Written by Alex Driesprong, founder of Free Walking Tours Curaçao.
By now you’ve probably heard about the pay-what-you-wish model. Free tours with local guides are extremely popular in the world and our tours on Curaçao are no exception. Here we explain the benefits and what makes a Free Tour from Free Walking Tours Curaçao so popular among tourists and locals alike.
Our guides are real humans, and each has its unique style.
Our guides aren’t your textbook “read what’s on the brochure” type of guide. Some are street artists that have been personally involved in the street art scene, others are musicians, some are businessmen who became guides after the economy took a downturn. They all have a personal story and a unique perspective, and all have their stories to tell. Whether it’s gossip, inside info, or the simple truth; you will go away thinking you were talking to a friend as opposed to a guide.
See hidden gems and get a local’s perspective
Building up on the previous point. As frequent travellers ourselves, we try to put ourselves in your shoes and try to understand “what is it that you’d like to know about?”. Alongside the historical sites, we also take you “off the beaten track” with some hidden gems. The experience is so authentic that even locals are surprised in what they find.
We don’t get paid for recommendations
Even though we might be missing out on some great commissions, we decided long ago that when we give a recommendation, it’s because we’ve been there, we’ve tried it, we’ve seen it. Our recommendations can vary from week to week, if a restaurant changes its chef and the food suddenly declines; you won’t hear us talking about it anymore. If we mention an experience, it’s because we know it’s great and would do it ourselves. Proof of the pudding is that you will always find us or our friends in the bars we recommend.
Tailor-made tours and always available during your stay
Of course, our tours follow a specific route through Punda & Otrobanda, however the content can vary depending on what you are interested in. Want to know more about the politics or interested more about our melting pot of cultures, please don’t hesitate to ask. If we don’t know the answers right away, we will come back to you on any of your queries after the tour. We also try to make ourselves available during the remainder of your stay. Should you come across any issues or need additional information or advice; whatsapp or text us during your stay and we’ll gladly help out where we can.
Let’s help you plan your trip
If you are planning a trip to Curaçao, you should definitely begin with a free walking tour. This gives a good overview of city as well as gives a good overview of things to do. We can offer all the tips & tricks on enjoying the island life and can brainstorm with you on making the best of your time.
As our tours are tips based, we have no guarantee of an income. Hence, we give 110% every time to ensure you’re always satisfied. Having received a Travellers’ choice award and a consistent 5 star rating on TripAdvisor this confirms the highest quality of the free walking tour.