Hike over Bahada di Daniel; that is the area behind plantation house Daniel till the Hato Plains. There are several terraces there that you will cross during this hike. That means there is some climbing involved to go from terrace to terrace. The underground consists mainly of eroded limestone which is sharp.
Highlights of this trip:
This is a rather long hike. Because of the sharp underground and the the fact that you have to move from terrace to terrace the pace will not be high and that means that it can take up to 5 hours to complete this hike. So take sufficient water and some snacks with you and don't walk alone. Also bring shoes with a good sturdy sole.
The car can be parked either along the secondary road, if you are early (early bird entrance of the trail) or at the parking lot of plantation house Daniel.
For a map of the trail check the download link below under the heading "Trail map". Also the track is available for download there.
The trail is indicated with yellow stones and can be followed by looking for these. In case you have the impression that you are not on the right track you probably are indeed not on the right track. Always look around when in doubt how to proceed.
I started my hike from the "early bird entrance" to the trail. When starting at plantation house Daniel you will get to the same trail after a short while. Remember where you came from because you have to take the same path to end up at your car at the end of the hike.
After a while you get the choice between going right or left. I took the right side but either choice is good. The only difference is that you walk the trail in the opposite direction. Taking the right side you will cross an old stone wall. That is the former border between the plantation Daniel and the area of Tera Kòrá. Continue along the trail till you reach an entrance into a rooi (dry river bed, contains only water after heavy rainfall). Take this rooi till you reach the end of the terrace. Enjoy the view but don't descend here unless you have the right climbing equipment. Go back a short while looking for the continuation of the trail out of the rooi marked by yellow stones. Take that path to reach a better point to descend to the lower terrace. There the descend is more manageable.
Continue following the yellow stones. You will pass three of the "pillars of Jay" as described in my article about a trip by the Working Group Archaeology of Curaçao. Unless you pay attention you will probably miss these. They are just heaps of stones but purposely built. Their history is still not known. There are several of these pillars as we called them but only three are in the vicinity of the path.
Shortly after passing the pillars you have to take a decision; either you continue to the Kueba Mirador or you take a shortcut called Hanchi di Sombra. You can enter the Kueba mirador and most probably enjoy a view as the name suggests. I entered but did not continue far into the cave because the ceiling is very low and my bad back doesn't allow me to cross that part. But feel free to do that. Then continue along the marked path; the Hanchi di Sombra trail joines the path so both trails are once again the same. You walk along an old stone wall, which in this case is most probably just a wall to keep cattle in a specified area.
After a short while you reach the top entrance of Kueba di Pachi. You have the option to enter the cave at this point and to descend inside the cave. The other option is to pass that entrance and descend a little farther. When descended to the Hato Plains the path continues along the rock wall. A nice part of the hike. Looking at the droppings you could encounter cows here.
After a while the yellow stones direct you to go uphill to the next higher terrace. After a while there is another climb to a slightly higher terrace. From there you continue to the rock wall between this terrace and the next higher one. Always look out for bees when walking close to the rock wall. I did not encounter any but you never know.
After the climb to the highest terrace you continue the trail till you reach the original path. Follow that path back to your car. If you are parked at the plantation house you could take a rest there and enjoy a drink or meal.
Link to the track of this hike on Wikiloc (opens in a new window).
The track can be downloaded but a better option is to install the Wikiloc app on your smartphone; when you click on the download link with the app installed on your phone the link opens in Wikiloc (can take some time) and you are able to follow the track.It appears that this only works for the paid Premium version of this app. As an alternative the free version of the Locus Map can be used. To use this app you need to download the track in GPX-format either from Wikiloc or directly from this page (see below under "Trail map").
Hike from the parking lot of Seru Pretu snack to the Northern coast via a dirt road along the plantation house of the former plantation of Santa Catharina. After a visit to two bays on the coast, Boka Labadera and Boka Grandi, via another dirt road parallel to the first one back to the starting point. In this way the middle area of the former plantation will be visited including the plantation house (optional).
This is a rather long hike over mostly flat terrain. Along the coast the underground is rather sharp because of eroded limestone. So best bring shoes with a good sturdy sole.
The car can be parked in the parking lot of the Santu Pretu snack. Be careful not to block access to the snack or the car wash.
From the parking lot you need to enter a small path along a fence; to find this path look carefully at the detail map (photo) below under the Trail Map heading. The building at the left hand side is the Toko with the parking lot where the hike starts. Follow the line to find the path along the fence. Follow this small path till you reach the first houses of Santa Catharina. There you follow the dirt road straight on.
When you pass the last house of Santa Catharina along this road you continue straight on. You follow this dirt road till you pass the plantation house of Santa Catharina at you right hand side. If you like you can visit the plantation house. It is in a bad state so be careful when you enter the building.
