CABO VERDE ENDURO/ALL MOUNTAIN

The genuine grass roots trip for experienced riders !
A fabulous trip on the island of Santo Antao, this archipelago of more than 12 islands located off the coast of Senegal, with its summit at 2800m, is not on the tourist trail and keeps an unspoilt character on the majority of its islands. Santo Antao is certainly the most interesting island which can only be reached by boat. It’s unique and breathtaking trails will introduce you to its friendly inhabitants, villages and places unknown to tourists, and will take you from its mountains higher than 1500m down to the ocean along its fabulous network of trails. Due to the difficulty and remoteness of some of the trails, this voyage is only for people in good physical condition with good technical knowledge and already having Enduro mountain biking experience.
 

 

Day 1 : Meet the riders at Mindelo airport, island of Sao Vicente. 15 minute transfer to our hotel in Mindelo. Evening meal together and walk around Mindelo.We sleep in the superb Terra lodge Mindelo.http://www.terra-lodge.net

 

Day 2 : Leave for the port to catch the morning ferry which will take us in one hour to the island of Santo Antao. Arrival at Porto Novo, load the luggage on the bus and one hour transfer to our hotel on the north coast of the island. Unpack and reassemble the bikes, a light meal and departure in our shuttle bus to the heights of the island, a descent from 1200m to 500m for this first run of the week. Evening meal in one of the village restaurants  which serves island specialities .We sleep in Ponta do sol pension.Différents bars with music. Difference in altitude +100m-700m

 

Day 3 : 50 mins transfer to the Lagoa plateau at 1400m then across part of the plateau with crop fields and gravel singletracks encountering local inhabitants on our way before we descend into the Joao Alfonso valley on a superb mountainside singletrack typical of the island. Then we reach the first villages and their sugarcane plantations, which produce, among other things, the local rum, Grog. Meal in Ribeira grande village.Than second shuttle to the plateau we take à nice trail in pin forest to Corda with nice wiews and then finisch in the walley.We sleep in Ponta do sol. +300m-2400m
 

Day 4 : Transfer to the village of Pico Da Cruz at 1500m. From there, we’ll take trails and singletracks along a ridge with great views of the nearby island of Sao Vicente. Then we descend the north slope on a spectacular single track to Janela directly in the sea front.Short transfert to Ribeira for the dinner and transfert to Cova de Paul and his switchbacks.We ride the Paul valley and stop in Vila das Pombas for the evening meal and sleeping in our Pension.  +300m-2900m

 

Day 5 : Transfer to Marocos 1600m with the jeep, from her we take à double tracks with nice wiews and a nice single tracks to Figueiras valley where wie stop for the dinner in à local family.After thats we ride to the end of the valley and take a nice trails alongs the coast with amazing wiews of the coast.We finisch in a superb beach before taking the shuttle.Transfert to Cha de Morte where we sleep in à family house.+400m -1600m

 

 Day 6 : Transfer to the Norte plateau that we cross over using trails and singletracks passing local inhabitants and their mud houses on our way, a magical place, we ride the plateau with single tracks and take the spéctacular trails Bordeira de norte with many switchbacks to Cha de morte where we stop for the dinner.After that's transfert to Alto mira valley, we take a superb trails up and dowhn to the sea or other option from alto mira we go back to Ribeira das patas valley with à nice trails.We sleep in Cha de Morte.+400m -1400m 

Day 7 : This morning, transfer by jeep to the south and the port of Porto Novo where we catch the ferry back to Mindelo. Lunch in Mindelo and visit of the town, afternoon for shopping or beachs.Tonight last beer or cocktails in Mindelo with différents music bars.We sleep in the superb Terra lodge Mindelo. 

 

  Day 8 : This morning, last breakfast in the superb terrasse of the Eco lodge, last time in the pool, we pack the bikes and short transfert to the airport, bye and obrigado!

Season :november, décember, February, march arrive Saturday return Saturday

Next départure:november 2018 or on request, minimum 4 riders

P.S: The number of kilometers and the altitude profiles can vary slightly as the rides are adaptable (where possible) on site and depending on levels and requests.

 

Details

Prices:
 -4 peoples 1390euros or 1590frs /5 peoples 1250 euros or 1450frs /6 peoples or more 1150 euros or 1350frs
 

 

Included:
- 5 days mountain biking on the most beautiful singletracks on the island of Santo Antao
- 5 nights in hotel Pension or local house and two night in a superb Terra lodge hotel in Mindelo
- Local French or Swiss cycling Guide
- All vehicle transfers included
- All meals
- Boat transfer from Mindelo to Porto Novo and return included

-T-shirt besttrails

-Turist taxes

 

 

Not included :
- Flights to Sao Vicente island (TAP Portugal flights Lisbon-Sao Vicente)

- Airport taxes

- Water, apéritifs etc...

- Personal liability insuranc

- Tips

-Meals day 8

 

 

Technical level : intermediaire to expert
Physical level : intermediaire to expert

 

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