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, 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 tend to change. Also, the maintenance depends on
enthusiastic volunteers.

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!
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Meanwhile, at the North Coast

While our hiking group was following trails along the South coast (starting at Varssenbaai), we went to the National Park "Shete Boca", the seven bays.

At the entrance there is a small fee to pay, to support Carmabi, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity, that takes care of many bays and parks on the island.
At the little restaurant, famous for its pancakes, is a parking place. Trails can be done by foot or by car.

Since we had small children with us, we drove to Boca Pistol, where the waves are hammering the North side of the island (we loose about 3cm. each year; compensated by some growth at the South side).

The boca is named after the booming sound that the waves make, bumping into caves and coming out like an explosion, with a lot of noise, throwing water into the air.

Before leaving the park we went to another boca, with the Natural bridge. See the pictures!
Every boca is a photo opportunity the visitor should not miss.



Boca Pistol


Green and red Banana di rifi. (reef bananas, xerophyte)



Water falling back into the waves

Boca Pistol

Trail head Boca Pistol

Boca Wandomi

trees cover the volcanic rocks

lizard taking a sunbath

the natural bridge

Stairs down and up on the way to the natural bridge

Lizard

Christoffel Mountain