Then continue to the shore. To do that you have to leave the dirt road at a T-crossing and find your way to the coast. This will bring you to or close to the Eastern side of the Boka Labadera. Enjoy the bay and then continue along the coast in Easterly direction. This will bring you to a second bay, Boka Grandi. Check this bay out and then go in a South-Easterly direction till you find a dirt road that goes more or less to the South. Take that road.
After a while you get a small path at you right hand side that leads to a hill. If you like some climbing take that path and go to the top (almost) of that hill. You have a nice view here over the surrounding area. This hill has no name. To the East you see another hill called Seru Kabes. There is no path to the top of that hill so you don't need to go to that hill unless you want to try to get to the top without a path. On top there is a triangulation point.
Continue the original dirt path to the South till you reach a T-crossing. Go right there; that path will bring you back to the dirt road that you took at the beginning of the trip. Go to the left and go back along the houses and the fence to the parking lot where your car is parked.
Hike from the parking lot of Seru Pretu snack to the most Eastern part of the former plantation of Santa Catharina and part of the Koral Tabak area. First the hike goes to the Koral Tabak Area where a presumed Indian cave can be visited. Inside is a small statue with a face. Then the hike continues to the coast to the first bay on this hike, Boka di Mangel. Then further along the coast where the border between the two areas will be crossed before two other bays are visited, Boka Grandi and Boka Labadera. Then the hike returns to the starting point via a dirt road along the former plantation house of Santa Catharina.
When you pass the last house of Santa Catharina along this road start looking for a dirt road to the right. Take that dirt road. From there you follow the dirt roads either with the help of the downloaded map or helped by the track in the Wikiloc or Locus Map app.
The first part of this hike is not very interesting. The area is flat and the vegetation is sparse. You could meet cows and donkeys during this first part of the hike. Be careful not to disturb the cows. You never know if they are friendly to you if disturbed. After a while you are walking over good roads, the remnants of a plan to build houses here that didn't come through. Then the path continues uphill. After a while you will see a path at your left hand side towards the indian cave. Take this if you want to visit this cave. Afterwards you come back at this path and continue in the direction of the coast.
At the coast you will be in the vicinity of the first bay of this hike, Boka di Mangel. Then continue along the coast. The former border between the two areas is marked by a low stone wall. Cross the border and continue to Boka Grandi. Before you get to that bay you pass two other small bays without a name. The first one is really small and can be compared to Boka Pistol in the Shete Boka area. The second nameless bay is a bit larger but apparently too small to get a name. Then you reach Boka Grandi and a bit further Boka Labadera. At the Eastern side of the end of the bay a path starts to the South in the direction of the plantation house. Take that path.
If you like you can visit the plantation house. It is in a bad state so be careful when you enter the building. Along the road at the right hand side are the remains of a small building next to a water tank. It looks as if here a pump was located to distribute the water. There are more water tanks on both sides of the road.
Follow the road till you reach once again the small path along the fence. Take that to return to your car.
Hike from the parking lot of Seru Pretu snack to the most Western part of the former plantation of Santa Catharina. At first the hike goes westward till the border with the plantation of Ronde Klip. Then the hike continues to the Northern shore. After a walk along the shore the hike returns to the starting point via a dirt road along the former plantation house of Santa Catharina.
When you pass the last house of Santa Catharina along this road start looking for a dirt road to the left. Take that dirt road. From there you follow the dirt roads either with the help of the downloaded map or helped by the track in the Wikiloc or Locus Map app.
The first part of this hike is not very interesting. The area is flat and the vegetation is sparse. At a certain point the dirt roads goes further to the North. At your left you see the Rond Klip mountain. When the road bends to the right the track becomes more interesting. You will pass an old stone wall. The path becomes smaller there and the vegetation becomes more interesting and denser. Also there the path is marked with blue ribbons.
Continue the hike till you reach the coast (no blue ribbons here anymore) and then continue on in Eastward direction along the coast. Before you reach Boka Labadera, a large bay, you will see another strange-looking kind of bay but without an apparent connection with the sea. This is where the Tunnel of Doom can be found. This "bay" has a connection with the sea but the connection is in the form of an underground tunnel to the sea. It is a knows dive spot but only for very advanced divers because you are diving under a ceiling, so in case of emergency there is no direct way up to the surface. Don't dive here withour an experienced guide.As a hiker you can check the entrance of the tunnel of doom and get an idea how dangerous a dive here can be. Then continue along the coast till the next real bay, Boka Labadera. This is a large bay with a wide entrance from the sea. At the Eastern side of the end of the bay a path starts to the South in the direction of the plantation house. Take that path.
