately decorated colonial architecture and rich, black volcanic sands.
To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sao Filipe online attractions planner.

You can drive from Cha das Caldeiras to Sao Filipe in 2 hours. You will leave for Praia on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Sao Filipe

Wildlife · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Praia, Santiago

The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Praia route builder site.

Traveling by taxi from Sao Filipe to Praia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Praia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Cape Verde travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Scuba & Snorkeling
The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.

Fogo travel guide

4.2
Volcanos · Churches · Wine Tours & Tastings
Island of the Volcano
The result of violent geologic history, Fogo burst from the sea in series of volcanic eruptions, which created a fertile land and some of the highest peaks in the country. During your vacation in Fogo, you can explore the crater slopes of a stratovolcano, where locals grow coffee and produce their famous wine. Start your tour of Fogo at the island's capital, which possesses quaint cobbled streets, Portuguese architecture and squares, and pastel-colored residential houses made of wood. One of the best ways to explore the entire island is by hooking up with a local guide, getting your walking shoes on, and going on one of the popular hiking tours.