Hike up to Cova, the crater of the volcano at Santo Antão, Cape Verde
The hike up to the crater at Santo Antão, Cape Verde, is probably the most famous walk on the island.
As the taxi approached Paúl, I understood why the locals were telling me I should do the walk from Cova to Paúl and not uphill as I was wanting to.
Ahead of me was the 750 m uphill from Paul to Cova. It seemed both challenging and time-consuming, but nothing I could change then.
Our driver, Neu, asked us one last time jokingly if we were sure about what we wanted to do, adding “it might be difficult.”
Before this trip, I had the opportunity to study these trails, so it didn’t come as a surprise.
Being a hard accomplishment, I was prepared to see rare fellow travelers.
In fact, on the way up, we only had a few interesting lads as companions for a while.
One little guy was riding a donkey, who did not seem to mind the task.
There was also a young couple who climbed happily entertained and with identifiable complicity.
Continuing our way up, we crossed many groups of hikers led by local guides going downhill.
This trail offers many opportunities for landscape photography.
On that particular day, there were quite some clouds blocking the view, and in a few minutes all changed for the worse, and I couldn’t see anything.
In this intoxication of thoughts, my head immediately began to imagine the effort required to embody this extensive work in a country with as few resources as this one.
It was undoubtedly at the expense of the many Cape Verdeans’ arm labors and also thanks to many donkeys carrying the loads to less accessible places.
An abundant resource here is called time. It is a precious commodity needed for the good things of life.
Around here, there is no hurry for almost anything, as I’m sure happened to build this path.
When I was a child, I heard my parents and uncles talking about this trail.
Walking up there is also a way of honoring these memories.
Enjoy the walk and photos.