Friday, 14 September 2012

Pico Cão Grande - needle-shaped rock on the Equator

Pico Cao Grande is a breath-taking needle-shaped peak in the Southern part of the island of Sao Tome, right next to the coast of Africa near the Equator. The peak is a volcanic plug, 663m (2,175 ft)  high, considerably higher than the surrounding jungle. The name literally means :"Big Dog peak" and the slightly lower Little Dog Peak is situated nearby. Climbing of both is extremely difficult and is done only with suitable rock-climbing equipment; however the view from the top is magnificent. It is one of the main places of interest in the small nation of Sao Tome and Principe.
0° 7′ 4.64″ N, 6° 33′ 58.83″ E
Google Maps:,6.566342&spn=0.01,0.01&t=h&q=0.117956,6.566342
An interesting website about climbing to the top (in Portuguese)

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