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Secrets of São Tomé 10 Days Tour – Summer

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  • 10 Days
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Aug 29 - Sep 07

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Imagine arriving at one of the last paradises on Earth! A tiny island with untouched nature, hidden from the modern, frenzied, world… From waterfalls in the middle of the jungle, to banana-shaped beaches passing through a National Park, these islands of the Gulf of Guinea boast of being one of the least visited places on the planet! This exotic paradise is the part of land closest to the centre of the planet – coinciding with the passage of the Equator and very close to the zero meridian. Inhabited with friendly people, it offers tasteful gastronomy, amazing landscapes gold sand beaches and much more…

Rewind the clock, here you are back in time, when the pressure was lesser than nowadays… São Tomé is one of the safest places in Africa, and malaria has almost been eradicated. You´ll be surprised to discover how simple life is here and you will discover the chilled pace of life…the famous “leve leve” …

You will discover the famous “roça” (pronounced “raw- sa”) and their unique architectural style, inherited from centuries of Portuguese colonial history.
Souvenirs can be found at local handcraft shops and you may enjoy a whole set of organic and handmade products derived from coffee, cocoa, coconut, sugar cane, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper…   São Tomé is the place for aromas…

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Price Includes:

  • Double/Twin rooms is the base of calculation for even numbers of pax.
  • Odd numbers do only increment 1 single room (all others are counted as double).
  • All below activities/items are included:Lagoa Amelia hike Dolphin’s boat tour Snorkel coach + paddle Angolares hike Rolas boat transfer Homem da capa hike Mangrove tour Corallo chocolate visit All fees related to Excursions (museums, tickets etc.) Mineral water and snacks.
  • Wild trek 3 days include:boat transfer to São Miguel 1 expert guide, 2 assistants Day 1 picnic, day 2 all meals, day 3 breakfast (lunch at Ecolodge upon arrival)
  • Below meals included:Welcome Dinner Monte Cafe lunch Picnic Blue lagoon Dinner monte forte Picnic Angolares dam Lunch Mionga Lunch rolas island Dinner Suzanna Gastronomical lunch

Price Excludes:

  • Airline tickets. Rate from €855-1025, flying from Lisbon. *
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa: €20 if required - An electronic visa that is obtained online
  • Covid PCR test 40EUR
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Travellers must also pay 21 USD / 18 € for airport taxes at departure plus 5 % tax on services payable in local currency

Extra:

– Plane ticket reservation: €30

Itinerary

DAY 1 – 29AUG ARRIVAL

1755  Airport pick and transfer to hotel
Welcome dinner and presentation of itinerary

DAY 2 – 30AUG CENTER ROAD

Hike to Amelia Lagoon (3 to 4 hours)
Lunch at Roça Monte Cafe
Visit of Roça Monte Café and museum of coffee.
Free dinner

 

Level: easy / moderate (can be slippery after the rain)
Altitude of departure:  1100 m; Highest point: 1460 m. Cumulated denivelation: about 500 m (we have to go down in the crater…)

DAY 3 – 31AUG NORTH ROAD - Ocean Day

Dolphin / Whales boat tourr
Picnic lunch at Blue Lagoon or Tamarindos beach Swim, relax, sunbathes
Snorkelling with local coach and paddle board
Dinner at Roça Monte Forte

DAY 4 – 01SEP NORTH ROAD - Waterfall hike and sight seeing

Hike to Angolares Waterfall and Water tunnels
Picnic lunch at the water dam
Visit of CECAB (Cocoa cooperative at Monte Forte)
Sightseeing (Tunnel of Santa Catarina ad other northern spots)
Free dinner (at the Roça if booked in advance, or in Neves, Santola giant crabs)
Accommodation: Pension Roça Monte Forte

Level: easy/ moderate
Altitude of departure: about 300m; Denivelation: 400m approximately

DAY 5 – 02SEP START OF WILD TREK TO PORTO ALEGRE

Boat transfer to Roça São Miguel
Start of the hike in the wildest and most abandoned part of São Tomé (no roads…)
Crossing 3 rivers – untouched beaches and environment (5 to 7 hours hike depending on participants physical fitness)
Picnic lunch and arrival at Santo Antonio Mussacavu
Installation of the camp – sleeping in tents.
Camp dinner

