HATO CAVES AND TOUR OF WILLEMSTAD
An exciting excursion to discover the island of Curaçao and its capital with a visit to the Hato Caves, a magnificent wonder of nature, and the capital of Willemstad with its history and colonial architecture to fully appreciate the Caribbean spirit.
What we will see
- Hato Caves: imposing stalactites and stalagmites
- Stroll in Willemstad: floating market
- Colourful houses and stop for photos
- Fort Amsterdam
- Queen Emma bridge
- Shopping in Riffort
What we will do
- We leave the port by coach and start on our tour with the majestic Hato caves.
- Once there, we walk around these impressive underground caves while our guide provides us with relevant information.
- We are amazed by the imposing stalactites and stalagmites found in the caves generating unusual shadows.
- The guide points out some rock formations such as the Pirate's Head, Sea Tortoise and Madonna Statue.
- Inside the caves, we also find crystal-clear water pools formed hundreds of years ago, petroglyphs that are at least 1500 years old and underground waterfalls.
- These caves are also a haven for an extremely rare species of bat.
- We then leave the caves behind us and continue on a scenic route that takes us to the centre of Willemstad, where we begin our stroll around the capital.
- The first stop is the typical floating market, one of the most picturesque places in the city and named after the traders who sell fresh fish and vegetables directly from their boats.
- Before reaching Fort Amsterdam, seat of the Curaçao Governor, we pass in front of the typical colourful merchant houses at the entrance of the harbour.
- We stop off briefly for photos to fully grasp the essence of Dutch architecture combined with the characteristic Caribbean spirit.
- We continue our walk to Fort Amsterdam, built in 1635 to monitor the port and impede the access to enemy ships. It is now one of the eight most important in Curaçao and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- If we look closely, we might be able to spot the cannonball stuck in the south-western wall.
- The citadel is now the seat of the Curaçao Government and Parliament. The fort church is located towards the back of the courtyard. It is the oldest Protestant church in Curaçao and also includes a museum.
- The last stop on our walk takes us to Queen Emma bridge, a floating bridge supported by 16 pillars and completely renovated. It is also known as the Swinging Old Lady, as it is sometimes opened to allow ships to enter the port.
- After our tour, the guide will take us to Riffort, an area filled with shops where we can indulge in some shopping.
- We can choose whether to stay behind and continue exploring the city at our own leisure before making our own way back to the ship.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- During the tour, the guide will provide information in English only.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- We recommend bringing insect repellent with you.