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Flamingo hiking trail in Curacao: ‘De Zoutpannen’

Do you like hiking? And spotting flamingos? Then you should walk through the salt pans in Curacao, located between Jan Thiel and Mambo Beach. Just a few steps away from LionsDive Beach Resort! You’ll walk along the salt water lakes and rocky paths. Tip: bring your sport shoes!

Rocky path with bushes and a bird flying around

This area has it all: a beautiful view and adventurous, rocky paths through the bushes. ‘De Zoutpannen’ is also the area where one of the largest populations of flamingos live on Curacao. If you walk (or run) early in the morning, the chances are that you will spot these beautiful birds up close.
So how did this area get this name?
‘De Zoutpannen’ were used as a plantation. Salt, but also other substances such as cotton were extracted here. In 1737 a merchant bought the plantation, which was called Damasco, from a Dutch owner called Jan Thielen. This area is named after him.

See flamingos between Jan Thiel and Mambo Beach at the Zoutpannen

Our General Manager, Edward Suares runs two to three times a week through ‘De Zoutpannen’ in Jan Thiel and will show you the best hiking routes. Sign up at the front desk and join this walk, with fantastic views over the salt water lakes, surrounded by cactuses. It’s a different view of the island of Curacao.
You have to be an early bird though, the walk usually starts at 06.00 am in the morning from the entrance of LionsDive Beach Resort.

The GM of our resort runs at the zoutpannen