Rui Vaz

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Rui Vaz
Village of Rui Vaz
Village of Rui Vaz
Rui Vaz is located in Cape Verde
Rui Vaz
Coordinates: 15°02′02″N 23°36′00″W / 15.034°N 23.600°W / 15.034; -23.600Coordinates: 15°02′02″N 23°36′00″W / 15.034°N 23.600°W / 15.034; -23.600
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
Municipality São Domingos
Civil parish São Nicolau Tolentino
Elevation 809 m (2,654 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,078

Rui Vaz is a settlement in the central part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Its 2010 population was 1,078 making it the second most populated place in both the municipality and the parish. It is situated at 809 m elevation, 4 km west of São Domingos in the municipality's and parish's northwest end. It is connected with the road (EN3-ST07) connecting Cidade Velha in Ribeira Grande de Santiago and the middle and the north of the island, a few kilometers to the east is the Praia-Assomada Route (EN1-ST01).

About the village[edit]

Quinta da Montanha hotel, on the left is the village church

Rui Vaz is situated to a next loaflike hill, dominant in that part as they are part of the Órgaos rock formation. West of Rui Vaz at is municipal boundary is Monte Tchota (or Monte Txota) elevating 1,041 m where the island's transmitters are located broadcasting radio and television to much of the island and all the way west to the easternmost parts of the island of Fogo. Its geology of that mountain is of the Pico da Antónia and its rock formation which also dominates the west of the area.[2]

View of Órgãos from Rui Vaz

About 250 meters north is the municipal boundary with São Lourenço dos Órgãos, its boundaries also being the constituency boundary with the north and south of the island and the North and South Zones of the island's sporting competitions. West is the boundary with Ribeira Grande de Santiago, a part runs around Monte Tchota though the transmitters and its summit are in the municipality as well as Rui Vaz. Also in that area is Pico da Antónia Natural Park.

About 1 km northwest is Longueira, part of São Lourenço dos Órgãos which is accessed by pathway, auto access is only via the island's main route, São Domingos and João Teves.

Agriculture is the main industry of the village.

Rui Vaz has its own church. Next to it are a school and a hotel named Quinta da Montanha.

One of the birds, the Cape Verde warbler (Acrocephalis brevipennis) are founded in the area.[3][4] Before the 17th to 18th century, they were founded even south of the area in moderate numbers.


The area was first inhabited at around the start of the 15th century. It is named after one Rui Vaz.

West of Rui Vaz in Monte Tchota next to the island transmitters in April 2016, the Cape Verdean Army mutiny occurred.


Rui Vaz are one of the notable places for panoramics in the south of the island, the view of the interior are seen up to Serra da Malagueta, as well as nearby Órgaos mountain and Monte Chaminé, the south of the island as well as Monte das Vacas and parts of Praia and Pico da Antónia.

Notable person[edit]

The Capeverdean musician Silva Rosa is from Rui Vaz.


The only football (soccer) club of the area is Os Garridos based in nearby São Domingos, who will participate in the Santiago South Second Division in the following season.


  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Holm, P. M. (2008). An 40Ar-39Ar study of the Cape Verde hot spot: temporal evolution in a semistationary plate environment. 113. J. Geophys. Res. p. B08201. 
  3. ^ Batalha, Helena R.; Wright, David J.; Barr, Iain; Collar, Nigel J.; Richardson, David S. (2017-04-01). "Genetic diversity and divergence in the endangered Cape Verde warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis". Conservation Genetics. 18 (2): 343–357. doi:10.1007/s10592-016-0909-3. ISSN 1566-0621. 
  4. ^ [null Garcia-del-Rey E (2016) Birds of the Cape Verde Islands. Sociedad Ornitologica Canaria, Barcelona, Spain.]