Established in 2000 to preserve the island’s flora and fauna, the Arikok National Park is spread over an area of 34 square kilometers and located in the north-eastern region of the island.
The Arikok National park showcases most of Aruba’s distinct flora and fauna, nestled in the lap of Aruba’s natural geography. The region also highlights a significant part of Aruba’s history- encompassing gold mill ruins of the yesteryears alongside agricultural plantations, hilltops, caves, beaches, Aruba wetlands, and many more. Eco tours Aruba offers reasonable packages and takes you to beautiful sight-seeing places in and around.
Aruba Nature Tours| Arikok National Park
The National Park is the perfect place for tourists to discover the beauty and hidden secrets of the Caribbean island in the middle of wildly-varying geography.
For a better understanding, the entire Arikok National Park is divided into 3 Conservation sections- each consisting of several areas of interest. Aruba eco-tours cover these stunning places.
Arikok National Park| Notable places within the Arikok National Park
Here is a brief description of notable places in the Arikok National park. You can go sight-seeing with Aruba eco-tours:
a) Daimari Beach
The bay at the northernmost section of the Arikok National Park was formed due to erosion of the Daimari dry riverbed and north coast wave action. Most of the white sand is sent to the sea during heavy rainfall. The beach returns to its usual self after gradual waves return the sand back to its original position.
b) Moro Rock
The resemblance to Aruba’s outline earned Moro the title of “Little Aruba”.These are the remnants that are left after the continuous effects of limestone erosion and two ways flanking at Boca Keto(North) and Boca Fluit(South).
c) Conchi Natural Pool
The Conchi natural pool is one of the most important tourist attractions of Aruba and the best place to visit with Aruba hiking tours. The pool is comprised of lava stones and surrounded by rough seas. In the past, turtles used to roam in this pool- lending it the local name of Conchi(Turtle Pen). Tourists can swim in rough sea-like conditions- though in cases of extremity, swimming is discouraged.
2) Arikok National Park Central Activity Zone | Aruba Tours
a) DOS Playa
b) Rooi Tambu
Located at the valley bottom, the seasonal stream Rooi Tambu stores rainwater discharges even during the dry season. The entire course of the stream’s pathway is a popular course for hiking enthusiasts. Freshwater shrimps are found during the rainy season. Aruba tours cover these stunning places.
c) Boca Prins
Lying at the end of the Rool Prins, the Boca Prins has an alluring landscape consisting of mangroves and white sand beaches. Aruba nature tours take you to these stunning places. Swimming is prohibited as the undercurrents are extremely strong in this region. But you can indulge in Aruba beach meditation here.
d) Dunes of Boca Prins
Tourists can observe the slow gradual process of dune formation and its subsequent effects around the Boca Prins. Private eco tours has got you covered with these places.
e) Plantage Prins
Highly recommended site for bird-watching, the area is named after the original owners of the 1950s era house- the Printz family. The region was previously a coconut plantation before a sudden disease destroyed the palm plantation.
f) Fontein Cave
The Fontein Cave occupies an important part of Aruba history. The limestone-terraced cave is full of ancient pictographs painted by the original island inhabitants, including the Caiquitos and early European settlers.
g) Sero Cabai
Tourists can climb atop the Sero Cabai, the fourth largest hill on Aruba island, for a scenic view.
Travel to the Miralamar hilltop to find yesteryear’s Miralamar Gold Mine Complex. The gold mine complex consisted of underground mine shafts. The gold extracted from the rock ore was processed and later sent to Balashi.
i) Visitor Center
The main entrance path also services and an information center for visitors. The center also contains a few exhibits and is one of the Aruba things to do.
j) Hofi Sjon Shoco
Step into the Hofi Shon Shoco, located next to the Visitor’s Center. The place has a great collection of local plants and trees significant to Aruba’s culture, along with an abode for bird-watching. Aruba nature tours takes you to these places.
k) Sero Arikok (Arikok Hill)
Enjoy a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the entire island from the second tallest hill in Aruba- the Arikok Hill on Aruba tours. The downwards road from the northern side takes visitors to the Natural Pool.
l) Cunucu Arikok
A one-hour hike trail from the Visitor’s Center through the Cunucu Arikok trail is the best showcase to all of the highlights throughout the Arikok National Park. The trail includes well-preserved flora and fauna along with a changing geological structure, plus Native Indian drawings of the past.
a) Quadirikiri Cave
The Native-Indian named limestone cave has large chambers with roof openings. The entire cave is lit by sunlight. Flashlights are unnecessary and prohibited for possible disturbance to the bats living there.
b) Vader Piet
The wind farm of Vader Piet lies just outside the National Park. Tourists can opt for the exit if they want to visit San Nicholas and Baby Beach for Aruba beach meditation.
c) Rooi Prinks
For experienced hikers, Rooi Prins is the preferred hiking trail. However, a recommended guide is a must- the terrain changes rapidly. Aruba hiking tours covers these hidden hiking trails.
d) Jamanota Hill
The top hillpoint(188 meters) of Aruba offers a great scenic view throughout the island, particularly the southern side. The road is easily accessible by roads. However, the peak can be reached only by foot.
The experimental plantation at Masiduri was built to check whether Eucalyptus plantations could survive in the Aruban climates. Though no longer practiced, the region highlights conservation management in the past.
Aruba Nature Explorers | The preferred choice for Adventure, Eco-tours, and Fun
It is easy to understand that private eco-tour guides are necessary to navigate through the Arikok National Park– especially for visitors. The Park encompasses a huge area and missing out on some of the tour highlights is logical. This is what sets Aruba Natural Explorers apart from the rest. The team consists of expert Aruba guides specialized in handling visitors from different countries. They can speak in multiple languages and ensure that as tourists, you receive nothing short of the best Caribbean hospitality. Or Book from our Eco Tours.