Do you like kizomba? Are you looking for a destination where you can dance on your holidays? If you got here, this is your trip. This christmas we got this Cape Verde trip, to enjoy beautiful beaches, turquoise water and lots of dancing. Because we are going to dance kizomba and other Cape Verdean rhythms.
As you can see, our trips are a little away from the traditional concept of travel, we seek to complement tourism with dance, because we know that dance is happiness, it makes our mind to be distracted, generates energy and smiles.
Are you traveling alone or are you few and want to meet more people? Our trips are a meeting point for those who enjoy traveling and dancing! The group is small, so you can meet people with your same interests and with whom to continue sharing them when you return.
If you want to know more about how our trips, here, we tell you in more detail.
1 week option
We will stay in Mindelo, capital of the Island of San Vicente. It is the second largest city in Cape Verde, and is considered its cultural capital. That is why we have chosen it for this trip, because Cape Verdean music has a great importance in this particular island. You will be able to listen to styles such as morna, coladeira or funaná, and our local teachers will teach you besides kizomba, to dance some of these local rhythms, so you can get immersed in the Cape Verdean culture through dance.
Funaná is a typical dance of the island of Santiago, it is songs to the beat of the bandoneón, to the rhythm of an iron stick. The morna has its origin in the island of Boavista, normally it is sung by women in Portuguese. And the coladeira, which is believed to have been born in the 30’s on the island that we are going to visit, would be a descendant of the morna with other musical influences.
2 weeks option
If your time permits you and you want to extend your vacation a little longer, we offer you the possibility to visit the neighboring island of Sao Antonio, no need to go by plane, the boats leave every day from the port of Mindelo to Porto Novo, it’s considered a natural paradise, and besides the excursions that we have prepared in the itinerary, you can also make numerous treaking routes. In addition, we will delight with the delicious seafood dishes, which are the basis of local food.
Transfer to the hotel where your TravelToDance tour leader will welcome you and tell you everything you need to know during your stay.
DAY 02: FIRST DANCE CLASS DAY
After breakfast we will go to the dance school where you will spend the next four days dancing kizomba and the best Cape Verdean rhythms.
We will introduce you to the teachers and explain to you the classes they have prepared for the group and the class schedules, which are usually in the mornings.
Afternoon free to know the historical center of the city.
DAY 03, 04 & 05: INTENSIVE KIZOMBA AND CABOVERDIAN RHYTHMS
Breakfast at the hotel and two classes in the morning.
You will have free afternoons to enjoy the beaches of Cape Verde, we can go all together and practice our new kizomba steps or just relax and sunbathe. Or you can take the afternoon for you, relax and enjoy your vacation as you prefer.
We will take advantage of every possible night to go out and practice our new kizomba steps, our local teachers will give us the best tips of where to go dancing every night.
DAY 06: EXCURSION TO MONTE VERDE – BAIA DAS GATAS AND SALAMANSA
Today it’s an excursion to tour the island of Sao Antonio. The first stop is the Fortim panoramic point. From there we will go through the Marginal Avenue to the Municipal Market, the Torre de Belém and the fish market. Then we will go to Monte Verde and descend from there to Baía das Gatas. Here we will have a stop to take a bath, so do not forget your swimsuit and towel. On the way back to the hotel, we will pass through the incredible fishing village of Salamansa.
At night we will have Kizomba party.
DAY 07 Option 1 week
Return home and end of your Kizomba week with TravelToDance!
Option 2 weeks: EXTENSION SAO ANTONIO
We move to the neighboring island of San Antonio, located 10 km from the Bahia de Mindelo, is the westernmost island of the archipelago and the furthest from the African coast, it is also considered a natural paradise. Your TravelToDance escort will indicate the departure time of the hotel to take the ferry, which takes about 45 minutes.
DAY 08: WALK THROUGH THE FOREST AND THE MOUNTAIN
After breakfast we will be at the hotel reception to begin our day of hiking through the Cova Crater National Park, where we will cross the forest until we reach the Villa de Pico da Cruz (1.5 hours of walking). Optional lunch in a house in the woods. After the tour, we will return to the hotel.
DAY 09: PORTO NOVO AT YOUR RHYTHM
This island is well known for the amount of trekings that can be done on it. But we understand that there is someone who loves, and who may prefer to stay in the pool or on the beach, or make a more peaceful trip. There are numerous options to choose from, your TravelToDance companion will tell you all of them and will indicate the prices when the number of participants is known, since they vary depending on how many people sign up.
DAY 10: TOUR RIBEIRA DA CRUZ
After a visit to the most interesting points of Porto Novo, such as the Cheese Factory of Porto Novo, we will go through the cement factory with the possibility of participating in a guided tour. We will continue towards Ponte Sul, Lajedos, where we will stop for lunch and visit Chã de Morte, Selada Alto Mira, Ribeira da Cruz, Alto Mira.
After the picnic lunch at the rural and agricultural project site of Leão Lopes in Lajedos, we will visit Block Factory, where we will explain the production of local crops, such as mango and papaya jam, grog, handicrafts and other products.
