Saturday, 24 May 2014 14:55

St Michiel around the saliña

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  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Terrain: Mostly level, Possibly moist
  • Total distance (km): 4.2
  • Duration (hours): 2 - 2.5

Overview

Hike from the bay in the small fishermen's village of St. Michiel around the saliña (saltpan) of St. Michiel. 

Highlights of this trip:

  • Remains of an old salt storage building (only part of the foundation left)
  • Remains of the old indigo tank
  • sometimes lots of water birds
  • flamingoes
  • Mangroves along the saliña

We park the cars in the parking place behind the dive shop. From there we first take a look at the remains of the salt storage building and walk along the shore of the salt pan. Sometimes lots of crabs can be found here that flee into their holes as soon as we approach. But with a bit of patience and quietness we can see them come back. We take a detour to visit the remains of the indigo tank. When we come back at the saltpan we continue our hike along the shore of the saliña. We try to walk as much as possible on firm ground but, depending on the water level, the underground can be moisty and therefor slippery. 

We take a rest at the dam between two large saliñas. Often flamingos can be seen from there. After the rest we continue our walk along the Northern shore of the saliña. Also this part can have a moist underground. 

Please bring good walking shoes and sufficient water for the trip. Along the shore of the saliña the underground can be muddy so keep this in mind when selecting your shoes.

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Scheduled hikes

In the coming weeks the following hikes will be held (in December there will be no hikes on Tuesdays): 

All hikes start from the parking place mentioned in the description of the hike.

Each hike costs US$ 10.00 per person to be paid at the start of the hike.

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