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A very old ruin from the time Aruba had its own "gold rush". This was around the start of the last century. Now all gold related buildings are abandoned.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank vermeulen2016
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a great stop on our whole day tour. Interesting history about the gold mining days. Beautifully framed pictures with the ocean in the background can be taken using the windows in the ruins.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SmittyChas
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very interesting structure and an important part of Aruba's history. I wish they had a diagram of the original plan so we could see what it was like in operation. As it is today it is a fairly tricky climb for those...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Guy A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not much left to the structure but enough to get you an idea. The gold rush did not really last that long. Story of the kid finding the large nugget is cute. Not a must see but it helps fill in the Jeep tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 1 week ago

For nearly 100 years gold was found in various parts of the island and brought here for processing. The business went through several owners ceasing production in 1916 partly due to equipment shortages caused by World War 1. Production never resumed. A few stones stand...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lizandianp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins are good for climbing and wonder why in earth it was built there? YOU should not miss out on the natural pool (the less famous one that for some reason do not get any mentions in the brochures) that is situated where you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one our many stops during our coastal Jeep drive. I found it to be a fun stop. The ruins are what's left of an old smelting plant. There are only a few walls left standing. There was lots of fun climbing the crumbled...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 1mohman
Reviewed November 2, 2018

The ride to get here is very bumpy. Located along the beachfront, there is no paved road that gets you directly here so be prepared for a very bumpy ride. It had rained the 2 days before we took this tour and that did a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stuart_Abbott
Reviewed October 22, 2018

We drove out, not that far by car. Nice ruins, but not so much to do. No food/drink around there og rest rooms that i could see. But drive around, theres some beatifull places near by if you keep driving a bit past it.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Inaurora
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We stopped on the way to the beach. It was cool to see for a few minutes, and its free. There was a food truck there as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cavinda C
January 4, 2017|
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CarVenience for this type of trip. You are inside the vehicle,not sitting on top of a seat and well protected
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half day or full day jeep tour (long sorry) (6 Replies)
Hi, We are heading to Aruba in October. From reading this board and the reviews we know we want to do the ABC Jeep Tour. We are torn between their 1/2 day and full day options. Their full day is 8 hours and takes you to:California Lighthouse, Wish Garden, Chapel of Alto Vista, Shark's Mouth, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Ostrich Farm, Natural Bridge, Arikok National Park, Indian Caves, San Nicolas and Swimming and snorkeling at the famous Natural Pool and Baby Beach. The 1/2 day has two...More
August 08, 2008|
Response fromtrizi01|
If you can handle a hot long day, You will pretty much see it all with the full day tour. If you go for the half day, I like the first option with the Natural Pool.
Which Half-day Tour? (6 Replies)
My husband and I will be enjoying our first visit to Aruba on March 10th. We are looking into one of ABCs half day tours. Of the two listed below, which would you prefer, and why? I really know very little about each of these island sights, and appreciate your input!!! 1) (4 hrs) Jamanota (highest hill), Natural Bridge, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Arikok National Park, Ayo Rock Formation, Donkey Sanctuary and the famous Natural Pool 2) (5.5 hrs) Natural Bridge, Chapel of Alto Vista,...More
February 28, 2010|
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Jeep tours in Aruba (8 Replies)
We are in Aruba in a couple of months and would like to know if anyone has taken the ABC jeep tour? It looks like a good tour and includes beverages, lunch and snorkel gear for $79. It is 8 hours long and goes to California Lighthouse, Wish Garden, Chapel of Alto Vista, Shark's Mouth, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Ostrich Farm, Natural Bridge, Arikok National Park, Indian Caves, San Nicolas and Swimming and snorkeling at the famous Natural Pool and Baby Beach. Any feedback would be...More
September 30, 2008|
Response fromGHSAlberta|
Hi, has anyone done this jeep tour this year? It looks like good value for a day trip. There are 7 of us from grandparents to kids that want to go. Thanks for your replies.