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Pico Do Fogo

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Address: Cha das Caldeiras, Fogo, Cape Verde

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Our original plan had been to stay at Casa Marisa and go up the Pico do Fogo with a local guide. Due to a back injury of mine a few days earlier on São Vicente island we had to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 January 2017
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Our original plan had been to stay at Casa Marisa and go up the Pico do Fogo with a local guide. Due to a back injury of mine a few days earlier on São Vicente island we had to give up this idea. At least we still managed to do a 3 hours walk (at my slow pace) to the... More 

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italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We visited the small village sunk under the latest eruption and it was a shocking view, a mixture of sorrow and vital reaction, very instructive. Then the stroll under the peak, across the "moon-like" view created by the volcano were magic and incredible, really one of the peak moments of our stay in Cabo Verde.

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We set out from our hotel in the valley of Cha das Caldeiras just before it got light to begin our ascent of Fogo. The darkness was intensified by the blackness of the surrounding lava flow until gradually we saw other torches heading towards the volcano. We were grateful for our early start as it was still relatively cool and... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Travelled with my girlfriend to several islands in Cape Verde and we had a really amazing experience. Pico do Fogo was maybe the most amazing part

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The ascent to the peak is demanding but doable in about 3 hours, the view from the top is amazing, the descent along the ashes is just fantastic!!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I elected to trek the mountain myself. Having studied as many maps and satellite imagery, I decided it was safe enough to not need to buy into a tour. Granted, I probably missed out on lots of tid-bits of information that o ly local tour guides etc have. But I relished purity, solitude and beauty of the place. The weather... More 

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Clitheroe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

It's a hard climb with a very early start - pre 5am. Use a local guide who explain all the history and devastation of the eruptions over the decades. Long, hard ascent with some narrow and rocky parts but at the top - wow. Views over the island and of the whole ancient caldeira, and down to the sea. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

It was a life time experience. Take lots of water and small snacks. Don't climb without a guide. There are lots of them in Chã das Caldeiras. They live inside the Volcano and since children know the best places to climb it. It is cheap and safer. It is magical!

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Wervik, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

we visited the huge crater of this vulcano. really impressive. last eruption in 2014 two villages completely covered with lava !! and unbelievably certain people are coming back and rebuild their house on top of the lava ! (which is still hot!) several vignyards on the edges of the crater (and almost all cape verdian wine comes from this area... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

we had a full day tour to the site of the volcano and walked on the virgin lava.We also had a good meal in the restaurant which is located in the centre of the park.

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