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Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins Tours

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Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins
Located in Aruba’s desert interior, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins are the stone remains of a gold smelter that was established by prospectors in the 19th century. Once considered sacred by the indigenous Arawak people, the site offers a unique look at Aruba’s history and can be explored with a variety of guided tours.
 
The Basics
During the 19th century, gold was mined on Aruba, leading to the construction of this gold smelter in 1872. Crumbling walls of sandstone and coral are all that’s left of this fortress-like complex, but the views of the Caribbean remain spectacular. Located on the east coast in the area known as Ayo, the Bushiribana ruins are free to visit and explore, and are included in most tours of Aruba, including those by bus, 4WD vehicles, ATVs, and UTVs.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Head to the ruins early to catch excellent views of the sunrise.
  • Wear sturdy shoes if you plan to climb the ruins.
  • The ruins make an interesting stop for history buffs and photographers.
 
How to Get There
Located on the east side of Aruba, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins are about a 20-minute drive from the cruise ship terminal. Follow Route 6 straight across the island, and they’re about a 17-minute drive from Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad; the drive from the airport takes about the same amount of time via Route 1 north.
 
When to Get There
Aruba isn’t threatened by tropical storms, and the weather is warm year-round with an average temperature of 82°F (28°C), so there is no wrong time to visit. However, Aruba is most crowded during the winter months. If traveling in the summer months when the sun is at its strongest, visit the ruins early in the day when it’s coolest.
 
Old Dutch Windmill
Located near Palm Beach (about a 20-minute drive from the ruins), this piece of Aruba's Dutch heritage was built in Holland in 1804, disassembled, shipped to Aruba, and reconstructed in 1960. It’s currently home to a restaurant, but the bold red exterior of the landmark against the Caribbean blue sky makes for a fun photo on its own.
Address: Ayo, Aruba
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Aruba ATV Tour Adventure

Aruba ATV Tour Adventure

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Get ready for a thrilling ride—solo or double—aboard an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) along Aruba’s north coast. Kick up plenty of dirt on this half-day tour along rugged back roads to seaside bluffs and beaches. Your informative guide stops at notable landmarks including Alto Vista Chapel, Baby Natural Bridge, and the ruins of the Bushiribana Gold Mill before you have free time to refresh with a leisurely swim. Pickup and drop-off from most Aruba hotels included.
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  • 4 hours
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Aruba Hidden Treasures & Ostrich Farm UTV Morning Tour

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Aruba Hidden Treasures & Ostrich Farm UTV Morning Tour

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Drive your own utility vehicle off-road in Aruba, which allows you to get far off the beaten path. With a guide in the lead, access rugged parts of the island that traditional tours can't reach, including secluded corners of National Park Arikok and the Indian Caves. Climb to the island's highest point for panoramic views and visit the Conchi Natural Pool to go swimming and snorkeling. Along the journey, learn about Aruba's history and cultural through guided commentary.
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 Island Ultimate Jeep Safari

Island Ultimate Jeep Safari

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Visit Aruba’s Natural Pool and Baby Beach on a unique off-road 4WD adventure to the island’s top natural attractions. Ride in a 4x4 Land Rover, specially designed to traverse the rugged terrain of Arikok National Park. Stop by landmarks like the California Lighthouse and Natural Bridge, with free time to snorkel and swim at the Natural Pool and Baby Beach. A barbecue lunch, cold beverages, and round-trip hotel transport are included in your full-day tour.
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Aruba UTV Tours with Natural Pool 2 - 3 and 4 Seater

Aruba UTV Tours with Natural Pool 2 - 3 and 4 Seater

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Experience the wildlife of Aruba through an exciting UTV adventure. This extreme tour is both an adventurous and exhilarating ride through the island's rugged desert and coastline. It is the best way to explore Aruba; a 4-hour ride led by an expert tour guide who will take you to: 1. Philip's Animal Garden (the island's largest exotic animal sanctuary), 2. Alto Vista Chapel, 3. Baby Bridge, 4. Bushiribana Ruins, 5. Natural Bridge, 6. Arikok National Park, 7. Shark Bay, 8. Andicuri Beach, 9. Three Bridges, 10. Black Stone Beach, 11. Conchi Natural Pool, 12. Ayo Rock Formation. Experience the thrill of driving your own 4x4 UTV while exploring Aruba's rocky coastline. The driver should be at least 18 years old with a valid driving license while the minimum age for the passengers is set at 6 years. Tours include complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, free entrance to Arikok National Park. Free pickup and drop-off from and to your accommodation.
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  • 4 hours
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Aruba Full-Island Tour

