max-cousins

Max Cousins

I love to travel and experience landscapes and places through activity and have spent many of my holidays cycle touring, hiking and mountain biking round Europe and North Africa.  Living close to Keswick in the Lake District is perfect for me – the human scale of the area makes the place easy to live in and accessible to explore, which I do mainly by foot or by bike.

There are some similarities between the islands of the Azores and the Lake District but they also have their own unique flavour. Much of the Azorean landscape is so young and displays naked evidence of creation and destruction by forces of nature. Each island has its own distinct character which is best discovered by visiting. Exploring in the company of the people we work with on the islands gives you a much more authentic and in depth experience in a way that scratching the surface by yourself cannot achieve. On my most recent trip, I loved the walking on São Miguel especially down through the ‘Lost World’ to Faial da Terra and on the crater rim of Sete Cidades.

My work life has had plenty of variety, the central theme being working with people to understand what they want, and then help them get it, something that helps me when putting together holidays for our clients.

Contact

Max Cousins
Destination Specialist
01768 721040
max@archipelagochoice.com

My favourite part of Cape Verde

The island of Santo Antão in Cape Verde will take your breath away.

A cross between Morocco and the Himalayas it has immense volcanic walls, seemingly inaccessible ravines, and perfectly farmed terraced valleys with banana and mango trees and of course fields of sugar cane.

Explore this stunning island on a guided tour by vehicle or on foot and you’ll soon realise why the locals call it the garden of Eden.

There are many great walking trails, like the Cova Crater down to the Paul Valley or the dramatic coastal walk from Cruzinha to the charming fishing town of Ponta do Sol.

If you have more time, then you should definitely visit the remote western part of the island, climb its highest peak Tope de Coroa (1979m) and then spend some time in charming Tarrafal.

My favourite activity in Cape Verde

We offer fantastic Guided walking holidays in Cape Verde.

Most routes on our walks on the islands of Santiago, Fogo and Santo Antao are on cobbled paths that link the villages of the interior but some are on sand and cinder tracks.

Our daily guided walks vary in length from 2 to 6 hours and can be tailored to your needs, whether you’re a slow or fast walker, want to climb a volcano or prefer to walk along a coastal path. Our guided walking holidays suit everyone!

You will have a different Cape Verdean walking guide on each island. Most of them were born on the island and know all the paths like the back of their hand. They also have extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and through them, you get to know a lot about the culture and customs of Cape Verde.

Being accompanied by a guide is like walking with a celebrity, they know most of the people they encounter during the hike and always have time for a little chat with the locals that cross your path.

It’s also a great opportunity to interact with the locals. Even if you don’t speak their language (Creole), a simple ‘Bom Dia’, shaking of hands, and a lot of smiling, is always much appreciated.

Our walking holidays (ideal in January, February and March) are without a doubt the best way to explore Cape Verde.

My favourite accommodation in Cape Verde

The Hotel Oasis Atlantico Praiamar is a low-rise hotel occupying a headland in Prainha, Praia’s embassy district.

It’s part of a Portuguese hotel chain and with its good standards and decent range of facilities, it’s most likely the first hotel you will be staying in when you arrive on the island of Santiago.

The hotel has 123 rooms, including four suites. Connecting rooms are also available and a baby cot or extra bed can be provided in any of the rooms. All rooms have king size beds, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, room safe, minibar and hairdryer.

You certainly shouldn’t miss the most amazing spread that is laid out for breakfast in the Atlantico restaurant, which at night is the setting for a variety of cuisines: Cape Verdean, Portuguese and international.

As well as the swimming pool and children’s pool, which are open all year, there’s a sauna, jacuzzi, gym and tennis court.

The reception is 24-hours, and laundry facilities and currency exchange are available. Guests can access the internet through a terminal in reception and free WiFi is also available.

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