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“Hot Hot Hot” 4 of 5 stars
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Hooiberg
Hooiberg, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Ranked #14 of 67 things to do in Oranjestad
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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Owner description: Looking for adventure? Climb Hooiberg, Aruba's famous mountain located at the center of the island, with a view from its 541-foot peak that extends as far as Venezuela on a clear day.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Hot Hot Hot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Planned to do this early but didn't start until after 10. Didn't take too long but that Aruba sun is warm. Nice view of the island from the top. Take water

Visited August 2014
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“Worth the climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The climb up Mt Hooiberg is not to be missed. The towering edifice is the first topological feature you see when you leave the airport area. It is a huge rocky mount in the middle of the island rising up from the flat plain. The almost 600 steps to the top are quite steep in places and will give even the most fit a good workout. The vistas from the top are unmatched and on a clear day, nearly the entire island can be seen. Awesome!

Visited July 2014
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“Wobbly Legs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Decided to walk up this one morning, glad we went early as well when cooler. Couldn't imagine walking up in afternoon sun. After 150 or so steps there is a look out post for those not wanting to go all the way. Otherwise it's 642 steps to summit, views are pretty spectacular once up there.....much easier coming down

Visited July 2014
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Nieuwendijk, The Netherlands
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“Challenging stairs and beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

From the center of Oranjestad it is about 5 kilometers to the Hooiberg. A nice running or walking trip, for example on a Sunday in the early morning, when it is not so crowded and hot.
The concrete stairs to the top, with 562 steps, is nicely landscaped (with a covered rest area on the way) and is a real challenge. Many local people also use these stairs as exercise. From the top are beautiful views, but some of these are only partially visible due to the vegetation. At the summit itself there is not much to see.

Visited July 2014
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“Fun hike, hard to find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We love hiking things on vacation, and hooiberg was a great lil hike in Aruba! About 600 steps, I agree with another reviewer that it was about 20 minutes up, including a few photo breaks and rest, and a quick 10 min down. Very hot even at 9 am, so bring water. Great views from the top in all directions. Easy concrete steps all the way up.

Though, we had a really hard time finding the entrance to the parking area for the mountain. We felt like we drove halfway around it, but couldn't find the road to cut in. nothing we drove by was marked. So we finally just guessed and found the road to the parking area on the second try.

Visited July 2014
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