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Aruba Full-Island Tour

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Go on an island excursion, and see some of the most popular spots in Aruba on this tour taking off from Oranjestad. Travel the whole island, and see the California Lighthouse, the Ayo Rock Formation, and the Casibari Rock Formations. Visit one of the world’s oldest aloe-vera factories, as well as a 75-year-old, family-run bar. Learn about Aruba’s gold-rush era at the Bushiribana gold mill ruins, and swim in a man-made lagoon at Baby Beach.
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  • 6 hours
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UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure

UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure

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Access parts of Aruba not reachable on a traditional tours with this all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility vehicle (UTV) tour to Secret Beach and Cave Pool. After some instruction, you’ll pilot your own rugged vehicle through some of Aruba’s challenging landscape with a guide in the lead. Learn about the island’s history and ecosystem through guided commentary between stops at the Secret Beach and Cave Pool.
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ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling

ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling

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Explore wild Aruba on the back of a single or double Yamaha Grizzly 350CC all-terrain vehicle during this tour. Ride along the north coast to the natural pools, where you can dive in for a snorkel or swim. Round-trip hotel transportation included. Drivers license is required.
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Aruba Half Day Island Tour

Aruba Half Day Island Tour

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Cover all of Aruba's top attractions on a half-day island tour from Oranjestad. Visit landmarks such as the Bushiribana gold mill ruins, the Casibari rock formations, the California Lighthouse, and the Aloe Vera Factory. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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Aruba ATV Tour with Off Road Adventure in Single and Double Seater

Aruba ATV Tour with Off Road Adventure in Single and Double Seater

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The Aruba ATV tour starts with Aruba Island’s largest wildlife sanctuary, Philip’s Animal Garden is covering many exciting spots before concluding the trip at their starting location. Step outside your comfort zone with this mind-blowing, adventurous, fascinating, and great ATV escapade! Ever felt an adrenaline rush so high you thought you could fly? Wind blowing in your face, while having the feeling that everything and anything is possible? See the island's treasures from another perspective. Dive into nature with speed and explore the unseen touristic wonders this island has. No other tour will provide you with a more in-depth and unique journey, as our ATV tours are designed for those willing to go the extra mile. Our exciting ATV off-road experience will surely make your stay in Aruba worthwhile. We promise that the experience will leave you with anecdotes to carry for a lifetime. We know no rush. We take our time to please your every need.
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  • 4 hours
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Aruba Sightseeing Tour by ATV

Aruba Sightseeing Tour by ATV

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Ride an ATV through the backcountry on Aruba's North Coast during this adventure. Meet your local adventure guides and take off to see sights like the Alto Vista Chapel, the Baby Bridge, Arikok National Park and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Swim in the gorgeous Natural Pool and enjoy engaging, informative commentary during your tour. Use of safety gear and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
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Morning and Afternoon Cave Pool & Secret Beach Jeep Tour Adventure

Morning and Afternoon Cave Pool & Secret Beach Jeep Tour Adventure

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Explore the rough side of the island on our 4x4 Jeep Wrangler Safari with one of our professional tour guides. On this tour you will go to 7 stops including Natural Bridges, The New Natural Pool with Cliff Jumping who was discover a few years back, amazing Landmarks on the Northside and at the end a breath taking beautiful Beach. Our tour guide will tell you everything about the island. This will sure be an unforgettable journey of our beautiful island. Tour: Sight Seeing & Stops will be: Blackstone Beach, 3 Bridges, Pas by Andicuri Beach, New Natural Pool Cave with Cliff Jumping, Bushiribana Goldmill Ruins, Natural Bridge, Altovista Old Chapel, California Lighthouse & Swimming and Cliff Jumping at the Secret Beach.
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Natural Pool Off-Road Safari

Natural Pool Off-Road Safari

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Explore the rugged countryside on this half-day off-road adventure by 4WD Land Rover to the Natural Pool on Aruba, where you’ll have time for a swim and snorkel. Ride the back roads in a 4x4 caravan to Arikok National Park, following a knowledgeable guide to a deserted stretch of coastline. Stop along the way to visit landmarks on the island, including the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge. Select a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule. Water, snacks and round-trip hotel transport included.
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Aruba Off-Road Adventure: Jeep Tour and Optional Snorkeling Cruise

