Cabo Verde/Santo Antao: Ribeira Grande

Ribeira Grande is the largest canyon or valley on Santo Antao – it runs the entire northern portion of the island with surreal jagged peaks and a road that goes along the rim of the southern part with spectacular views. The mountain slope, as vertical as they are, are terraced into growing corn and other vegetables and fruits. The volcanic soil combined with constant moisture from the clouds plowing through the gorges makes for a perfect recipe for a great harvest. An old cobblestone road goes above the Ribeira, with precipitous twist and turns, making it one of the best thrill rides in the world!