Fogo, Cape Verde

Fogo and neighboring Ilha Brava are the southernmost islands of Cape Verde and at the western end of the Sotavento group. Unlike some of the other islands in the archipelago which were named after saints, Fogo’s name goes back to the volcanic activity of its dominant feature Pico do Fogo, at 2,829 meters the highest elevation of Cape Verde and also its largest volcano. The third Cape Verde island to be settled by Portuguese –there is no indication of human activity before the Portuguese voyages of exploration - the discovery of Fogo is celebrated with horse races and the “Festas do São Filipe” on May 1. Sao Filipe is Fogo’s largest city with 20,000 inhabitants and the fourth-largest of Cape Verde. Sao Filipe lies on the western flank of a giant volcano which in his 9 kilometer wide caldera has the Pico do Fogo, an active stratovolcano which last erupted in 2014-15 and still today emits sulphur vapor through its fumaroles.

Tour 1 Fogo Volcanic Island

Discover the volcano Pico do Fogo on the island of Fogo, Cape Verde. The island of Fogo is a majestic cone reaching out of the ocean with the volcano, the Pico de Fogo, as its center. All over the island until the very near foot of this volcano there are little villages. What appears grey on your first approach will become, at a closer look, the most beautiful display of color the archipelago has to offer. The word "fogo" means fire, which is the element that can be sensed all over Fogo: in the people's minds, in the deep red of their wine and the lava-landscape of the Chã das Caldeiras. Fogo being the hottest island of the archipelago, we use the morning freshness Upon arrival, take a 2-hour hike to Pico Pequeño and learn about the latest volcanic eruption. Drive in the early morning up the road to the crater to 1600 meters in altitude, leaving Sao Filipe behind you in order to start your hike. With every meter of altitude the beauty of the island is further revealed.

Climb the "vulcaozinho" (the small volcano, as the local population calls him) that awoke during 1995's eruption. From 200 meters in altitude you overlook the lava fields of several eruptions of the last century. Learn the story of the 2014 eruption that most of the guides witnessed. Walking towards the two crater villages, pass by many plants which make their living nourished by the rich volcanic soil. A delicious lunch awaits you to reward your effort and give the strength back to you. Enjoy a tasting of locally produced wine before you transfer back to the pier. Please note: This is an active hiking tour with an elevation at a 45 degree angle over rocks and stones as well as fine lava stones. The hike is approx. 2.5 hours up and around a little peak and then over and back down the other side.

Tour 2 Fogo: The Eruptions

Discover the island of Fogo, a majestic cone reaching out of the ocean with the volcano, the Pico de Fogo, as its center. All over the island until the very near foot of this volcano there are little villages. What appears grey on your first approach will become, at a closer look, the most beautiful display of color the archipelago has to offer. The word "fogo" means fire, which is the element that can be sensed all over Fogo: in the people's minds, in the deep red of their wine and the lava-landscape of the crater, the heart of the volcano is simmering everywhere. The ride up into the crater is a thrill and suddenly after a bend, finally see the majestic volcano: quiet, sunny and simply impressive. Your guide shows you the different eruptions that the crater underwent - namely the one of 1951, 1995 and the latest, of November 2014. Walk on petrified lava fields and pass by numerous remains of houses that were destroyed. Imagine the power that projected this cone to more than 2,800 meters above sea level; and imagine the amount of lava that was spewed out. After your trip to the lava field, enjoy a tasting of local wine and snacks. Then take a panoramic drive to and through Sao Filipe before making the return trip back to the ship.

Tour 3 Colonial City of Sao Filipe

Discover the charming city of Sao Filipe with its colonial architecture of Portuguese influence, exploring the secret corners of this colonial town on a guided tour. At the heart of this colorful town learn about the history, the daily life and the culture of its people. Visit the local museum, and listen to your guides' stories - which include witnessing the great volcanic eruption of 1995. No tour of Sao Filipe would be complete without a tasting of the local coffee. Stop at a small colonial house used as the Coffee Museum. Enjoy a taste of local coffee and also have a chance to buy the coffee produced on the island as you listen to the explanations from Aguinaldo, whose family has been on the coffee business for several generations. Here you can also purchase local crafts including hand jewelry made from the lava rocks. Continue the visit with a stop at the sea front to visit a traditional bakery. Taste one more of the island's delicacies: cookies made on the old stone oven. The sweetness of the scent from the bakery is only matched by the smile on the face of your hostess, Maria Augusta. Make the short transfer back to the ship.

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