In the morning, Shaylee and I climbed Christoffelberg, the highest point on Curacao. We took a few wrong turns getting there from the aquarium, but once were on the made road, we went right there.
At the beginning of the hike, I soaked my shirt in the creek that was there, but it didn't do much good because of the really high humidity.
The peak was actually a very interesting climb and the mountain was more impressive than its elevation would indicate. It rained a little, so the steep scramble was a little slippery. The vegetation was really interesting as well.
From the summit, we could see all the way to South America. There were many colorful beetles on top which would land on us and cover us.
On the way down we saw a small snake and two really big iguanas. We got back just in time since it started raining really hard just after we reached the rental car.
On the way back, we visited the Hato Caves. These are commercial caves, but they were really beautiful and interesting. We saw another iguana in the tree as well.
Driving the rental at here without directions (no one
At our resort could describe how to get here!) was half the fun. Beautiful hike - if hot and steamy - enjoyed the plant life along the way and the easy scramble to make the top. Shares the summit with Dutch, Canadians and
Others. Great views! Happy to sip a drink in the pool at the beach later that day.
Couple hours round trip. Quick but hot climb.
My family and I cruised the southern Caribbean on an 8-night voyage out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I hiked this one using a rental car out of Willemstad. I met a couple (Peter and Chantelle)from the Toronto area at the trailhead and hiked with them most of the way up. This summit was preceded by successful summits of Pic Paradis, St. Martin on 12/19 and Mount Branderis, Bonaire on 12/22; and followed by a successful summit of Mount Jamanota, Aruba on 12/24.
Christoffelberg is another fantastic Caribbean hiking experience - you can't beat the views and the adventure!
Look for our report at www.naturalbornhikers.com
Lovely hike but very very hot. This is the 6th time I climb this hill and I love the wide view over the island.