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The wonders of Arikok

The nature reserve Arikok covers close to one-fifth of Aruba and contains virtually all the flora and fauna that the country has to offer — against a background of beautiful volcanic rock formations. In addition, the national park is home to a large number of historical heritage sites.

On this part of the island, the first thing that catches the eye are the jagged hills, the remains of old lava flows. The 34-square-kilometre park also holds numerous types of other rocks — including chalk stone, fossilised coral and jagged igneous rocks with green quartz — and is home to the 2 tallest hills on the island: the Jamanota (188 metres) and the Arikok (176 metres), after which the park was named.

A deserted bay in Arikok
A deserted bay in Arikok

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Aruba’s heritage

The park contains a wealth of historic remnants, such as drawings left by the Caquetío Indians on the rocks of Cunucu Arikok and in Fontein Cave. If you examine them closely, you can recognise the curious bird from the park logo. The park also has some old settlement sites, such as the location where Aruba’s oldest plantations used to be. Here, visitors can get a good impression of how difficult it must have been for the families who settled in this challenging landscape so many years ago. Limited by their surroundings, they managed to build houses out of adobe — a mixture of mud and hay. After close examination of this building technique, the park administrators have rebuilt a number of these typical Aruban ‘mud houses’ in Cunucu Arikok and near Plantation Prins. In Masiduri, visitors can also go see an exhibition on aloe, the medicinal plant that used to be one of Aruba’s most important export products in the early 20th century.

Rock drawing in the Fontein Cave
Conchi, a natural swimming pool

The most beautiful spot on Aruba

The northern coast of Aruba is home to numerous bays, called bocas. These striking rugged coves are shaped by wind and water, which you can tell from the incidental tall dunes on these white sandy beaches. Boca Prins and Dos Playa are beautiful bays, but Conchi is by far the most popular of all. This natural swimming pool can only be reached by foot, horseback or 4-wheel drive. The trek there is an adventure in itself and the reward a heavenly spot to spend the day.

Photo credits

  • Rock drawing in the Fontein Cave: Bas Bogers, Flickr
  • Conchi, a natural swimming pool: pizzatrain11, Flickr