Imagine being in a cave and there are no lights. The pitch blackness that is around you. How would you get around? Would you take a step or wait for the lights to come on. This is something you can experience in Hato Caves in Curacao. The tour of the caves cost $9 per person, which isn’t too bad for a one hour tour. Even though the tour is relatively short it was very interesting. They have tours every hour and we arrived about 30 minutes before the hour. This gave us a chance to walk around the grounds before the tour.
There are numbered signs around the grounds. The descriptions were on a map that we did not take with us, so needless to say we wandered around just looking a the grounds. Make sure you grab a map or at least take a photo of it with your phone so you can see what things are (don’t be like us).
We saw this sign every where on the property and all over Curacao. Don’t eat the fruit off of this tree I don’t recall seeing any fruit but maybe they were out of season when we were there.
There were also lots of Cacti and iguanas here. The Iguanas are pretty quick and it was hard to catch a photograph of them. The cacti were easy though (he he).
After our walk around we waited for the tour to start. There were only four of us on the tour which was great. It was like our own private tour. You can’t take pictures in most of the caves but there is one spot where they let you take photos. I was not aware of this so I left my camera in the car and I left my cell phone there too (it was charging). Don’t make this mistake either. Thankfully my husband had his cell phone so all the photos in the caves were taken with his phone.
The caves used to be inhabited by runaway slaves they used to hide here. The caves are made of coral limestone and we had to climb up 100 steps to get to them. We walked in the caves and the guide told us about the slaves that had been there. The ceiling is black because of the torches that the slaves used when they were in the caves. The caves now have electricity and there is a walkway so it is very safe. There are stalagmites and stalactites in the caves, these things take forever to form. At one point in the cave the guide turned off the lights and it was pitch black. So black that you could not see your hand in front of your face. Your eyes don’t seem to adjust to the dark in here. Can you imagine spending the night here? Also, it’s very quiet in there. It’s eerie.
There is one room where a piece of the ceiling fell and has let light in. In this room since there is already light so you are allowed to whip out your camera or cell phone and take pictures.
All in all it was a good tour and we learned a lot. I would definitely recommend it if you don’t mind climbing the steps to get to the caves and if you aren’t claustrophobic.