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Hiking & Trekking 
Santiago Island

Santa Cruz is a municipality renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, featuring streams lined with various crops and lush vegetation. Walking through visitors can experience a diverse range of agricultural crops including sugarcane, banana trees, papaya trees, coconut palms, beans, and more. This variety of landscapes and agricultural cultures makes Santa Cruz a unique place to explore and appreciate the natural beauty and local life of Cape Verde.

Rui Vaz, situated in the southern part of Santiago Island at an elevation of 820 meters within the Pico de Antónia mountain range, is enveloped by lush forested expanses and fertile agricultural fields. Renowned for its pristine air quality, it stands as a prime example of Santiago Island's diverse ecosystems. Rui Vaz is notable for hosting a considerable proportion (17%) of Cape Verde's endemic plant species.

The trail through Rui Vaz offers a journey through breathtaking landscapes, weaving past agricultural terrains and verdant forests. Along the way, visitors can immerse themselves in the traditional yet captivating daily life of the region's inhabitants. This trail not only showcases the natural beauty of Rui Vaz but also provides insights into the rich cultural heritage and agricultural practices of Santiago Island.

The Serra Malagueta park area is one of the most famous and legendary in the entire island of Santiago and Cape Verde. During a long walk you will have the opportunity to learn more about the fauna, flora, history, volcanic formation of the island. A forest area protected with some escarpments where the presence of endemisms is significant.

The area contains the largest number of endemic plants on the island of Santiago, 14 of which are classified as threatened in Cape Verde's red list.

The Rebeira Grande trail is interesting because of its historical locations. The journey begins in a small town Calebaceira north of Cidade Velha. Thru the valley you will encounter numerous farms with sugar cane, banana and other vegetables. Also on the way you will pass by several distilleries of Grouge "rum", numerous baobab trees and amazing rock textures. Finally you will reach the old city where you encounter the first street name "Rua da Banana" and the church of Nossa Sehnora Rosario, one of the first church in Catholic Church in West of Africa.

Located in the middle of the island, with a magnificent view, offering an exceptional panorama of island, Pico d'Antónia is the highest mountain on the island of Santiago, with 1394 meters of altitude. Of volcanic origin and with a topography where strong slopes predominate, the island of Santiago is subject to the adverse characteristics of endogenous factors, tributaries of fragility of the natural environment.

Ribeira Principal belongs to the municipality of São Miguel, located 50 km west of the capital city, Praia. It is an agricultural settlement comprised of several localities like: Chão de Horta, Hotelão and Mato Curral.

The lush vegetation is a striking characteristic of the region, as well as the rugged mountains that offer breathtaking views through their winding curves. However, what truly impresses is the challenging life of the local residents. Along the way through cultivated areas of maize, beans, pumpkin, and potatoes, it is common to encounter friendly and hospitable residents, including children, as this path also serves as a daily route for the local population.

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