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Curacao: rest and adventure

Friday, August 15, 2014

Upon hearing the word come to mind Curacao beaches with crystal clear water, blue sky and colorful cocktails home tile. And yes, this is. But on this trip to the former Dutch colony discovered other facets: unspoiled nature, history and a sea that sometimes looks blue and in others, turquoise.

Curacao is nestled in the Caribbean, 50 miles from the Venezuelan coast. It is so easy to cross it only two hours are needed to pass, by car, from one end to another, but the ideal is to enter calmly in its 64 km long and its 444 square kilometers of area.



In addition to its official language, Papiamento, the population speaks English, Dutch and Spanish. Its capital, Willemstad, is perfect for spotless lost amidst colorful facades of buildings, typical of the Dutch colonial architecture, which was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997 instead.

The city is divided into two districts: Punda, founded in 1634, works as a commercial center; and residential sector Otrabanda (1707). Both are connected thanks to Emma Bridge, which serves as the entrance and boat cruises the bay of Santa Ana. Certain times of day you open for the passage of vessels.

This Caribbean destination offers countless possibilities for travelers. The adventure lovers can go to Hato Cave (north of Willemstad), welcoming with its ancient petroglyphs, waterfalls and a delicate network of stalagmites and stalactites.

The blue waters receive hundreds of tourists who love diving, kayaking, snorkeling and water skiing. And if you want to know the depths of the sea, but without diving, submarine there at your service.

There is also extensive golf courses and you can go mountaineering in the Christoffel National Park. In fact, this park is one of the most surprising places those seeking more than rest. It is located in the north of the island and has 2,300 hectares. It is a kingdom of iguanas, white tailed deer, caves and secluded beaches.

Hotel and museum at a time

It built in the historic center is Otrabanda which means Kura Hulanda Dutchman courtyard, a resort that includes an anthropological museum, which reveals a striking example of what was the African slave trade to America.

The interest in Africa was born of one of its founders, Jacob Dekker, who upon reaching Curacao fell in love with the island and decided to buy a house in what then was a depressed sector.

Dekker bought one by one the 16 neighboring buildings (to complete eight blocks) without any of them-just collapse restaurándolas- decided to shape a project that spans more than 80 rooms, all different.
Tourists can feel in a small town. What was a room 12 slaves, today is a great suite.

The Shoppers have Punda sector in a wide range of stores with products for all tastes and budgets. European clothes, French perfumes, Japanese electronics, glassware Irish, English porcelain, Chinese leather and Italian tablecloths is achieved.

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