Fascinating Curacao & Folkloric Show
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3¼ Hours
Experience some unique Curaçao culture on this introduction to the Netherlands Antilles. Stop at Riffort Village for photos and view the famous "swinging lady" Emma Bridge, the colonial-style merchant mansions and Fort Amsterdam from here. Your guide explains the history behind what you see.
Drive to the Chichis Gallery & Workshop. Chichis is a nickname for women from Curaçao. At this factory, local women make sculptures in typical island form and paint them in charming tropical colors. Each and every sculpture is unique. You’ll gain an impression of the jobs created through this social project, providing an income for poor families.
Next up is the Dinah Veeris Herb & Historic Garden. Legendary traditional herbalist Dinah -- the ‘herb medicine woman’ -- or a member of her team will lead you through this wonderful garden. In a colorful and entertaining way, you will learn about the trees here and the enormous variety of herbs and their various uses. Enjoy the serene gardens. You will find small cottages at the back of the garden, which showcase how people lived in the old days. In the shop, numerous natural products and herbs for sale. A healthy, botanical refreshment will be served.
Move to the shaded area of the garden to watch a charming folkloric show. Dancers in costume demonstrate the Tumba and Wapa -- the rhythmic dances of the island. They’ll also teach you some local songs and, if you are up for it, feel free to join in the dancing. A brief ‘workshop’ is included -- a great opportunity to meet the local population and tune into some Caribbean vibes.
A scenic drive returns you to the ship -- watch for some slave houses and estates along the way.
The Chichis Gallery is closed on Sundays; a visit to Fort Nassau will be substituted. Named for the House of Orange-Nassau, 16th-century Fort Nassau lies on small next to St Anna Bay in the city of Willemstad. It provides a charming 360⁰ view over a large part of the island.