1 independent reviews for Santo Antao walking holidays, Cape Verde Islands

Reviews for Santo Antao walking holidays, Cape Verde Islands

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review 1 Dec 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The hiking in Santo Antao is outstanding. The scenery is spectacular and the paths are generally pretty good with the locals always ready to lend a hand when you get lost. The local transfers of bags and hikers was generally very reliable (couple of minor issues but nothing more than we expected). The local "agent on the ground" was very good and Deborah did more than could be expected to help us to get sorted out after our delayed start. The accommodation was of a reasonable standard and generally better than we expected. Food was good except at the Casa das Illhas in the Paul Valley.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do not rely on the tour operator to help out if things go wrong with your flights, they won't! We went on the self guided trek and managed pretty well but some of the tour operator's instructions are wrong and the GPS waypoints they provided were just a list at the end of the directions with no reference to where they applied to! Experienced hikers will be fine and if the directions were simply updated/corrected it could be easy.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The local people are very poor and tourism is really helping their economy with many of them directly employed by it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a great time after a very difficult start due to the plane having to return to Lisbon because of a sandstorm.

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