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Cape Verde (April 2011): Part 1: Sal

On my 10 day trip to Cape Verde I only had the chance to see two of the 10 islands belonging to this republic 500 km off the coast of Western Africa: Sal and Boa Vista. They are one of the most barren and dry places I have seen so far but one of the most fun, wild and interesting ones to explore. Don't expect many roads, most of them are dirt tracks, and the best way to get around and explore is to rent a 4x4. I hope you'll enjoy the series of photos below.
Beautiful mile-long sandy beaches



The main pier - fish market and hang out place for the locals

Cleaning fresh tuna
More fish...



Main town called Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria

Barren landscapes

Happy days


Sea shells

Sand dunes in the background











Lazy days





Other common method of transport :)



Entrance to Pedra de Lume - old salt plains

Inside Pedra de Lume

Tourists floating in the salty water


Slums


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