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!

Mal Pais

Last uopdate: trails not well kept, but hiking is o.k. The Mal Pais area has been damaged by caterpillars because of new building plans.

Trails start at Vaerssenbaai.
Mal Pais (Bad Land) offers several trails of which the Biná trail is the shorter and more easy one. Another trail goes up and over the hill and takes about 3 hours. The upper loop is not that hard. It is a good long hike ... just a bit difficult to get down from the top ... that is if you can find where to go down ...
In the mean time some members of our hiking group created a new trail there. We'll provide info shortly.
The upper trail has less visitors; it may be useful to bring something sharp to clear the path from thorny branches. At the moment though, the trail is in good condition.
At some point both trails meet.
We did the trails in the wet and in the dry season. The landscape looks totally different after the rain.
The trails are partly in the shade of manzanilla and other trees. The hills offer nice views of this 'bad' land.
Remember: stay clear of the manzanilla apples and their leaves!

See for trail maps: Trail Maps - Wandelkaarten