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Hato Caves, Willemstad

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Once home to the Amerindian Arawaks 1500 years ago, Hato Caves still contain many of the petroglyphs left behind by their original inhabitants. A comfortable, paved trail leads you deep into the Earth, winding through stalagmites, stalactites, and other bizarre rock formations. You’ll have a guide on hand to relay stories of how man's relationship with the caves has evolved over time, while also explaining the geology behind the caves' formation. With steep paths and steps, entering the caves can present difficulties for people with mobility issues. A visit to Hato Caves represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Curacao itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • The tour is not long but reasonably priced $8 US as of Jan 2017. Guide was fun and did everything in English and Dutch. A few bats and basic stalagmite/stalactites cave stuff. Will feel small if you h...  more »
  • After we have made a walk in the "Indian Trail", where you can discover the most common trees and birds in Curacao, we guide the caves. The guide spoke English, was very clear and had a good sense of humor. He gave a lot of useful information. Both about the cave as the island itself. You could ask him everything, he knew anywhere answer to. If wished was the tour could also be given in other languages (German, Dutch or French). The caves were gorgeous, solo, there was much more to see. Definitely a must if you want to have a wow-moment during your stay in Curacao. Both for cold, and warm days. You don't have to dress warm, the cave is already warm by itself.
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  • Only guided visits, but the guide will squeeze every little detail and make it a 50 minutes tour. Won't go back, but I recommend for a rainy day. 
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  • Must visit on the island. Beautiful cave with different rooms, each with their own things to see. Very nice guides to take you around. Tours leave every hour.
  • Great adventure. Our tour guide was very good. The story about slaves living there was very interesting. Please know there isn't a long set of steps you have to go up to get to the start of the tour. Once inside you will be amazed by the side of the rooms. Definitely worth seeing.
  • Located very close to the airport! Well worth it! A quick tour, guided by an energetic tour guide.
  • Interesting to see but for my taste a bit to developed. The paved walkways and fans all the way through take away a little from the authenticity. Guide was very friendly and eager to answer questions
  • Highly interesting cave tour with a congenial tour-guide. Dress lightly because it gets hot and humid down there. You can't take pictures for most of the tour but they do allow it at one grand light filled spot in the cavern.