São Vicente Island: Full-Day Tour
- 6 hours
- Small group
- Pickup available
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First, I have to make a reprimand. Somehow there were communication problems between GetYourGuide and the local provider, since the tour of Mindelo was in the description according to GetYourGuide, but the local provider knew nothing about it. In addition, we only had an English-speaking driver and no guide in the true sense. Nevertheless, he mastered his job more than excellently and at the end of the tour also made the tour of Mindelo and also visited additional sights with us. The GetYourGuide description didn't say anything about bathing suits either, but according to the driver, a one-hour stop at the beach in Salamansa is part of the program. Somehow there is a worm in there, so a correction of the description or a clarification from the local provider is necessary. All in all, it was a successful excursion thanks to the efforts of our driver. I cannot give GetYourGuide any praise
As part of our cruise, we spent a day in the port of Mindelo, São Vicente. We were the only two participants. Our guide Freddy picked us up punctually at the agreed meeting point. Freddy speaks good English and explains very well. Monte Verde has a great view but you should bring a jacket or sweater as the strong winds are quite chilly. A bit of freezing is worth it for the view of Mindelo and the neighboring island of Santo Antao! During the tour, Freddy told us a lot about the way of life on São Vicente and the problems caused by climate change and Covid. In Porto Calhau we went for lunch on Freddy's recommendation. There was fresh fish typical of the country with various side dishes. We found the most impressive dune landscape south of Praia das Gatas with its unique play of colors. The times were strictly adhered to and we were back in port on time. Freddy, thanks for the nice day!
We were picked up by Lino and he showed us everything that we were interested in very individually. At the same time he gave us an insight into life on Sao Vicente: scarcity of water, job market, living conditions, medical care, development of tourism, etc. ... he was able to report a lot and well. Not only the tourist highlights such as the market square and the "green mountain" were in the foreground, but also life in the villages, various natural beaches and a meal together in a restaurant frequented mainly by locals were part of our tour. We were happy and satisfied.
Since we had done a jeep tour on the island before, this time we wanted to get an impression of the entire island. This worked wonderfully. Our guide gave us an incredible amount of information. All in all we were very satisfied.
Our guide Freddy drove us to the most interesting and beautiful places on the island in an informative manner and in accordance with our personal wishes. We had a great and eventful day and recommend the tour!