Back to the hotel.
DAY 11: RETURN TO SAO ANTONIO
Your TravelToDance companion will tell you the departure time to catch the ferry back to Mindelo.
Accommodation in Mindelo.
DAY 12: MINDELO AT YOUR RHYTHM
After breakfast you will have the day off to enjoy it as you want. Maybe you want to take a walk to do the last souvenir shopping, relax on the beach, or take one of the optional excursions or treks. If you wish you can also take more Kizomba classes.
DAY 13: SAO VICENTE – ORIGIN
Return home and end of your Kizomba week with TravelToDance!
*The detailed program may suffer some variation due to climatic or operational reasons. Due to these reasons, the offered services may suffer a change of day or order, but the provision of them is guaranteed whenever posible.
Price per person in double room bed and breakfast.
Guaranteed departure when you there’s a minimum of 6 people. In case of not reaching the minimum, you can pay a supplement to make the trip.
6 nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast.
Supplement per person in a single room on bed and breakfast basis: 250€
8 dance classes. Kizomba and caboverdian rhtyms
Excursion around the iland of Sao Vicente on day 6.
2 weeks option. From 965€
8 nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast in Mindelo.
4 nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast in Porto Novo.
Supplement per person in a single room on bed and breakfast basis: 540€
8 dance classes. Kizomba and caboverdian rhtyms.
Excursion around the iland of Sao Vicente on day 6.
Walk on the island of Sao Antonio on day 8.
Tour Riveira da Cruz on day 10.
Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the section of includes, or personal extras.
Ferry ticket to go to the island of Sao Antonio. (Normally it costs between € 8 – € 15 depending on the company, your TravelToDance tour leader will take care of buying the tickets)
Tickets to nightclubs, or excursion not described in the section includes.
Nothing that is not described in the INCLUDE section.
* If you want to do a tour not mentioned in your free time, let us know and we will offer you availability and prices.
Valid passport and entry visa. Make sure you contact the embasy of Cabo Verde in your country of passport to make sure the way you can apply for the visa.
18 years old.
No vaccine is mandatory.
But yellow fever, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid fever and Tetanus-Diphtheria are recommended.
For more information we recommend, as in all our trips, that you enter the website of the Ministry of Health.
The temperature in the month of August is around 23 – 31 degrees and it is dry. Although the rainy season begins in August and finish in October, it is advisable to bring a raincoat just in case. The water temperature can reach 23 degrees.
The official currency in Cape Verde is the Cape Verdean escudo (CVE), which maintains a fixed and official parity with the euro (1 euro = 110,265 escudos). It can be changed in banks and in exchange houses.
Credit cards are not usually accepted, only in some restaurants and hotels of higher level, so it is advisable to carry cash. It is possible to withdraw money from ATMs.
In some establishments accept payment with Euros, but the change is not favorable, so it is better to pay with the local currency.
Portuguese and Creole.
You can consult more details in our article: What should I pack? where you will find information about the plugs that are used by the world.
In general it is a quiet and safe country, and you will have to take common sense precautions such as being attentive to your belongings, or not leaving them unattended if you go for a swim on the beach.
It is not mandatory to leave a tip, but you can leave it if you wish.
DANCE CLASSES / SHOES
Bring comfortable clothes for your classes. Special shoes are not necessary for dance classes.
If you are interested in one of our trips and don’t want to run out of place, book now. You have to make a 150€ payment and we will book you a place in the trip during the next 15 days (in case this period is not incompatible with the remaining time until the trip)
1. Click on BOOK NOW from the trip you are interested in.
2. Fill in the booking form where you will find the IBAN number to make the bank transfer.
3. In the bank transfer, indicate your name, surname and the booking code.
4. Once we receive the payment, we’ll send you an email with the booking confirmation.
When the group is formed with the minimum of travelers we’ll contact you to make the payment for 50% of the total of the trip. (The 150€ from the booking will be deducted from the amount corresponding to 50%). At this point, if required by the destination, we’ll ask you to send a copy of your passport.
5. 15 days prior to departure we’ll send the travel documentation, itinerary, air tickets in case we have issued them, travel contract and travel insurance.
The trip price does not include flights. We can arrange the air tickets for you, and have to be paid in full before being issued. No tickets will be issued until the group is confirmed, unless the participants agree to pay the supplement in case the minimum group isn’t form. We recommend you, as far as possible, to buy your flights in advance to get better schedules and prices.
The 150€ from the booking will be fully refundable during the 15 days of the reservation if you decide not to travel. The 50% paid at the group confirmation will not be refundable one month prior to departure. At this time you’ll have to make the final payment. If at this point you decided not to travel, you could still get back 50% if you gave your place to someone who is not already enrolled in the travel group. In case you can not give your place, we will have to see in each case, with our suppliers in the destination, the services that can be canceled without expenses. Any cancellation after paying the 50% deposit will have 100€ expenses in concept of bank and management fees.
Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance. For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance. For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.
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