Curaçao Map
Site Index
Contact
Random
Our Travel Books
Advertising / Press

A Hike Around the Saliñas of St. Michiel

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Leaving from Boka Sami, there’s a circular hike leading around the lagoon and salt flats of St. Michiel, and up to the top of Michielsberg. It’s an easy walk, about five kilometers long, and shows off some of Curaçao’s diverse nature.

Salt Flat Curacao Hike

For the most part, the path hems close to the Saliñas of St. Michiel. This calm lagoon is no longer used to manufacture salt, but the rectangular lines of the former beds are still visible. Today, the flats are only used by flamingos, a large group of which can regularly be seen foraging for food. The trail brought us to within about twenty meters of the birds; a respectable distance, but too close for their comfort. As we approached, they paused their feeding, squawking and flapping until we moved on.

Salt Flat Curacao Hike

The flamingos were neat, but the best part of the hike was the climb up the hill known as Michielsberg. It’s not especially steep, but the trail is shielded from the wind blowing in from the east, so can be difficult on a hot day. However, the view from the top is worth it, allowing you to see the stunning diversity of Curaçao’s landscapes.

After making a complete circle around the lagoon, we returned to Boka Sami. A couple weeks before, this had been the departure point for a different hike, along the cliffs to Varesenbaai. Both hikes are short and simple, and you could easily combine the two.

Locations on our Map: Boka Sami | Summit of Michielsberg
Our Route on Wikiloc

Buy Your Hiking Gear Here

Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
Salt Flat Curacao Hike
, , , , , , , , ,
January 29, 2016 at 12:02 pm Comments (0)

Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Sint Willibrodrus sits along the edge of the Jan Kok Bay, on the western coast of Curaçao. It’s a small town, but one with big ambitions. As you approach, it’s impossible to miss the “Williwood” sign on a hill in the distance. Actually, you might miss it, if your attention has been captured by all of the flamingos.

Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos

Just before entering Sint Willibrodrus, you’ll see the old saliñas of Rif-Sint Marie, a former salt mining plantation. The plantation is now in ruins, and its former grounds have been designated as a protected habitat for flamingos. It’s almost a sure bet that you’ll spot some here; hundreds of flamingos live on Curaçao year-round.

Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos

Sint Willibrodrus is a quiet town of a few hundred people. We drove through a couple times, on the way to Daaibooi Beach, and rarely saw a soul. Given the small population, you might be surprised by the size of its Roman Catholic church, built in the 1880s. Painted a deep yellow and set upon the highest point in town, it’s visible for miles around, and looks like it could comfortably fit the rest of Sint Willibrodrus within its walls.

Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos

You can’t drive through Sint Willibrodrus without stopping at Williwood, the popular toko responsible for the Hollywood-esque sign at the town’s entrance. Toko is a Papiamento term meaning “mini-market,” but Williwood is also a popular restaurant and bar, with a popular barbecue party on Sunday evenings.

Locations on our Map: Rif-Sint Marie (Flamingos) | Church of Sint Willibrodrus | Williwood

Curacao Hotels

Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
Sint Willibrodrus and its Flamingos
, , , , , , ,
December 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm Comments (0)
A Hike Around the Salias of St. Michiel Leaving from Boka Sami, there's a circular hike leading around the lagoon and salt flats of St. Michiel, and up to the top of Michielsberg. It's an easy walk, about five kilometers long, and shows off some of Curaçao's diverse nature.
For 91 Days