For the time being no hikes scheduled in advance

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StMichielsberg via Seru Blandan 20181127 014 webThis year we have a good rain season. Lots of rain. That is good for our plants. They grow abundantly and the island is very green. Very nice to discover through a hike. The only problem is that  most of my hikes are over single-track trails, which means that the path is just broad enough for one person to pass at the same time. Currently even that is no longer the case. Because of the abundant growth of some of the plants the paths are completely overgrown. For my hikes I want to offer easily accessible trails; that means that at this moment I have to check a trail before I can schedule it. And most of the time the check reveals that it is necessary to clear the track from that overgrowing vegetation before I can schedule it. That takes one to four half day sessions. So it is nearly impossible for me to keep up a weekly scheduled hike.


Changes in the offered hikes and schedule

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Seru Jamanika 20180923 024 webAfter the success of the last Seru Jamanika hike there seems to be an interest in hikes that are a bit more challenging; so the hike from Vaersenbaai to Boka Sami and then back via the Seru Sami will be reintroduced in the schedule. Also this hike contains a challenging climb and is a bit longer than my normal hikes. That also means that the pace during these longer hikes will be somwewhat higher than during my other hikes.

The two hikes for which I have two different routes that have a partial overlap I will schedule the two versions alternating. So for the route at the Caracasbaai peninsula I will go to the top of the Kabrietenberg (Mountain of the goats) and the next time I will do the hike around the mountain. The first part along Fort Beekenburg and the Quarantaine building is for both hikes the same. The same applies for the two versions of the route around the saliña of St. Michiel. In one version I will go to the top of the mountain and in the alternative version I will skip the mountain. The part around the saliña is for both hikes the same.

GDPR-regulation

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gdpr awareness copyOn May 25 the new GDPR-regulations become valid for all European companies and companies that deal with people living in Europe. Because Curaçao Hiking organizes hikes for locals and tourists this means that this new law also is valid for the European tourists who register for a hike or who subscribe to the Curaçao Hiking newsletter.
In simple terms this new privacy regulation means that you as a customer have the right to know what information about you is kept and for what purpose it is kept. Also you have the right to ask this information to be sent to you or to request the deletion of the information about you.

New and renewed routes

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Seru Jamanika verkenning 20180307 027 webDuring the past weeks I have explored a possible new route around the lagune of Jan Thiel, I checked if a discontinued hike (Seru Jamanika) is once again accessible and I looked into an extension of the existing hike at Jan Thiel West.

Around the Jan Thiel lagoon

The hike around the lagune of Jan Thiel is a long one; it needs some more exploring to find the best route. Because of its length I will most probably not include this hike in my regular schedule but will announce it as an extra hike probably on Saturdays.

The Seru Jamanika

The hike to the Seru Jamanika was discontinued because the route became inaccessible due to fallen trees. In the meantime a group volunteers of Hbike outdoor Curacao has cleared the trail, so I decided to check it out. Because this hike overlaps the Malpais hike almost completely I will schedule the route to the Seru Jamanika alternately with the hike through Malpais on the Sundays.

Jan Thiel West renewed

And lastly I went exploring for an extension to the Jan Thiel West hike. In the past I had a short alternative for this hike along the coast but discontinued that hike because it was so short. Now I have combined the route along the coast with the normal Jan Thiel West hike and also extended the second part by going along the shore of the lagune. This hike will become the normal version of the Jan Thiel West hike.

More information

Look below for the links to the three new or renewed hikes:

Curaçao hiking picture site

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JanThiel rondom 20180305 020 Luminar2018 edit webAfter a hike I normally post pictures of that hike on my facebook page. That is easy and convenient. But when you want to look back at previous hikes you have to scroll down quite a bit to find these. To make it easier to look at pictures of previous hikes I have created a new website with pictures taken during the scheduled hikes, pictures taken during hikes with other hiking organizations in Curaçao, pictures taken during my own hikes or hikes with friends and, last but not least, my pictures of the beautiful underwater world of Curaçao. All this can be found at https://johndohmen.smugmug.com/