Cova - Krater
Cova - Krater
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
If you want to go by public transport- there is a daily aluguer (except Sunday) that leaves from in front of the Farmacia Sao Lucas between 11:00 to 11:30 in Ribeira Grande headed to Corda for 150CVE but continues to Espongeiro for 200CVE. I slept at Casa Espongeiro Guesthouse 9811526 for 2220CVE with shared bathroom and breakfast. Food is a bit expensive. The owner can help you with hikes in the area. The next morning it is under 1 hour to Cova Crater where you do the 4-5 hour hike down to the Paul Valley.
Written December 22, 2021
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Chris_KO
Koblenz, Germany1,799 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A huge volcanic crater 1200 m above sea level. The entire crater is used for agriculture, some of the farmers seem to live in the crater. The landscape is spectacular. The crater is the starting point for numerous hikes in the region.
Written March 23, 2024
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Hernany Lima
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
The volcanic crater of Cova is a crater of an ancient extinct volcano, situated 1585 meters above sea level . I am a guide and I usually do this every week and I am always amazed at the beauty of the place. For those who will do for the first time find the way to get a little complicated, if you want to do this course and need someone to connect with the local people and tell you a little about the customs and traditions of the Paul contact me. I'm Biologist and I work as a tour guide, If you need a guide is 20 euros without transport included. If you need to do a tour through paul costs 90 euros with transport included (up to 4 people) and 120 euros (5-14 people)
Written February 1, 2017
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Sara F
Lisbon, Portugal11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
If you can just ask for a car to put you in Cova and then it's just 4 hours walking (not difficult because you're going down) and seeing the landscape.
Written November 13, 2014
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marianne672
Sao Vicente, Cape Verde73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
The floor of the crater consists of many small vegetable gardens. You can be dropped off at the bottom and walk up or walk down and be picked up there. Try to get hiking maps via internet
Written January 20, 2013
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Emmanuel G
Albufeira, Portugal171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
The part of the island facing the south is almost completely dry, while the northeast zone enjoys relatively regular rainfall and is fairly green. A major product of the island is "grogre", a type of rum produced locally and very popular throughout the archipelago.

The island inside looks like "Jurassic Park" movie...amazing!
Written September 30, 2014
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AJD_8
Wilmslow, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
a sunken caldera at the top of the mountain range. If you take the highland route from porto nova to Ribeira Grande you will pass it. Worth a sop. If you are a hiker staying in the Paul valley then consider stopping here and walking down into your accomodation in the Paul valley.
Written February 14, 2020
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
The hike which is around 10/11km took around 4.5 hours. We took a taxi to the top of the southern side of the crater paying CVE 3,000 from Ponto do Sol for the 45 minute drive. From the drop off point a track leads down into the fertile crater base, walk clockwise on a clearly marked track, turn left shortly after reaching a small housing settlement where the path starts to climb. From here it is quite a steep assent towards the top rim of the crater, a gap in the mountain marks the start of a long descent at the head of the Ribeira taking around 2 hours to reach the first settlement at Manual dos Santos. From here you walk by road along the Ribeira passing several unspoilt villages until you eventually reach Pombas.

The track from our starting point to the first settlement was generally in good condition, mainly rough cobblestones with only occasional loose stone. The views on the descent are truly spectacular along the ribeira all the way to the sea. Once on the floor of the ribeira, the road itself has a cobblestone surface all the way to Pombas. There are a couple of alternative detours once on the road according to our guide book but we elected to stay on the main road because this is slightly elevated and provides good views all along the valley.

We are occasional hikers and with a reasonable degree of fitness the walk is certainly achievable. It is important to have good walking shoes and ideally walking poles which are a great help on the predominantly downward walk which is steep at times. At the rim of the crater we were in mist in the morning and the climate was distinctly cool so a windproof top is also recommended.

We enjoyed the walk which provides terrific views and contrasting vistas along the way plus a good insight into rural life; it is high on the list of great hikes we have undertaken around the world.
Written January 28, 2019
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Peter T
Nijmegen, The Netherlands332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The Cova to Pombas walk is indeed the number one thing to do on the island of Santo Antao. Although the next best walk (Cruzinha to Ponta do Sol) can compete!

The walk starts on top of the Cova crater. There you start walking to the other side of the crater, in the direction of the clock, starting at about “18 hours “. At about “22 hours” you passed a group of pine trees and 3 houses. Be aware, it is at this point that you should keep left (!) so you continue clockwise and taking the high road on the crater side, to take the high pass at “24 hours” instead of the bigger right going road that takes you downwards to leave the crater on a normal road. Easy to miss this “left” as by intuition one would take the bigger road on the right side.

Having taken this left road it curves a bit strangely but it cannot go wrong (as there is only the mountainside you cannot cross) and it takes you to the right pass where you have an amazing view on The Valley to Pombas. And where you start a quite adventurous decent.
Written December 30, 2018
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Bert V
Houthulst, Belgium3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
An amazing walk from this crater towards Paul. Straightforward, descending about 1300m to the sea, through one of the greenest valleys Santo Antao has to offer
Written December 26, 2018
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