The Tafelberg is the most iconic mountain in Curacao!
The Tafelberg mesa is in southeastern Curaçao, near the Santa Barbara beach. It is 196.1 meters (643 ft) high, making it the fourth-highest point on Curaçao. The earliest written reference to the Santa Barbara plantation, where the Tafelberg is situated, and covers an area of about 1200 hectares, dates to the 16th century.
This amazing formation is in the premises of Santa Barbara Plantation. “It stands out rather distinctively amid the mostly flat surroundings around Spanish Waters Bay in southeastern Curacao, a jagged peak rising steeply to one side giving way to a flat plateau on the other.”
Hiking at Tafelberg
Tafelberg has two opened hiking trails that submit the mountain, the longest walk starts at RCC shop at the gate of Santa Barbara Plantation all the way to the far east of the north face 2.5 miles/4Km approximate distance; another trail to the west end of the wall 1.8 miles/2.8 Km approximate distance, an steep terrain section of about 30 minutes to reach the wall base, for those that wants to skip the approaching section to the skirt of the mountain, other means of transportation is available (bicycles, car ride).
The vegetation of the area is sparse, owing to the endemic lack of water. For the first time, visitors are highly recommended to get a guided trip.
Hikers must plan a full day journey; starting early in the morning also helps to avoid sun heat. Full day hiking costs are US $65 for groups of more than two people or US$125 for a solo hiker.
Solo or group experienced hikers must check in at the shop, sign the waiver and pay the entrance fee US$20
Bring 1L of water
Wear sport or hiking shoes and socks
Wear hat or other sun protection
Bring snacks or food
Stay on the trail path
Beware of cactuses
Practice no traces behind philosophy
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