Mountainbike tours curacao

Ellemieke van Beek

  

After finishing her business plan and organizing some test tours end 2004, Ellemieke van Beek started her activities January 2005. With her company WannaBike, she organizes guided mountain bike tours, clinics and Kidscub.

It’s not always easy to find your way on the island. That’s why experienced tour guides take you, and make sure you don’t miss anything! Furthermore, they tell you all about the stirring history, rich culture and beautiful nature on the island.


Personal Drive

I ended a career in marketing in the financial biz in Holland, before I came here in January 2001. Although I was much more attracted to traveling in the Far East, and lived in Japan for a while, my first “Curacao experience” was an astonishing one.

I had this click with the island immediately and was very much surprised to discover that the island has so much more to offer than sun, sea and beaches. One moment you’ll be biking along the prominent limestone terraces at the north coast, the next you’ll find yourself surrounded by palm trees, tropical flowers, and mangrove forests, and before you know it you end up biking at salt flat or plantations, where clear marks from the history tell you Curacao’s story. The combination with a swim and some drinks on a beautiful beach afterwards makes sure you have a wonderful time.

Already then, I was thinking about sharing these beautiful moments with many more people, maybe even on a commercial base. The local mountain bike ‘hype’, the increasing number of cycling clubs and huge events such as: Amstel Curacao Race, Ride for the roses and especially the World Cup mountain biking in April 2006 contributed very much to the awareness of Curacao as a mountain bike island and destination. Bart Brentjes, the famous Dutch mountain biker, and Olympic medal winner even became an ambassador for Curacao.

Therefore, I had the feeling that this was the right moment to start this “adventure”, and I decided to create my business out of my hobby: since January 2005, WannaBike is fully operational and until now, 12.000 people enjoyed a WannaBike tour, clinic or event.

Vision on entrepreneurship

Sustainable development is one of the core values of WannaBike. We realize that in different ways.  Moreover we think cooperation on a broader scale is important.
First of all, taking people into nature, is the only way to make sure that they become aware of the assets of this island, and how important it is to sustain them. Furthermore, we help with clean ups on the island, for example organized by Stichting Uniek Curacao or Carmabi. We need the help of these organizations whenever we develop trails, to prevent damaging rare vegetation or bird nests. And of course we try to keep the island clean, and keep an eye on people who dump garbage, and on vehicles which drive in area’s which are prohibited for motorized traffic. Besides sustainable entrepreneurship, constructing a network of partners and suppliers is an important aspect of my way of doing business. As a small entrepreneur, I join efforts in terms of marketing and sharing personnel.


Eco tips

What can you do?

It all starts with taking your own responsibility. Here are  our tips, very easy to integrate in your life. :

  • call the environmental police whenever you see someone spoiling nature. (phone: 917)
  • Be aware what you buy, check where it’s produced and how it’s packaged.
  • Use LED lights. LED lights consume less energy and last longer. You can buy them at
    Bright Tech Solutions N.V, F.D. Rooseveltweg  (Dupont Shopping Plaza 307E)
  • Buy fair trade and organic products
  • Minimalize the use of plastic (bags). Take you own bag also to Chinese snack or toko
  • Re-use you plastic bottle, we have great tap water at Curacao
  • Re-print you paper
  • Invest in higher quality printer to prevent buying cartridges too often.
  • Hand in your reprinted paper at Van Rumpt Recycling,
    Heintje Kool, Kaya Tuti Fruti 1. Tel: 560369
  • Call “KringKoop” for stuff you don’t want anymore and still works. Tel 465 2661
  • Install cisterns  and construct “Green”, ask for professional advice
  • Report illegal dumping (phone: 917).
  • Get you Alu recycling bin at GreenForce.
    www.greenforcecuracao.com or call Timo Brouwer Tel: 5281064

How can you help?