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Balashi Gold Mill Ruins

Ao lado da Spanish Lagoon, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Ranked #6 of 26 Attractions in Oranjestad
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Waltham
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the ruins as part of our UTV tour. It was nice but nothing special. There was a cute rock garden that surrounded the ruins that was made by tourists. It was said that you were suppose to pile up seven rocks and then make a wish. That was cute.

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Seattle, WA
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I stopped by the Gold Mill ruins on part of a De Palm tour of the windward side of the island. There is not much to see, and we didn't even have the opportunity to get out and look around on the tour, so my perception of this attraction may be influenced by this. It's a ruin. Nothing more. A... More

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This does not look like a gold mine yes you have to go to trouble to find it but this was a Spanish settlement from about 1506 so don't expect Disneyland....the contrast of colours the sea, the rocks, the desert makes this place special.

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A little gem to explore, from the off beaten track - great views from inside out - and there was a snack vehicle outside

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Just an old stone skeleton of a building but has some history and nice views and photo ops. Visit here if you are off roading and want to make a stop for a half hour or so. Not somewhere to go for an all day trip.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stopped at the ruins on our way to the Natural Bridge. Great opportunity to get great pictures and have great views of the ocean. In front of the ruins, tourists have left behind stones that are stacked on top of one another as an offering and to make a wish. You are supposed to get the rocks from inside... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is an amazing site. Only accessible by 4x4, ATV, or Horse. Get away from the Hotel area and see the real Aruba! This is a unique island due to the fact that it's a desert landscape leading to the tropical clear waters. Being able to see the history through he ruins is truly amazing. You feel as if you... More

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I really like visiting this site every time I go to Aruba. The gigantic black stones that create the structure can be seen from a distance and it stirs the imagination as you drive closer. When you arrive, you can imagine how ships might have approached the building from the beach not far away. Then you can climb inside and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very interesting place to visit and learn about history of the Aruba island. It was new to us to learn that Aruba had Gold Mill at one point in history.

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We saw this as part of a wonderful full day jeep tour with ABC tours. Our guide, Ralphie, told us the history of the site. When the islands were first discovered they were seen as dru, useless islands. In Spanish useless is "inutiles". This eventually morphed into "Antilles" as the islands are known today. Later they found there was gold... More

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