Hike from the Caracasbay to the top of the Kabrietenberg (78 meters high) which is the Dutch word for Mountain of the goats. From there we take a route to the coast of the Spanish Water where we continue along the coast. This is a rather challenging hike partly over easily accessible paths, partly over rocks. The pace is somewhat higher than during most of my other hikes.
Hike around the lagoon of Jan Thiel. The first part of the hike is through Parke Sorsaka to the area near the Jan Thiel lagoon. From there the hike continues mostly close to the shore of the lagoon in a counter clockwise direction. The last part is once again through Parke Sorsaka
Highlights of this hike
This is quite a long hike over mostly flat terrain. At some place the area can be muddy or even wet. So keep this in mind when selecting shoes for this hike.
The cars ca be parked along the road close to the plantation house Sorsaka opposite the Botika Sorsaka/Medical center Sorsaka.
From the parking area it is a short walk to the entrance of Parke Sorsaka, where the trail starts. Take the main path through both parts of the park to get to the area around the lagoon.
As soon as you leave the second part of Parke Sorsaka go to the right to start the hike around the lagoon. Depending on the water level you have to choose your path if you want to keep your feet dry. If the water level is low it is possible to take some shortcuts and walk over the old stone dams arount the salt pans. But most of the time part of these dams are under water. In that case you have to stay close to the vegetation away from the lagoon. The best way is to use the track in an app as a guidance but in fact you cannot go wrong.
There is no clearly marked trail in this area but as long as you keep the lagoon at your left hand side the exact path doesn't matter.
At a certain point close to the jail you will cross a small bridge over the water. If the water level is high parts of this bridge can be under water. Continue along the shoreline. After a while you have to leave the shore to go a bit higher up. At that ime the entrance of the lagoon is in sight. Close to the sea shore you walk through the old border gate. The gate is gone but the remnants of the border wall are clearly visible. At this point you are about half way in the hike.
Walk along the sea shore or the shore of the lagooun to the point where the lagoon shore bends inward. Try to stay as close to the shore of the lagoon as possible. Sometimes you have to climb some rocks to continue along the shore. If the water in the lagoon is really high you could get wet feet or go higher up to continue.
When you get at the first salt pan you take the path over the old dam between the salt pan and the lagoon to cross to the other side. There you continue along the shore till you reach the other salt pans. There you can take several paths over the dams between the salt pans depending on how long you want to make your hike. Enjoy the view over the salt pans.
Then go back in the direction of Parke Sorsaka. The last part of the trail is the same as the first part. This brings you back at your car.
The track can be downloaded but a better option is to install the Wikiloc app on your smartphone; when you click on the download link with the app installed on your phone the link opens in Wikiloc (can take some time and does not always work) and you are able to follow the track. If this doesn't work you can download the track from the PC-version of the website and save the hike in your own profile. In this way you can follow the hike in your Wikiloc app.It appears that this only works for the paid Premium version of this app. As an alternative the free version of the Locus Map can be used. To use this app you need to download the track in GPX-format either from Wikiloc or directly from this page (see below under "Trail map").
Hike from Kokomo Beach / Vaersenbay to Boka Sami and back over the Seru Sami. Alternative start and endpoint is Boka Sami; the description is for the starting point at Kokomo Beach / Vaersenbay.
Highlights of this hike:
The hike starts at the parking lot of Kokomo Beach / Vaersenbay; the beach opens at 8AM and from then on there is a guard on duty. Dont take up to much parking space because it can be busy especially in the weekend. Park close to the other cars and line up with the street or the side of the parking lot.
In case you want to start the hike from Boka Sami you can park in the back of the former dive shop Wederfoort at the large bay of St. Michiel (Boka Sami).
With your back towards the entrance of Kokomo Beach there are yellow stones at the right-hand side of the parking lot about where the dense vegetation ends. Going there you will see a bridge over the 'roi'. From there we go uphill to Fort Vaersenbay. You have two choices, either one is OK. The left is a bit more gradual than the one on the right and also passes the remainders of the former entrance to the fort. The two paths come together more uphill. Continue straight on; don't go to the left at the stone floor (former floor of the land side of the fort). When you reach the shore you are in the remainders of the former fort Vaersenbaai. From there you have a nice view on Vaersenbaai and the sea.
On top of the cliff the path continues to the East in the direction of Boka Sami; at a certain point there is an option to go to the right, but that is another trail that leads to the coast; of course you are free to check out that trail too and come back here. Continue further along the path till you get a nice view on the saliña of St. Michiel. Shortly after you can find a path uphill to the former fort on top of the cliff. If you are interested take the path to the fort, look around, enjoy the view, find the last cannon and descend again to where you left the main path. Continue on the main path that goes downhill to the saliña.
