Introduction - introductie

This blog is not a trail guide. It is about the beauty and the diversity of Curaçao.
There are dry months and wet months, days with wind or storm or no breeze at all.
Due to the weather conditions, you may find he trails to be very different from what our pictures show.

Most recent hikes are described in Dutch / Nederlands (kijk voor de laatste wandelingen in het blogarchief). De paden veranderen snel, ze groeien dicht of worden gesloten. Er komen ook nieuwe routes bij.

The other entrees are in English. Our main object is to show the beauty of the island. We cannot always give exact directions of trail heads or ends.
Many trails change, closed by owners, or overgrown. . the maintenance depends on
enthusiastic volunteers. Our group tries out new trails too.

Important: never go hike alone! When visiting popular places like the Salt pans of Jan Kok or Ascencion Bay don't get out of your car unless other people are there. Leave money, cards and other valuables at the Hotel.
If you have no one to come with you, take a hiking tour with a guide. Please read the page with
tips and info
Do not touch the
Manzanilla tree or its leaves and apples. They are poisonous.
On all photos copyright of the owners.

Enjoy Hiking Curaçao!

Ascencion - Patrick - Barber

Last update: most trails are o.k. and easy to find by signs.

Krabbenbos - Crab Forest.
1) Starting at Plantation house Ascencion: Krabbenbos, then to the Boca Ascencion, on to the North to the Suplado and Patrick.  (There is a trail along the coast and there is a trail in the hills. Startpoint hard to find.)

To enter the Krabbenbos (Forest of the crabs) you turn back to the main road. Just before you come to the main road, there is a trail to the left. Here you enter the forest.Coming out of the shade, you stand at the land side end of Boca Ascencion. There are tons of drift plastic! If you turn right at this point, you'll have to walk through the litter, but after a while you'll see a dirt road, that leads to the coast. Turn left! Otherwise this road will bring you to the main road in ten minutes. And then what?
Standing at the land side end of Boca Ascencion you can also go to the left and follow the trail along the west side of the Boca. Watch the Boca, may be turtles are swimming there!
Once you are at the coast, go on West untill you come upon a bunch of old rusty stone breakers. But don't miss the fantastic 'suplado'. It is somewhere at your right hand side, before you are at the stone breakers.

Along Boca Ascencion.

A small upper trail back to San Pedro.
Boca Ascencion
Upper trail to Patrick / Barber
The upper trail toPatrick / Barber
View of the coast trail from the upper trail.

2) You can also start this hike from Barber.
Start at the church of Barber. Don't park your car at the church but somewhere at the side of the road.
This is one of our favorites! On the way to the coast we found ourselves talking about the Utah Canyonlands and the red rocks of Arozona. Why? The colors of the rocks, the red sand at the coast, even some small rockformations swept us off our feet and sent us dreaming about the hikes in beautiful far away countries... even Old Faithful in Yellowstone was mentioned.The suplado is a wonderful sight. It puffs and blows with every incoming wave that seeks a way out of the cave it is pushed into with great force.
Wear sturdy shoes for walking on the surface of the hard coral tuff!
There are more, well marked, trails on the Ascencion plantation.

See for trail maps: Trail Maps - Wandelkaarten