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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 Willemstad itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Incredible experience. To turn off the lights you can listen and watch absolute nothing! A bit contradictory but an amazing experience. There are bats but do not be afraid. Do not approach
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  • August 7, 2017
    Approximately 120m long, small cave, which can be visited only with a guide. Tours begin every 30 to 60 minutes and last about 35 minutes. Especially for not so long-lasting small children a nice place for a cooling down under the Earth close to the airport - including bats.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We thought it was a cool activity for in between. The caves were really great and our guide was really cool and funny.
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  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • March 24, 2017
    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.
  • January 12, 2017
    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
  • May 4, 2017
    Very cool caves with real fruit bats, turtles. Good drink and snack shack too. Great guided tour.
  • June 2, 2017
    Quite a climb up the steps but cool cave. Cool bats inside.

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