Far from Willemstad and Mambo Beach is Christoffel Park, tucked away in a pristine corner of Curaçao. This rugged nature reserve is full of rare wild orchids, gigantic cacti and enormous iguanas, surrounded by elegant colonial mansions, an impressive rocky coast and of course the deep blue Caribbean ocean. Welcome to Curaçao's Wild West. You won’t find many tourists in this beautiful corner of the island.
Curaçao can easily be divided in two. The upper part of Banda Ariba is flat. Here you will find the airport, the colonial cityscape of Willemstad and beach resorts full of tourists. Banda Abao, the lower part, has rolling green countryside with rugged scenery. Here lies Christoffel Park, Curaçao’s largest nature reserve, home to animals such as the Curaçao deer, Curaçao falcons, Curaçao barn owls and Curaçao pigeons – all these animals, as the adjective in their name suggests, are found only on Curaçao. You may also spot pelicans and flamingos, and some 250 other species of tropical birds.
“Due to the heat, Mount St Christoffel may only be climbed early in the morning”