From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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This is one of the best day tours I've ever taken. Of course it's nice to get to take a tour of the island, but the highlight was our guides Admilson and Ailton sharing so much of the local culture. Admilson took us to his childhood home, where his mother made us more cuscuz and fidjós than we could eat. He told us about his family's background, in relationship to the history of the island, which helped give us some insight into the history and culture of Cabo Verde. Ailton took us on an impromptu visit into a local school, where we got to meet some of the children and listen to them sing. And when we went to the Rabelados village, everyone came out to see Admilson, who the kids referred to as their godfather. Everywhere we went on the island, they knew the locals, and it felt like we were welcome guests instead of tourists. I hope that I can travel with them again when I come back someday to visit the other islands. Obrigado!
This trek is great !!! The human qualities and the incredible knowledge of our guide Euclid and our driver Adminson (sorry for the spelling…) made this moment unforgettable. The very simple meeting with the villagers along the way gave us a taste of the daily life (rough, but simple and joyful) of the Cape Verdeans of the countryside. THANK YOU
There were only two of us and were accompanied by a driver and guide in a minivan - so the tour looked rather VIP-like for us. The Samuel and Jilson were very accommodating and made all our wishes possible (eating at a local restaurant e.g. away from the tourist restaurants).
Wonderful tour and very friendly helpful, and engaging guides. Definitely doing a tour with them again.