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Pictures from Rui Vaz and São Jorge in Santiago Island, Cape Verde: Botanical Garden and Pico da Antonia.  

Pico da Antónia vu de Rui Vaz sur l'ile de Santiago
Pico da Antónia as seen from Rui Vaz in Santiago Island, Cape Verde. Pico da Antonia is the highest peak of the island.

Rui Vaz is a quiet mountain village (800 m above sea level), 6 km west of São Domingos and about 30 km north of Praia. It is accessible by road (aluguers available from São Domingos). The town of São Domingos is located on the road between Praia in the south of Santiago Island and Assomada in the center of the island.

Rui Vaz offers nice opportunities for hiking in a magnificent green environment to the area of Monte Tchota. It is home to a pousada (thirty rooms) and a few second homes.

Rui Vaz is also known for being the base of the Center of telecommunications (radio, TV,..) of Monte Tchota, the largest of Cape Verde. This Center is located quite outside of the village. The area where it is situated offers beautiful views of Pico da Antonia, the highest peak of the island (1394 m). This mountain, which stands at the center of the island about 6 km southeast of Assomada, is an extinct volcano. It is part of the Natural Park of Rui Vaz and Serra de Pico da Antonia.

Late April 2016, an incident that left 11 dead (8 soldiers and 3 workers) took place in the military camp close to the Center of telecommunications.

Rui Vaz Natural Park in Santiago Island, Cape Verde
Rui Vaz Natural Park, a trekking destination in Santiago Island, Cape Verde. . 

The Natural Park of Rui Vaz and Serra de Pico da Antonia consists of three areas and different altitudes: the area of Rui Vaz (lush), Mount Tchota, and Pico da Antonia. It is the main hiking destination in Santiago Island.

The accommodation facilities in that area are found mainly at Rui Vaz and Assomada. Assomada is located in the fertile region in the center of the island on the road that crosses the island from north to south (from Tarrafal to Praia). Assomada is famous for its market, the largest in Santiago Island. The city is connected to many other places by a network of aluguers.

São Jorge Botanical Garden in Santiago Island
L. Grandvaux Barbosa Botanical Garden in São Jorge, Cape Verde. This plant is called Bailarín.

The settlement of  São Jorge dos Órgãos lies 400 m above sea level. It is located to the north of São Domingos, a bit more than 30 kilometers away from Praia. It is home to the national botanical garden Grandvaux Barbosa, which is attached to a campus of the University of Cape Verde in Praia. This botanical garden contains, among others, several endangered plants in Cape Verde. It is an oasis in an archipelago, the landscapes  of which are often deserts. It was founded in 1986. It is named after a Portuguese botanist who died three years earlier. It is the only botanical garden in the country.


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Pictures from Rui Vaz and São Jorge in Santiago Island, Cape Verde: Botanical Garden and Pico da Antonia.