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Sint Christoffelberg
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Sint Christoffelberg

 
Sint Christoffelberg

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Curacao, Netherlands/Netherlands Antilles, South America

Lat/Lon: 12.33400°N / 69.1217°W

Object Title: Sint Christoffelberg

Elevation: 1220 ft / 372 m

 

Page By: Olaf

Created/Edited: Dec 7, 2005 / Apr 13, 2014

Object ID: 155116

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Overview

The Sint Christoffelberg is the highest peak of the lower Netherlands Antilles. It is not very hard to climb but gives you a very nice view over the the island. This peak is located on Curacao, the largest island of the 6 dutch antilles.

Getting There

You can go to the Christoffel Park with public transport but before you arrive the park will be closed.
Best thing to do is rent a car and drive to the so called "Band'Abou" (the west side of the island). At the village Barber you follow the directions to the park (see map). It's a very nice trip as this part of the island is not very populated.

Stop at "Landhuis Savonet" (former plantation house) this is the visitor center for the park.

There are two starting points for climbing Christoffel. When taking the first at the visitor center, you will also pass the second at the parking-place near the foot of the hill. The latter can also be reached by car by taking a shortcut, called the route of the mountaineers.

At a slow pace it will take you about half an hour to reach the parking-place on foot. From there you'll need another hour to reach the summit. Back and forth will take about three hours. We strongly recommend that you start as early as possible to avoid the heat. The more so, because the footpath lies on the leeward side of the hill.

Red Tape

No permits are required, you only have to pay an entrance fee to the Christoffel Park, a reservate that's being taken care of by CARMABI.

When To Climb

All year but avoid the hottest hours! Best time to start is around 10.00 AM. Make sure that you bring enough water and head cover to protect you from the burning sun.
Opening time of the park is Mo-Sat 08.00-16.00 hrs. and Sun 06.00-15.00 hrs.

Camping

Camping is not possible. There are a lot of hotels, resorts and lodges all over the island.

Mountain Conditions

If you want you can make a reservation : +5999-864-0363

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OlafUntitled Comment

Olaf

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Thanks for your help!





What a disaster, being stuck on Santa Domingo and not getting any refund from DCA (Dutch Carribean Airlines)!





I hope that you will be visiting this sunny island sometime.
Posted Dec 8, 2005 3:28 am
ScottUntitled Comment

Scott

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Enter these into the coordinate field:





12.334


-69.1217





Posted Dec 7, 2005 2:24 pm
ScottUntitled Comment

Scott

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For a signature photo, hold the mouse over your best pic without clicking.





Also, if you are not finished with the page, write UNDER CONSTRUCTION right at the top of the page. This will allow people to know to hold off the votes until you are finished.





Keep working on the page, and it will be really great.





Interestingly, I was supposed to climb this peak last December, but Royal Dutch Airlines went bankrupt and we got stuck in Santo Domingo and never did get a refund.
Posted Dec 7, 2005 2:34 pm
OlafUntitled Comment

Olaf

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Thanks for your help!





What a disaster, being stuck on Santa Domingo and not getting any refund from DCA (Dutch Carribean Airlines)!





I hope that you will be visiting this sunny island sometime.
Posted Dec 8, 2005 3:28 am
ScottUntitled Comment

Scott

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This peak should be added to the Caribbean Peaks related mountains group. You can do this after going to edit page.
Posted Jan 30, 2006 12:36 pm
mthomasClimb this in the morning

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You can get information on the Christoffel National Park, where this peak is located at:

http://www.christoffelpark.org/

For such a low mountain, the climb was surprisingly fun, with a good scramble at the top and some moderate exposure (Class III).

Word of caution: climb this in the morning, starting before 11:00. The website recommends this, but we arrived at noon and the park wardens would not let us climb it, saying that the 11:00 AM cut-off was not a recommendation, but an absolute rule. Of course, we ignored them, snuck in, and climbed this hill anyway (we were flying out that afternoon and didn't have the option of coming back the following day). The climb is about half-way along a one-way dirt road within the National Park. When we got to the exit gate, it was locked. I guess they really meant their cut-off time... We were lucky, we called the emergency number at the bottom of the map they handed us at the park office and although nobody answered (it seems like the person manning the number--a cell phone--was using it for a personal call), eventually this guy came to the gate and opened it for us. We barely made our flight out...
Posted Jun 7, 2014 12:21 pm

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Images

View from summitSt. ChristoffelbergShade of the trees is very...Another view over the islandRoad towards the start of the...Visitor centerOn the summit
Highest point, 372 meters!