Pico Do Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras

4.6
#3 of 11 in Nature in Cape Verde
#Volcano, #Mountain, #Must See
Cape Verde's highest peak, Pico Do Fogo dominates the island from a height of 2,829 m (9,281 ft). An active volcano, this mountain can only be climbed with a guide--a trip to the top takes you through a caldera village and across an otherworldly landscape of alternating volcanic ash and lush vegetation. As you climb, look for cultivated patches on which the locals grow bananas, coffee, papaya, and beans. Put Pico Do Fogo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cha das Caldeiras online trip itinerary planner .
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  • FOGO is worth the detour. you are attracted to volcanoes, by a performance of ascent, by an excellent Muscatel wine, by surprising landscapes, by the climate, the scenery, by 600 years of history, by human contact.. .or simply by a creole "e atmosphere xceptionnelle "melee d Africa, Brazil, of Portugal"
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  • All the views are spectacular and the seas of lava, that is after the latest eruptions offer a chilling landscape for nature that is.
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  • We had a lot of fun hiking this mountain. The hike takes between 6 and 7 hours, but only about half of that is spent climbing up. There is a big peak, and then you can have the option of going to the ...  more »
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  • This is not the volcano. A long time ago, This volcano was 10x as high. It was so high and so steep it collapsed. The amount of material dumped into the ocean made a tsunami 200 ft tall. You can see the crater and you can see where parts of the island collapsed. I find it really neat that the magma has already made a new mini volcano in its place.
  • Fogo is an active stratovulcano that erupted as recently as 2014. The views are amazing but it's true that getting to top will require some effort. Fogo will test your endurance ;) I didnt have a guide - and at least once I came to a dead end and had to backtrack. Apart from random boulders that sometimes come down with massive speed I dont think there are many risks involved. You might also see some smoke / fumes on top.
  • Very nice place :)
  • Wasn't very easy going up,you NEED a guide in order to find your way. You get to see smoke in the volcano when up and the most fulfilling landscape throughout I highly recommend Jose for a guide.
  • Good place
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