Meetup Trekking Festival - 11th to 17th November 2020


Trip Style

Coastal Walk, Mountainous, Rolling hills


11th to 17th November


Monte Gordo Natural Park

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The Meetup Trekking Festival is a hiking event which has the purpose to promote the São Nicolau’s potential for trekking development as an anchor-tourism product, providing an opportunity for unique experiences in this sports discipline, coupled with the possibility of benefiting from the culture and lifestyle of local populations.


In addition to allowing practitioners to experience the island’s fantastic network of walking trails and paths, in particular, the surroundings of the Monte Gordo Natural Park, as well as being in close contact with rural communities, the program includes cultural and recreational activities and thematic workshops with national and international experts as part of the festival’s program.


São Nicolau is one of the Cabo Verde islands and perhaps one of the least known. It is located in the northwestern quadrant of this archipelago and is characterized by a mixture of landscapes, which includes an extensive mountain region, intersected by green valleys – where agricultural activity holds special importance – and by volcanic plains that end on a rocky coastline.


Birthplace of several Cape Verde’s intellectuals, São Nicolau reveals itself as a sanctuary of culture and natural beauty untouched by tourism. In its small territory, it holds two of the seven wonders of Cabo Verde: the “Monte Gordo” Natural Park and the Geosite of “Carbeirinho”. Whether for its landscape, culture, beaches of both black and white sand, or its welcoming people, it is time to discover São Nicolau


This event takes place every year in November.


Wednesday 11th November - Praia City, Santiago Island, Cabo Verde

Fly out on the 11th November

Thursday 12th November - Praia City

After a breakfast full of typical products, take some time to visit the historic area of Praia, its local market or the famous and typically African Sucupira market. In this market, you can find a little bit of everything. On the island of São Nicolau, there will be a short historical walk followed by a welcoming homemade dinner.


08h00. Breakfast at accommodation. Free morning in Praia city.
12h30. Transfer to the airport and flight to Ribeira Brava, São Nicolau.
14h35. Arriving at São Nicolau. Transfer to Ribeira Brava village. Check-in hotel “Pensão de Santo António”. Welcoming session at the hotel and walk around Ribeira Brava village
18h00. Return to the hotel.
19h30. Welcoming dinner

Friday 13th November - Walk Tarrafal (14km | D+ 700m | D- 560m)

This walk starts at the center of Ribeira Brava village. Through walls of volcanic dikes, we follow a stream valley, an authentic oasis, and begin a climb to the first viewpoint. The climb follows a trail that is often used by cattle. Arriving at the top, it’s possible to admire the entire Ribeira Brava valley, from the sea to Monte Cintinha, and at the same time, the entire plateau of Caleijão, overlooking the sloth airport and the sea on the south side of the island.


The arrival at Caleijão is made by a long road, after which a long and steep climb begins, but which provides one of the best views over the Caleijão plateau and the Preguiça field. Arriving at Tope d’Vermelin we will be welcomed by one of the best-preserved dry stone paths in São Nicolau. The path to Tarrafal is made by going around Monte de Fontainhas, always with a deep valley to the side, which after the rains forms several pools that reflect the blue sky on the rocky bottom. The village of Fontainhas, a place for raising cattle, welcomes us with its doors open to the sea. From here we start to see Tarrafal and a long descent to the sea begins.


08h00. Breakfast at accommodation.
09h00. Meeting the local guide. Start of the hike.
14h30. Arriving at Tarrafal. Check-in at the accommodation: Residential “Tocely”
15h30. Beginning of Meetup Festival 2020
20:00. Free dinner at Tarrafal

Saturday 14th November - Hiking, Workshops, Music, Arts and Food

On the fourth day of the festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities which are part of the Meetup Trekking Festival; hiking led by a local guide, workshops, arts, and local food.

The program of activities will be available soon.
Accommodation: Residential Tocely in Tarrafal

Sunday 15th November - Hiking, Workshops, Music, Arts and Food

Continuing with the program of activities, you will participate in activities such as hiking led by a local guide, workshops, arts, and local food.

The program of activities will be available soon.
Accommodation: Residential Tocely in Tarrafal

Monday 16th November - Return to Praia

This will be our last day in São Nicolau! During the morning you will be free to visit the place and make the last purchases “di terra”. On the way to the airport, a small stop will be made in the fishing village of Preguiça to visit its historic fort, where Pedro Alvares Cabral stopped during his trip to Brazil in 1461. A place full of history and fishing tradition. From there we return to the airport from where we will depart for the city of Praia, in Santiago.


08h30. Breakfast at accommodation
Free morning in Ribeira Brava village.
11h00. Visit to Preguiça and transfer to the airport.
15h45. Flight to Praia city.
16h30. Check-in Hotel Stªa Maria.
17h00. Visit to the old town of Praia, World Unesco Heritage
20h00. Goodbye dinner at Praia

Tuesday 17th November - Last day

Today we bid you farewell. Transfer to Praia International airport for your flight home.

-Free day
-Transfer to Praia international airport.
-Flight to Lisbon


  • Registration in the Meetup Trecking and its activities
  • Expert Guides
  • All transfers planned in the program, including the ones from and into the airport and luggage transport
  • 6 nights accommodation in local hotels, with room and private bathroom, Wi-Fi and breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (1 in São Nicolau and 1 in Praia)
  • 2 lunches
  • Picnic lunch for all walking days
  • Local hiking guide
  • Visit tour to Praia old town (Unesco Heritage)
  • All flights to Praia or Ribeira Brava (we recommend some options – see attach)
  • Airport Tax to be paid at your arrival at Praia airport (31€)
  • Touristic Tax to be paid in the hotels (2€/night)
  • Costs regarding dinners, drinks apart the ones mentioned in the program
  • Everything not mentioned in the program.


Way in & out : Cape Verde

From Lisbon to Praia : (11th of November)

  • Departure at 8:45 pm
  • Arrival at 00:05 am

From Praia to San Nicolau (12th of November)

  • Departure at 2:40pm
  • Arrival at 3:20 pm

From San Nicolau to Praia (16th of November)

  • Departure at 2:55pm
  • Arrival at 3:35pm

From Praia to Lisbon (17th of November)

  • Departure at 00:55 am
  • Arrival at 6:05 am


*Time to be confirmed






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