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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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Willemstad using our trip planner.
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  • This was our first trip to Curacao and we rented a car on the advice of friends to explore the many beaches and sites Curacao has to offer. We chose to explore Hato caves and were very pleased that we...  more »
  • Nice to have a time. The caves are warm inside. The guide told a nice story and history was properly exposed. Every hour is a tour of 45 minutes. Note the caves are only accessible via a steep stone staircase with almost 50. Disabled access ongaanbaar.
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  • What a place such a mind blowing adventure going into all the rooms/caverns, leaves you thinking WOW. We thought someone had smoked a joint/weed but its the smell of the bats lol. The tour guide Natal...  more »
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  • A must see. It's very old and family owned and operated. Because it is very old, the sights are limited, but the caves are a wonder and the way it is lit, amazes you. The live bats won't bother you and are also a sight to see with your own eyes. Even a picture won't do this place justice.
  • My expectations weren't high - hey it's a cave. I was really pleasantly surprised - this is an enormous and beautiful limestone cave system. It's well set up with lighting and walkways that allow you to go over 100 metres inside the cave. On the hour they run tours included with the price of admission, that are informative and interesting. Add this to your list of things to see on Curacao.
  • Hato Caves was AMAZING! It provided a reason to go to a side of the island we hadn't seen. It was a really cool historical learning experience, as well as providing really cool views of the inside of the caves. Our tour guide was fabulous, but I did get scared when we saw the bats. The woman inside the small concession booth was helpful as well. Not to mention, I could drink Curacao fruit punch forever & they sold it there. There were lots of little lizards running around the small cafe, and the snacks/beverages were not overpriced. Hato Caves is open on Sundays which is awesome, as not much of Curacao is. If you're going to Curacao & don't mind some extra humidity, definitely stop by the caves
  • Very cool caves with real fruit bats, turtles. Good drink and snack shack too. Great guided tour.
  • Quite a climb up the steps but cool cave. Cool bats inside.

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