So what’s the hot news I mentioned in my Friday post? It’s Curacao. During my summer blog break, we vacationed in Curacao, an island in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Venezuela. And let me tell you, Curacao is hot, hot, hot! It’s so hot your skin sizzles like bacon frying in a pan!
Curacao, also known for its Blue Curacao Liqueur, has gorgeous blue water surrounding it and beautiful vistas. My husband, who likes to do things ahead of time, booked a tour of the island online before we left the U.S. The day of the tour we quickly found it wasn’t the Cadillac of tours. It was what I called, Pablo’s Killer Yellow Jeep Tour.
Pablo greeted us wearing a t-shirt and camouflage pants. We climbed aboard the canopied yellow jeep and sat down on hard bench seats, facing each other. We discovered there were no seat belts, the speedometer was broken, and the jeep was not the newest model around.
As we drove away from the hotel, we had a sneaking suspicion Pablo was secretly training for the Indianapolis 500. We sped through the streets of Curacao, screeching around corners, roundabouts, and up and down hills. We picked up a Dutch family of four and a newlywed couple from the U.S. Packed into the jeep, the full day tour began.
Pablo gave us instructions: Keep heads, arms, and hands inside the jeep at all times. If he yelled ay yi yi, that meant to duck from trees and bushes, scraping the sides of the jeep.
Despite my misgivings, Pablo turned out to be an excellent tour guide. He spoke four different languages and was a wealth of information. He gave us the history of the island and the structure of the present government. We learned about the island electricity, the oil refinery, pollution, the water system, and why family members were buried on top of other family members.
He introduced us to local plants and animals and pointed out poisonous trees and bushes with thorns.
We got a first-hand look at the home and artistic work of Yubi Kirindongo, a well-known local artist
Pablo treated us to an off-road drive to see the sea from a different viewpoint and tour a bat cave. Record rates of speed were reached as Pablo splashed through muddy ruts and spun out on dusty ground. Disney Theme Parks have nothing on Pablo’s Killer Yellow Jeep Tours.
Lunch was at a local eatery. It was a time to find a bathroom and fortify ourselves for the afternoon tour. We were not disappointed. Pablo took us on a roller coaster ride through Christoffel National Park. During the day, ay yi yi rang out many times not only from Pablo as a warning about trees and thorn bushes, but from all of us as we hung on for dear life!
When the day was over, we were hot, sweaty, sunburn, bruised, and covered with Curacao dirt. It may not have been the Cadillac of tours, but Pablo gave us an in-depth tour of the island and its history. It was an experience we will long remember.
Some other highlights of Curacao.
Willemstad, Capital of Curacao