25th anniversary Hato caves
WILLEMSTAD - Hato Caves celebrates its 25th anniversary. At least, they are about 200,000 years old, but since only 25 years open to the public. The caves were used by the Caiquetio Indians and later the slaves who found sheltered there from their owners.
The Hato Caves is located on the north side of the island and only two minutes from the International Airport of Curaçao.
The Hato Caves is the biggest and most prominent cave on the island. Since 1991 the Hato Caves were opened officially to the public after undergoing an intensive upgrading by the Government to make it accessible by foot. Nowadays the Hato Caves can be considered the most beautiful and public friendly cave of the island.
Curaçao is formed in layers going up in height called terraces. While most caves are to be found in the second terrace, the Hato Caves are uniquely found in the third terrace of the island.
The Hato Caves is a great park to visit. You will be delighted to see seldom long-nose bats, beautiful limestone formations, a romantic water pool and a statue of mother Maria holding her only child.
At The Hato Caves you will experience the beauty of Curacao’s nature, history and culture.