I agree with all others here- this is a great, strenuous hike and I highly recommend it. I am a regular runner and consider myself pretty fit, but my arms and legs were really sore after this hike. If you're on the shorter side (I'm 5'4") you will be using your arms a lot on the bouldering section at the end. That said, listen to your body and be aware that help is not necessarily on they way if something happens. While climbing we ran into a man about half way up who appeared to be having a heat stroke. He was in really bad shape. There were many good Samaritans who were helping including someone who called the emergency line. When the emergency team arrived, it appeared to be just whoever they could muster to come, including teenagers- there did not appear to be any true medical support. I don't know how long it took that group to arrive- when the call was made they told them 20 minutes. When we passed them on the way back down from the hike (more than an hour later) the police were just heading up the trail, again appearing not to have any medical equipment. There was an ambulance at the bottom of the trail, but basically this very ill man had to hike out from where he was, which was incredibly challenging. I don't in any way mean to be critical of the the Curacao response team, they were doing what they could, which is more than you may get a lot of places. The reality is, this is a remote place and once you are up that trail there is no fast or easy way down. A sprained ankle or other relatively minor injury can become a major ordeal pretty easily. Definitely do this hike if you're up for it- it is a great hike. Just take lots of water, don't wear flip flops, listen to your body and turn around if it gets too tough.
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