Christoffel National Park

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Since its establishment in 1978, Christoffel National Park has become a safe refuge for hundreds of native species that are scarcely seen anywhere on the rest of Curacao. Luckily, this conservation area and its rich ecosystem is open to visitors who seek to explore the side of Curacao away from the beaches and tourist attractions, and is sure to please anyone who takes the time necessary to fully appreciate this massive reserve.

Christoffel National Park is a reserve that is maintained to be as natural as possible. You should expect no less than dense forests, blooming flowers, and wild animals, and in the center of the park is Mount Christoffel. The natural state also means you should expect bugs, so do not forget the bug spray.

Activities as Christoffel National Park are as varied as the species that live there, and there is something for everyone of every taste. For those up for a true adventure, there are over eight hiking trails that can be explored and hiked over a few hours. These trails range from easy walks across fields to rough climbs up the mountainous slopes. These slopes also become an attraction for the adrenaline seekers who can mountain bike on several trails as well, though the park does ask that you use their bikes and not personal ones. Other activities include nature watching, such as bird watching for the tropical flyers, and deer watching for the endangered Curacao White Tailed Deer, reduced to only 250. Finally, if this seems like too much to do in one day, it probably is. So call ahead and reserve a camp site and spend the night under the stars.

Location

Christoffel National Park lies on the island of Curacao, 3.3 miles east of Lagun; it is to the southeast of Westpunt.

The park is a major attraction on Curacao and is easy to get to if you drive yourself or ask guide. Additionally, the main bus station in Otrabanda have buses that leave every two hours to the park.

Nearby Restaurants

You can find a fairly sizable number of dining places to select from in the general area surrounding the nature preserve. Villa Monte Bar Grill Restaurant is an ideal locale to eat at before spending time at Christoffel National Park , and is the most convenient option for visitors to this attraction. Also within reach, you and your group will find eateries like Landhuis Daniel and Watamula Restaurant so hopefully, at least one of these nearby options will placate the entire gang.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find other attractions nearby, including Savonet Museum, which is within traveling range in Savonet. You might want to also think about heading over to Den Paradera, which is another nearby attraction.

If a visit to the Christoffel National Park isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, take a look at what is closest in the following table.

Attractions Near Christoffel National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Savonet Museum Museum -- -- Savonet
Den Paradera -- 1.7 mi. (4.9 km) NNW 3.0 mi. East-Southeast of Westpunt
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation Historic Site 3.0 mi. (3.1 km) WNW 1.9 mi. South-Southeast of Westpunt
Tula Museum Museum 3.0 mi. (3.1 km) WNW 1.9 mi. South-Southeast of Westpunt
Landhuis Ascension Museum 4.7 mi. (14.7 km) SE Ascencion
Hato Caves GeoFeature 14.6 mi. (6.8 km) SE 4.2 mi. North of Piscadera
Kueba Di Hato GeoFeature 14.6 mi. (6.9 km) SE 4.3 mi. North of Piscadera

More Information

Hours

Arrive early, especially if you plan to hike Mt. Christoffel. The park gates open at 7:30 a.m., no further admittance is allowed at 2:30 p.m., and the time to leave is at 4:00 p.m., except on Sundays when operating hours are 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are planning to camp at the park, you will need to arrive during this time.

Cost

Adults pay $12(USD) to gain entry into Christoffel National Park, while children aged six to 12 cost $4.50, and those under six get in for free. If you are visiting with a group of 15 people or more, you may register as a group and pay just $8.50 per adult. Guests can also reserve bikes to use at the park for $20 per person per day.

Location: Savonet z/n, Curacao

Phone

(999) 864-0363

(999) 540-3604

Website

http://www.christoffelpark.org/

Email

info@christoffelpark.org

 

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