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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe

Pico Cão Grande means Big Dog peak is the planet vertical volcanic cone, a needle rises dramatically in the middle of the Obo National Park on the island of Sao Tome. Definitely one of the greatest tourist attractions of these African islands. The Pico Cão Grande  has a height of over 300 meters above the surrounding terrain. The summit is located 663 meters above sea level and is often covered with clouds that give it an even more mysterious and shocking aspect. To accommodate such a resounding geologic shape as the eruption of the volcano whose crater is at the top of this peak had to be sudden, violent and very concentrated. Upon cooling, it left as a souvenir this column a kind of skyscrapers in the middle of the jungle.

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Cão Grande peak. Photo credit André
It is very difficult to climb Pico Cao Grande. The walls of volcanic rock are often dampened by the dense fog and covered with slippery moss. Climb them is like trying to ascend a giant glass bottle. Also, to access its base must be traversed a difficult path through the jungle. A step full of ferns, vines and abundant snakes . These reptiles appear to be the masters of Cao Pico Grande. They have even come to colonize the summit.Sao Tome and Principe is a small nation composed of two islands in the Gulf of Guinea, off the African Atlantic coast. A little known but full of wonders and surprises like this tourist destination.

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
São Tomé e Príncipe. Photo credit Rosino

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
São Tomé e Príncipe Photo credit Rosino

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Sao Tomean rainforest with Cao Grande, with its top in clouds. Photo credit Art

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Sao Tome: Cao Grande, with top in clouds. Photo credit Art

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Cão Grande. Photo credit Isaac

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Photo credit Art

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Photo credit Art

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Pico Cão grande. Photo credit Daniel Martins

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Photo credit Art

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Photo credit Os Putos

Source — Wikpedia | Atlasobscura

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