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Excursion 'THE CAPITAL AND ITS CAVES'

Description

Board your comfortable motorcoach for a short scenic drive to the impressive Hato Caves. When you arrive, you'll join a knowledgeable guide for a walking tour through the dramatic, underground limestone grottos. Marvel at the imposing stalactites and stalagmites, which produce unusual shadows in the caves' eerie lighting. Your guide will point out the “Pirate's Head,” the “Sea Turtle” and the “Giant”. Which you can see in the rock formations as well as the famous “Madonna” statue.” Within the caves you will find unexpected crystal-clear pools that form in the limestone's depths. The caves are also a haven for a colony of rarely seen long nose fruit bats. Your tour continues with a scenic drive back to the city where you'll begin a lovely walking tour of the colorful downtown area. First you'll visit the unique floating marketplace, one of the areas most picturesque sights. It's so called because it centers around an area where Venezuelan schooners are docked, and the crews sell products directly from the boat. The catch of the day has never been fresher! On the way to Fort Amsterdam, home to the governor of the Netherlands Antilles, you will pass the beautifully colored merchant houses on the quay of the harbor entrance. A beautiful photo opportunity, they reflect the quintessential juxtaposition of Dutch architecture and bright Caribbean flair. Strategically built in 1635 to guard the vital entrance to the harbor from enemy ships, Fort Amsterdam is one of the most important of Curacao's eight forts and is included as a World Heritage site. Look closely and you will see a cannonball embedded in the southwest wall. This citadel was converted into the Governor's Palace and the office of the Central Government of the Netherlands Antilles. At the rear of the courtyard is Fort Church, Curacao's oldest Protestant church, which includes a museum. The last part of this walk will be to cross the Queen Emma floating bridge, supported by 16 pontoons. The bridge swings open to allow ships to access the port. Affectionately called the “Swinging Old Lady,” this historic bridge, originally built in 1888, has recently completed a total restoration. At the end of your tour, your guide will escort you back to the ship through the Riffort shopping area and the new Renaissance hotel. If you wish, you may remain in town and explore independently, then return to the ship on your own.

When would you like to leave?
Adult € 49.00
Child (3-13 old) € 36.75
Length 2 1/2 hours approximately
Level Easy Easy
Type Eco Natural Trail Eco Natural Trail
Cultural Cultural
 
What you need to know

Please note: Space is limited, so please reserve early. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. Please do not forget insect repellant.