Follow the path along the shore of the saliña clockwise (so go left). Stay close to the shore; there is a path there that sometimes requires you to climb over a steap rock or forces you to go very close to the water (or sometimes even through the water at high water). There are some yellow markings along this path to show you that you are still on the right track. When you reach the dam between the two parts of the saliña go straight on and gradually to the left; follow the shore of the second part of the saliña.
When the path opens up into a wide plain you have to find your way to the other side depending on the water level to a small sign that leads you to the Seru Sami. To reach that sign you can follow the yellow stones but most of the time there is a shorter way straight through. At the sign follow the yellow stones to get to the bottom of the Seru Sami. The climb to the top of this hill is the most challenging part of this hike. There is not really a path uphill, but you can follow yellow markings on the rocks that show you the way.. This requires some climbing skills. On our way to the top we have a nice view on the surroundings.
After the climb the path continues and gradually leads to the highest point of this hill. You will cross a dry-stone wall near the top. When you reach a fork in the path you go left and continue this path; when you see a path to the left ignore that and continue stragih on till you reach the stone floor of the fort that you saw at the beginning of the hike. Go to the right and follow one of the two paths back to the parking lot.
An alternative starting point is from the parking lot of the dive operator at the large bay of St. Michiel (Boka Sami). In that case you have to cross the wooden bridge that you can see from the parking lot; after crossing the bridge the hike starts along the water of the saliña (see previous text) and in that case the visit of the upper fort of St. Michiel marks the completion of the hike. The route is exactly the same except for a different starting and end point.
ATTENTION: this is a challenging hike. You should have a good physical condition; also you should have some climbing skills and not have fear of heights. The hike is less suitable for kids.
Starting 2020 this route will be offered by Hidden Trails of Curaçao; check their facebookpage for announcements.
Hike from the parking lot of Kokomo Beach / Vaersenbay through the area of Malpais to the Seru Jamanika and back via another route.
With your back towards the entrance of Kokomo Beach there are yellow stones at the left-hand side of the parking lot. There are two sets of stones; the first set is the entrance to the steapest slope uphill, the second set is the starting point of a more gradual climb uphill.
At the top of the climb via the first set of stones you go left and follow the path on top of the cliff. Via the second set of stones you reach the same path on top of the cliff. Follow this path till it goes downhill again. Descend carefully here; the underground is loose gravel and you easily slip. When you reach the crossing turn left to go to Boka Uniko. After enjoying this small bay you return to the crossing and continue straight on. You will walk through a kind of dry river bed. After heavy rain the water from the hill flows to the sea here. After a while you reach the asphalt road, the Weg naar Bullenbaai. Stay on the left side of this road and walk along the road till you see the entrance of Malpais marked with a sign (Binà trail). Cross the road and enter Malpais.
Follow the Binà trail till you reach a sign Seru Jamanika; there you go left following the direction on the sign. You walk through an area with a lot of gumb trees (Palu di sia and its cousing the Takamahak). After a short while you will see a lot of Sisal agaves. These are the remains of the former Sisal plantation here. Stay on the path. It will lead you ever closer to the Seru Jamanika.
Then you have to climb the mountain. It starts gradually but gets quite steep after a while. The underground is loose sand and rocks so proceed carefully.
After a short climb you reach a plateau where the path continues. It is not the highest part of this long mountain; you will not reach the highest point during this hike. At a certain point you cross an area of large and sharp rocks; be extra careful here because you don't want to fall on these sharp rocks.
Don't forget to look around; you have a nice view on the surroundings. After a while the path descends. Just follow the path. It will lead you after quite a while to the former Shell dam shortly after you pass another path coming from the right. That is the path that you would have taken when you did not follow the route to the Seru Jamanika at the sign but went straight on there. Maybe someting for another time.
At the dam you go left. You walk on some old asphalt. This dam was constructed by the Shell to create a large lake with water for the refinery. Apparently this project was not very successful because the lake is now known as Lago Disparsé (the lake that disappeared). Enjoy the view here. If you want you can try to descend into the "lake" and walk over the bottom. When you reach the former pump installation you have to go back to the top of the dam. If you stayed on top of the dam you will see the former pump installation at your left. Continue on the dam and then turn right when you reach the broad dirt road . This dirt road leads to the asphalt road (Weg naar Bullenbaai). You can continue till you reach the asphalt road or turn right soon after you pass some old buildings at your left. That small path leads to a normally dry saliña. Cross that saliña diagonally to exit the saliña opposite the entrance to the parking lot of Kokomo beach. Cross the road and walk back to the car.
The track can be downloaded but a better option is to install the Wikiloc app on your smartphone; when you click on the download link with the app installed on your phone the link opens in Wikiloc (can take some time) and you are able to follow the track.