Photographer's Note

This is the way down from the Cova do Paul, a volcanic crater on Santo Antao island, approximately 1400 m above sea level. This way leads into Ribeira do Paul, the most fertile land of Santo Antao and Cabo Verde. The serpentines in the beginning are not so steep, but directly where the clouds start, it becomes almost vertical, all built by man in tedious work.

At the beginning you are usually above cloud level, having a flora similar to switzerland (please check the previuos post from Ribeira do Paul), then, at cloud level, the flora looks mediterranean and finally, at around 800 m the flora will be tropical. Bananas, Mangos, Cafe, Imyam and of course sugar cane are only some of the things that grow there in abundance. After around 12 km, the way ends at sea level at Villa dos Pombas, not far from Ribeira Grande.

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Additional Photos by Franz Xaver Huber (frunchy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 53 N: 355] (1800)
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