AAA Editor Notes
Christoffel National Park is 38 mi. (60 km) n. of Willemstad at the n.w. end of the island, entered at Landhuis Savonet. This 5,683-acre (2,300-hectare) wildlife preserve is the island's largest preserved area and encompasses three former plantations. Twenty miles (31 km) of driving trails offer glimpses of rare orchids, bromeliads, cacti, several bird species, iguanas, lizards and Curaçao's white-tailed deer. Several bat caves are adorned with Arawak petroglyphs. Eight well-marked hiking trails traverse the park and ascend Mount Christoffel, the highest point on the island. The Savonet Museum houses a whale exposition with skeletons found on the island's shores.
The 2-hour mountain hike from the visitor center should be planned for the cool morning hours; last admission to hike Mount Christoffel is at 11. Safari, deer-spotting, bird-watching, mountain climbing, cave and guided walking tours are offered for an additional fee. Visitors should pack water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Guided tours are available. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.