Mountain Trek to Assomada

The Cape Verde consists of ten islands 500 km off the west coast of Africa and 1000 km southwest of the Canary Islands. They were claimed in 1456 by Portugal, as a refreshment station for voyages to and from South America. Later, the Portuguese developed vineyards and imported African slaves to work with the vines. 

The two islands we visited were Santiago (46 by 25 miles in area) and Sao Vicente (14 by 10 miles in area). Praia on the island of Santiago has been the capital of Cape Verde since 1770 and was built primarily by slave labor. In the late 1700’s, the islands were hit by a 100-year drought, resulting in a devastating loss of life and mass emigration. Gradually, during the 1900’s, the economy based on agriculture and fishing rebuilt itself.

We hired a taxi to take us into the interior of the island, heading towards Assomada, with a stop on the way in Sao Jorge to see the beautiful Jardim Botanico. The drive was full of twists, turns, and switchbacks as we made our way through the mountains, passing by many small villages. 

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 Our young, but very accomplished taxi driver.

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 As we passed through one of the small villages, two policemen were manning a roadblock, stopping all the taxis driving through the area. Our driver was nervous as he quickly gathered together all the paperwork for the vehicle. The policeman asked that he get out of the car and they moved to the back of the car to search the trunk. We wanted to see what was happening, but thought it might cause a problem to get out of the car with our cameras. But we caught the action through the rearview mirror for our memory book.

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 On our way to the botanical gardens in Sao Jorge, we stopped to take pictures of the school children who had been released from their lessons for the day. 

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Jardim Botanico 

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This picnic area was beautiful enough to be an outdoor chapel.

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Christmas poinsettias

We continued our drive through the mountains to finally reach Assomada, a town that is home to one of the island’s largest, most vibrant markets as well as many examples of Portuguese colonial buildings.

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Town of Assomada

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 Solar panel “tree” in town square

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 Truly cobblestone streets!

Assomada Market Activities and People

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Sugar Cane

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Our super hero!

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3 Responses to “Mountain Trek to Assomada”

  1. Those pictures of those sweet childrens faces are priceless.

  2. rozzellmaryann@aol.com December 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Took me a while to locate Cape Verde on my NG map. My, the ship must have gone full speed from your last stop! For the islands being so small the people certainly seem to have everything they need( solar!) & the markets have beautiful veggies/fruit. Beautiful flowers & shrubbery. People look healthy & happy. So interesting…. Mary Ann

  3. Beautiful, as usual. I love the children with the big brown eyes! Barbara, I’m looking forward to your homecoming.

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