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.
Highlights of this trip:
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).
For a map of the trail check the download link below under the heading "Trail map". Also the track is available for download there.
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.
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").
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.