Caves & City Highlights
This tour gives you a chance to experience two highlights of Curaçao—the Hato Caves and the famous city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A short drive brings you to the caves—home to beautiful limestone formations, including the famous Madonna statue and a colony of seldom-seen long-nose fruit bats. The caves contain an impressive array of stalagmites and stalactites. Join your guide in recognizing animals or figures in the various stone formations. From here, drive back to the city center, where your walking tour through begins. First, you will pass the floating fruit and vegetable market, where vendors sell their products from traditional Venezuelan schooners. You will also pass the beautifully colored merchant houses on the quayside. These buildings represent Curaçao's lively history of trade and the mansions here are postcard-perfect models for Curaçao vacation pictures. You're on your way to Fort Amsterdam—a beautiful Caribbean palace and home to the governor of the Netherlands Antilles. The last part of your walk will be across the floating bridge that connects the two sides of the city. If the bridge is open due to ship traffic, you will use the ferry. Your guide will escort you back to the ship through the Riffort area, complete with many shops and hotels. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore on their own are welcome to do so, but must return to the ship on their own.
There are 50 steps to get up to the caves.