Trip Tips: Scaling Cabo Verde's volcanic ridges

Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:05pm EST
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By Emma Farge

PRAIA (Reuters) - Portuguese colonial officers in the 17th and 18th centuries perceived the West African slave-trading hub of Cabo Verde as a dead-end posting - often literally because of its propensity for drought and tropical disease.

Today the wind-pummeled, volcanic archipelago 600 km (370 miles) off the coast of Senegal is a growing tourist spot, offering dramatic landscapes for hikers, along with a vibrant music scene and year-round sunshine. (Map:

In the past three years, the number of tourists going to Cabo Verde - also known as Cape Verde - has beaten the rate for Africa's $34 billion market, growing on average each year by nearly 20 percent, according to a U.N. report.

National Geographic has called it a "must see" destination for this year.

Here are tips about getting the most out of a trip to Cabo Verde from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.


Cabo Verde's vertigo-inducing mountains seem to burst straight out of the ocean and are the perfect destination for winter hiking.

In Santo Antao, colorful hamlets cling to blades of basalt rock thrusting upwards across a lunar landscape. In the steep valley of Ribeira de Torre, thin rivers tumble down waterfalls surrounded by yam, pawpaw and banana plants. Some of the plunge pools have guppies that nibble your toes.   Continued...