August 21, 2019
CLIMBING PEAKS TOUR 8DAYS/7NIGHTS IN SÃO TOME & PRINCIPE ISLANDS
Written By Ramiro Neto
The hospitality of the Sao Tome people awaits you in a small archipelago with much to discover. Paradisiacal beaches of clear water, splendid vegetation and a unique fauna mirror the natural beauty of this region. The Portuguese colonial heritage remains well represented in the local architecture and mountain fields. Locally produced coffee and cocoa aromas add even more charm to this route,
(Arrival to São Tome) TAP flight from Portugal(Lisbon)
*Meet & Greet
*Transfer from the APT to hotel
*Dinner at hotel
Climbing Peak of Sao Tome *Breakfast
We depart from city and drive for about 1 hour to get to Bom Sucesso.
From here we will be trekking for about 8 hours up and down several smaller peaks like as Pico Calvário (1.595 m. above sea level) and Morro Pinheiro (1.606 m.) About halfway, at Estaçao Sousa, a break and a picnic is foreseen.
After about 4 more hours of climbing, we will camp and stay overnight at the plateau of Mesa (1.870 m.) after a picnic dinner prepared by the guide.
* The following morning we will get up early to have breakfast then do the last 30 minutes of climbing.
We reach Pico at the break of day with the hope to be able to see the whole island beneath our feet before the clouds start impeaching the view. The descending is made
in about 7 hours down the opposite side of Pico to the West Coast, where the 4WD await at Ponta Figo.
Weather and time permitting, we may take a swim at Praia das Conchas or Lagoa Azul on our way back.
Dinner : at hotel in city
FREE DAY AT HOTEL
* Spa service
*Lunch at hotel
*Relaxing and enjoy the hotel
*Dinner at hotel
*Check out at hotel
*Transfer to airport for domestic flight to Principe
Meet &Greet at PCP APT
Transfer to hotel
*Check in at hotel in Principe
*Lunch in hotel
*Relaxing and enjoy the beautiful landscape around the hotel
*Dinner in hotel
Climbing Papagaio Peak
· Breakfast at hotel
The Pico Papagaio is an emblematic peak of Príncipe Island. Visible from the capital, its altitude is aproximately 700 meters and has volcanic origins. Surrounded by secondary and primary forest, it is located inside the Príncipe Natural Park. Along the trail to the summit, many birds, monkeys, orquids, and medicinal plants can be observed.
The peak has only occasionally been explored. The first expedition dated back to 1929. A second trip was made in 1956, but could not make a serious botanical inventory due to poor weather. The 1999 trip found that the mountain rises from a heavily forested plateau with elevation 600 to 700 metres (2,000 to 2,300 ft).
Views of the island are spectacular!
· Lunch (Picnic) on peak
*Return to hotel
*Dinner at hotel
Breakfast at hotel
· Check out and transfer to PCP APT for return domestic flight to TMS
· *Check in at hotel
· Relaxing at hote
· Lunch at hotel
· *Dinner at hotel
City tour You can stroll around the city, appreciate the colonial architecture and the people.
Points of interest: the markets, the cathedral (Our Lady of Grace), the national museum (Fort of S. Sebastian), the Art gallery, etc.
· It is an opportunity to buy souvenirs
· Lunch at Filimar or Papafigo restaurant
· Opportunity for souvernis
· Retur n hotel
· *Relaxing in hotel till depart time
· Check out and transfer to airport for flight home
• Hotel + breakfast in Sao Tome city (HB), 2 nights
*Camping tent 1 night (FB) Picnic
• 3 day of tour … with lunch + water included
*Vehicle + driver + english speaking guide
*All transfer included
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