The Christoffelpark National Curacao — a must see for everyone!
Christoffelpark is the largest national park of Curacao and a must see for everyone. The park has a rich variety of local flora and fauna. Nature lovers will find the park teeming with local birds and plants, including species, which are not easily seen elsewhere on the island. For example wild orchids, the palabrua, the rare native barn owl. The Curacao White Tailed deer (of which there are only about 250 left) and much more.
Hiking trails and activities
There are eight hiking trails, allowing the visitor the choice between an easy stroll, or for instance, a challenging hike to the top of the Christoffel mountain (recommended for early morning). Scenic car routes take you through underbush, around hills and across sea swept bluffs. The park also organizes special activities, including safaris, deer watching, animal presentations, cave excursions, a guided park tour and many special trips like occasional full moon walks and sunrise safari’s.
Culture and history
Besides natural riches the park also offer much in the way of culture and history. Plantation Savonet is one of the earliest plantations to be set up on the island and is one of the most complete plantation complexes with structures including the plantation house, store houses, dams, wells and much more. The former plantation house now locates Savonet Museum. This is one of the cultural highlights of Curacao and definately worth a visit. There is a seperate entrance fee to the museum, but if you want to visit the museum as well as the park special prices apply.
All in all visitors will need a minimum of 1 day to explore all attractions of the park.
Visitors are welcomed from Mondays to Sundays. At the front desk our personnel give all the information about possibilities and tours. Driving through the park on the paved routes with your own car is one of the possibilities as is hiking on of the selected trails. To get better image of the park and its natural resources we suggest you participate in one of the guided trips offered almost daily. It is recommended to make a reservation for a guided trip. For more information on activities and to make reservations please contact us.
See the ‘opening hours & fees’ for more information.
There are eight hiking trails, of which the Christoffel Mountain climb is the most adventurous one. It is advisable to do this early in the morning; otherwise the sun will be relentless.
_____Plantation and Boka Grandi Trail: 1,5 hour hike
Walk through the former plantation, past a mahogany grove, wells, dams, a saliña (salt marsh) and limestone terraces to Boka Grandi. Enjoy beautiful panoramas of Landhouse Savonet and the surrounding hills; picnic at Boka Grandi.
……….White Tail Deer Trail: 20 minute hike
A short, shaded walk through the white-tail deer sanctuary with a stop at the Dos Pos (“two wells”) picnic area.
———White-Tail Deer Trail: 40 minute hike
An easy walking trail with a picnic area. The tail leads past ‘Dos Pos’ (“two wells”), the deer observation tower within the deer sanctuary and a part of the former irrigation works.
———White Tail Deer/ Boka Grandi Trail: 1,5 hour hike
Pass through the picnic area and the deer sanctuary to the north coast and Boka Grandi. Enjoy limestone terraces and panoramas of Landhouse Savonet.
…………Zorgvlied Trail: 1,5 hour hike
Hike to the Landhouse Zorgvlied ruins with their panoramic view, through typical vegetation and through Rooi Beru (dry river bed)
.._.._.._Santa Cruz Rooi Trail: 1,5 hour hike
Explore this area with its old wells, irrigation works, interesting geological formations and the Zevenbergen ruins.
.._.._.._Orchid Trail: 2 hour hike
This challenging trail runs through one of the most beautiful areas of the park, named ‘Shete Seru’ (Seven Hills). Look for lichens, beard mosses, bromeliads and orchids. Pass the manganese mine and several great photo ops over Landhouse Kenepa and the park. A ten minute side trail leads to ‘Seru Bientu’ (Windy Mountain), where the rare Sabal Palm grows.
_____Christoffel Mountain Trail: 2 – 3 hour hike
A strenuous hike and climb; up and down, starting from the visitor’s center it will take approximately three hours. From the foot of the mountain it will take two hours. Look for interesting geological formations, Rooi Beru (a dry river bed), lichens, beard moss, bromeliads and orchids along the way. Spectacular views of the island reward you at the top.