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.

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.
Enjoy Hiking Curaçao!

Zapateer / Kabouterbos

Last update: The Kabouterbos is o.k. but the trail through Zapateer is changing and maybe gone in a while, due to the building of new houses.

Combine a short walk through the Kabouterbos with hiking through Zapateer. This will take you 2 hours.
Leave your wheels at the bowling club at the Chuchubiweg. Climb over the rubble and there is the Kabouterbos! You follow the path and if you want to go on to Zapateer cross the road (Erosweg).
The Manzanilla trees have nice little appels.... don't eat them, they are very poisenous. Don't touch the appels or the leaves, you can get very sick and your skin will be itching. When it rains, some people get sick from walking under the wet and dripping Manzanilla trees.
To find the way in Zapateer you have to look for a path, footsteps or you go anywhere you like to go. We try to keep the trail open, but the bushes are very willing to grow. Bring a sharp knive or something to cut the thorny "Wabi" branches.
The trail can be muddy or very dry; you have to watch your step!
There are three dams that you can walk on.
Climb the hill and enjoy the views from there!
There is an old water reservoir that looks like a bike court.
You will get out of there somehow and after crossing the Erosweg again you can complete the circle through the Kabouterbos.
The landscape of Zapateer is changing. Houses are being built.

On the nearby Cascoraweg there are several places you can go to rest and to get cold drinks.