Level: Moderate to difficult
Altitude of departure: sea level; Arrival point: sea level; Denivelation: about 200 m

DAY 6 – 03SEP PLANTATION LIFE DISCOVERY AND RELAX

Untouched beach – relax – swim Walk in the plantations Meeting with local people
Tasting “buzio do mato” local snails Lunch at camp
Relax afternoon Dinner at the camp
Accommodation: camp with tents
Breakfast and dismounting of the camp

Level: Moderate
Altitude of departure: sea level; Arrival point: sea level; Denivelation: about 100 m

DAY 7 – 04SEP END OF THE TREK - GOING TO PORTO ALEGRE

Hike to Porto Alegre / Praia Jalé and hotel check in (5 to 7 hours hike)
Lunch at arrival Ecolodge
Relax afternoon
Free dinner.

DAY 8 – 05SEP ROLAS ISLAND TOUR

Boat transfer
Visit of centre of the world landmark!
Walk around the island (Bateria beach, natural geyser, coconut plantation)
Fishermen lunch at coffee beach.
Swim, relax, sunbathes Transfer to hotel
Dinner at local family house (Suzanna) (taxi service included)
Accommodation: Eco-friendly lodge in Porto Alegre area

DAY 9 – 06SEP SOUTH BEACHES AND MANGROVE

Early morning Mangrove tour
Hike “Homem da Capa” around the southern beaches (Piscina, Jalé…)
Check-out and transfer to São João das Angolares
Gastronomical lunch at roça São João das Angolares
Back in the capital at 1600 in case of Covid test needed (PCR takes longer to get the results).
Hotel check in

DAY 10 – 07SEP CITY TOUR- RETURN FLIGHT

Visit of São Tomé city
Local fruit and fish market, central square, Cathedral, Presidential Palace… Free lunch
1500 Visit of Claudio Corallo workshop
Transfer to hotel for last shower 17h45 Transfer to Airport
1955  Flight home

Group minimum 04, maximum 10.


Rates:
04 pax €1650 p/person
Over 04 – €1365 p/person

Essentials: 

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Weather:

São Tomé is a tropical island located on the Equator line. Basically, it has two seasons: the dry season and the raining season. There are mainly two different weather types: in the north it is relatively dry with savannah and baobabs (also known as Adansonia trees) and in the south it is much rainier, with clear blue sky once the rain is over.
As such, you may consider São Tomé to be sunny and rainy at the same time.

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Currency:

  • There is no ATM machine working with VISA or MasterCard on the island!

  • Prefer to bring cash in EURO, CFA or USD.

  • The change rate with EURO is fixed: 24,5 dobras = 1 euro. Most local changers will give 25 dobras for 1 euro.

  • USD is accepted only if notes are new, and only 20, 50 and 100 USD (with variable change rate)

  • Only few hotels accept credit card and they usually have a preferential service for their clients (and do not always have enough cash).

  • It is possible to withdraw cash with credit card at BISTP bank (São Tomé International Bank) but it takes times (and is quite expensive).

  • Some local change Agents also offer the possibility to withdraw cash against bank transfer to their account based in Portugal (but this procedure may take one to two days!).

  • Tips recommended per client in a group (120 – 180 € per person, for the guide, 5-12€ per day)


Vaccination:

Yellow fever:
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. You will be required to show the yellow vaccination booklet upon arrival.

Malaria:

Due to international cooperation within the last past twenty years, Malaria has almost been eradicated from São Tomé. It is still lightly active in the poorest areas, where people live in wooden houses near rivers. Therefore there is very little chance that you be infected. Nevertheless, you should bring with you the Malaria medicine (Quartem or any other relevant medicine).
Malaria symptoms may vary upon people: headache, neck ache, toothache, dizziness, stomach ache, sore back muscles, feeling of vomiting. There are Health Centers in all cities, in case of suspicion, you should not wait to see a doctor.

 

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