A Cape-Verdian from the island of Santo Antao, who lived in France for many years, Boaventura Jesus Delgado “Boa”, became a tourist guide when he returned to his native country. A few years later, he left the agencies for which he was working and became, first, an independent guide, and then to the visitors’ requests, a Tour Operator. Boaventura provides individualized, à la carte, tours that respond to visitors’ wishes at the best available prices.
Thanks to very positive comments on the website of the French language “Forum du Routard”, Boa’s work is getting known, and many are those who want to discover Cape Verde’s islands and spend their vacations with him. He supports the kind of tourism that remains close to the population, who directly benefits, and which is integrated in the environment of a country of limited resources.
With time and to respond to his clients’ expectations, Boa has developed a network of guides (speaking various languages), restaurants, hotels and drivers with whom he regularly works. In direct contact with these service providers, he negotiates the best quality/price ratio. This flexible organization allows for diverse tours, adapted to visitors’ rhythms, wishes and budgets. It also leaves room to improvisation and the possibility of modifying a program with ease.
Boa’s main concern is that his clients be satisfied, “If they leave happy, I am happy!” And he does all he can to meet this goal, choosing the right people to work with, regularly checking the quality of services, and being attentive to each visitor. In order to best provide these personalized visits he has hired an administrator to help in planning and coordinating.
For his clients to have the best experience of their stay in Cape Verde, Boa‘s preferred pass-time is to pack a bag and go discover new hiking paths, new guesthouses, try new restaurants and new activities … He then enjoys sharing his best discoveries with the visitors!