What a great experience this was! The Terra Terra Tours guides picked us up in the early afternoon. First we made a stop at a shop where artists display and sell their handmade souvenirs. Here I bought some really nice African jewelry. After a short walk we arrived at the Sucupira market: A semi-covered market with a mix of locals and Africans. Even before we went to the market we first had a delicious dinner at a tent on the Sucupira. A small bar / restaurant of 2 sisters who can cook very well. After dinner we first visited a workshop behind the Sucupira. Here you will find an artist on almost every corner: from a carpenter who makes special cupboards to artists who make handmade souvenirs. Finally, we visited the Sucupira market. I was amazed .... what an amazing experience! So many colors, smells and sounds. So much to see: different African sellers with many different products: handmade furniture, jewelry, clothing, spices .... you name it and it's there! It is quite big ... I was happy that I was with Judith and Jair. They know a lot about the products sold there, know a lot of sellers and know the way with their eyes closed. The Sucupira market was a great ending to my holiday in Santiago.
Wherever I travel, one of my goals is to walk local neighborhoods and see how communities express themselves through street art. After not having much luck on my own, I was recommended Terra Terra Tours and I regret not knowing them from the start of my Cape Verde Experience. Judith and Jair took me under their wing and showed me this incredible neighborhood in Praia called Achade Grande Frente. The art was incredible and the sunset was stunning but it was the energy and spirit of these two that made the day magical. It felt like old friends meeting up and seeing each other's new lives and I learned so much in such a quick time. I highly highly recommend Terra Terra Tours for their knowledge of all things Cape Verde, their access to the world outside typical tourist paths, and their kindeness, generosity, and friendship.
Today a great trip to the local market in Praia! The Sukupira Experience! You will find almost EVERYTHING on the market! From cashew nuts, clothing, seats ... name it, you find it, it's a mix of local and African (Senegalese, Nigerea, Guinée Conakry) products! A must-visit! Especially glad that I did this with Terra Terra Tours because it really is a labyrinth in this market! In addition, I felt super safe, everyone knew Judith and Jair, I was not pulled, not called , if I was interested in something specific I also paid the usual price. After the market we went for lunch in a small bistro run by a Senegalese lady, and no problem for a vegetarian like me, nice local, no tourists, and most important… Really delicious !!! 🙂
At primary school you run your lungs out to run as many laps as possible and collect as much sponsor money as possible. Well I was never a winner in that, but all the little bit will help. Whether you always get a course about charity at school and communication with videos is even better. But had it really happened with the money that was collected? Today I had a tour with terra terra tours at a worldwide major project and well known to most people: SOS children's villages. In Cape Verde there are two complete villages on Santiago and on São Vicente there is a small day center. Jair, whom I have known for about three weeks, grew up in the SOS children's village and showed us around. We looked at the house where he had lived from 8 to 18 years. There are ten of these types of houses in Riberão Chiqueiro and on average 8 children live with one person "Mãe" (the mother who lives in the house 24/7) and various Tia's during the day (aunts who help with the household). Jair showed his room and the bed where he slept and there was also the place where he told his personal story. "He told us how it transformed his life from streetkid to a conscious man with life goals. I asked about the contrast of the boys he grew up with in the same neighborhood - very hard and focused on facts: eight died and many are stuck in the He was very proud to tell his story and that in the beginning he didn't want to go at all, but that afterwards he was so grateful for everything.Now he is a great example for the children who now live in the village and the community around the SOS children's village. His caretakers from that time are also very proud to see him like that ". Today another day with a lot of awareness about my life in Europe and the lives here in Cape Verde.
Vorig jaar in de zomer besloot ik op vakantie te gaan naar Cabo om daar 2 eilanden te bezoeken São Nicolau en Santiago. Ik ken Judith al jaren en ze praat altijd over Cabo en hoe geweldig het daar is, niks is minder waar van al haar verhalen. Cabo moet je ervaren met de locals en dat is precies waar Terra Terra veel aandacht aan besteed. In die anderhalve week dat ik in Santiago was heb ik Cabo dus ook op een unieke manier mogen ervaren. Ik heb plekken gezien waar ik het gevoel had dat er weing mensen kwamen, ik heb geslapen bij locals op de meest uiteenlopende locaties, gegeten bij locals thuis en mogen genieten van de verborgen locale restaurantjes met heerlijke gerechten waar je alleen komt als je de mensen kent. Elke dag was weer een verassing. Ik liet me meenemen in het avontuur van Terra Terra, ze waren nog druk bezig om diverse tours en experiences compleet te maken. Ik wens jullie alle succes en ik heb het zo goed ervaren dat ik zeker nog een keer ga terugkomen! E: Last year in the summer I decided to go on holiday to Cabo to visit 2 islands São Nicolau and Santiago. I have known Judith for years and she always talks about Cabo and how wonderful it is there, nothing is less true of all her stories. You have to experience Cabo with the locals and that is exactly what Terra Terra pays a lot of attention to. In the week and a half that I was in Santiago, I was able to experience Cabo in a unique way. I have seen places where I felt that there were not many people, I slept with locals at the most diverse locations, ate at locals home and were allowed to enjoy the hidden local restaurants with delicious dishes where you only come if you know the people . Every day was a surprise. I let myself be included in the Terra Terra adventure, they were still busy completing various tours and experiences. I wish you all the best and I have experienced it so well that I will definitely come back again!
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See all those hidden places on Santiago that the locals don’t even know.
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Find out, in just 2 days, how everything on the island is connected.
€29 / per person
See a project to promote transformation and development in local neighbourhoods and communities.
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Discover the local arts & crafts scene on the island first hand.
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Experience the calmness on the island by (re)connecting with your inner self.
€25 / per person
Get fit and energized on your holiday while enjoying the local scenery.
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Stroll around the biggest market of Cabo Verde, a market that smoothly combines all African cultures together.
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Get a taste of some of the best foods and dishes of the islands combined with some traditional music and local drinks.
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Enjoy the perfect evening out and taste the local nightlife.
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Go back in time, visit historical sites and learn about the diverse history of the islands.
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Treat yourself with the custom designed trip of your dreams to collect memories .
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An experience to discover local food the best way, by cooking it yourself!
€35 / per person
Always wanted to learn how to make Katxupa, a typical Caboverdean dish and learn about it’s origin?