Published On: Wed, Nov 20th, 2013

Christoffel Park mentioned in the Miami Herald as one of the wonders in the Caribbean

christoffel-parkWILLEMSTAD – Recently the Miami Herald published an article titled “Exploring the Wonders of the Caribbean”. The Christoffel National Park in Curacao was also mentioned as one of the four places worthy of a visit.

According to the Miami Herald, a Caribbean getaway prompts visions of steel drum music, palm-lined beaches, elegant accommodations and a laid-back vacation. But the Caribbean has another aspect that may intrigue travelers: its unusual natural features. Many Caribbean islands have unique features that even seasoned travelers will find fascinating. Some are easily accessible, some not, but all will give you a different perspective of the Caribbean.

Barbados, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grand Cayman and Trinidad were also mentioned in the article for their unusual natural features.

The Miami Herald indicated that when you When you think of the Caribbean, you probably picture tropical rainforests and lush vegetation. But when you visit Christoffel National Park in the western part of Curacao, you may think you’ve been transported to Arizona. The landscape in this arid region looks more like Arizona’s desert country than a stereotypical Caribbean vista.

You’ll see candelabra-shaped cacti up to 20 feet high, century plants (agave) with their tall central shoots, wind-blown divi-divi trees, prickly pears and aloe. You may run across wild goats and donkeys as well as land iguanas, which are prized by locals for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. You also may spot petroglyphs left by pre-Columbian Arawak culture.

According to the Curacao Tourism Bureau (CTB), a publication like this should stimulate the people of Curacao to continue working on the products Curacao has to offer. CTB wants to motivate the community to take care of the island’s natural features and the preservation of what Curacao has to offer.

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