Aruba Off-Road Adventure: Jeep Tour and Optional Snorkeling Cruise

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Go off-roading in Aruba to explore the Caribbean island’s natural landmarks best accessed by 4WD, with the option to add on a snorkeling cruise by catamaran. Get behind the wheel of a Kia Sportage or let your guide steer the way aboard a Jeep Wrangler. Highlights include the Natural Bridge, Boca Mahos cove, Arikok National Park and Baby Beach. Enjoy grilled seafood or chicken for lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Round-trip hotel transport is also included in the half-day or full-day option.
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  • 8 hours
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Discover Aruba Bus Tour

Discover Aruba Bus Tour

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Explore Aruba's highlights on this 6.5-hour sightseeing tour. Snorkel at Baby Beach, visit Ayo Rock Formation and Lourdes Grotto. Learn about the culture and history of Aruba from your local guide as you criss-cross the island. Snacks, lunch, soft drinks, snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from your hotel are included.
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Aruba Shore Excursion: ATV Island Sightseeing Adventure

Aruba Shore Excursion: ATV Island Sightseeing Adventure

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When your cruise ship docks in Aruba, spend your time in port zooming around the island during this ATV adventure. Use of a helmet, ATV, and instruction provided, no experience necessary. Drivers must be 18 with a valid driving license.
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Aruba Jeep Adventure Tour

Aruba Jeep Adventure Tour

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Explore the north side of the island which is also the volcanic side on our 4x4 Jeep Wrangler Safari and go on an adventure of a lifetime. This is the only Jeep tour that will take you to two beautiful natural pools in one tour, The Natural Pool Cave with Cliff Jumping & The Natural Pool in The Arikok National Park also known as Conchi. Enjoy this excursion with our professional and jolly tour guides visiting also beautiful landmarks like California Lighthouse, Altovista Chapel, Bushiribana Goldmill Ruins & Wariruri Natural Bridge.
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Colorful Beach Bus Sightseeing Tour of Aruba

Colorful Beach Bus Sightseeing Tour of Aruba

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Maximize your time on Aruba on this sightseeing tour that takes you to many of the island's top sights by bus. Although it is an informative tour, filled with insights into local history and culture, there's also time for dancing to carnival songs and snorkeling and soaking up the sun on one of the island's best beaches.
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North Coast Jeep Safari in Aruba

North Coast Jeep Safari in Aruba

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Go off-roading on the north coast of Aruba, considered one of the island's hidden treasures, during this half-day eco-tour. With a local adventure guide, visit rugged landscapes bordered by the restless waves of the azure ocean. Get fantastic photos of the breathtaking panoramas on the island's windward side like Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Wish, Garden, Natural Bridge, Blackstone Beach, and Twin Bridges. Round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels is included.
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Aruba UTV Adventure

Aruba UTV Adventure

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Ride a UTV through Aruba's rugged landscape during this adventure. Meet your local adventure guides and take off to see sights like the Wish Rock Garden, the Baby Bridge, Black Stone Beach, the California Lighthouse and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Enjoy engaging, informative commentary during your tour and make a beach stop for a refreshing swim. Use of safety gear and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
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Small-Group Half-Day UTV Adventure Morning Tour in Aruba

Small-Group Half-Day UTV Adventure Morning Tour in Aruba

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Explore Aruba’s rugged terrain on your on UTV on this guided half-day tour. Depart from your hotel or port and receive all the necessary equipment. See parts of the island that are hard to access, including less-visited corners of Arikok National Park and the Natural Pool. Learn about the island from your guide and enjoy snacks throughout the tour.
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Highlights of Aruba Island Tour

Highlights of Aruba Island Tour

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Maximise your time in Aruba and take in the highlights on this 4-hour island tour. Visit historic landmarks such as the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, and Bushiribana Historic Gold Mines; pose for photos by the Natural Bridge; take a tour of an aloe factory; and get up close to ostriches at a local farm. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Aruba 7 Stops Northcoast UTV Afternoon Tour

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Aruba 7 Stops Northcoast UTV Afternoon Tour

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Drive along Aruba's north coast on your own utility vehicle on this guided tour. No need to worry about driving directions or navigation through the rugged terrain, simply follow your guide to some of the island's top highlights. Stop along the way to explore landmarks such as Bushiribana Gold ruins, the Baby Natural Bridge, Alto Vista Chapel, the California Lighthouse, and others. Learn about the history and ecosystem of the area through your guide's insightful commentary.
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Natural Pool, Cliff Jumping & North Coast explorer by UTV

Natural Pool, Cliff Jumping & North Coast explorer by UTV

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Explore independently with your own UTV on this guided tour. Depart from your hotel on a round-trip transfer and take suggestions for your guide and head out to areas for swimming and snorkeling in the clear water. Try cliff jumping at Conchi Natural Pool and refresh yourself with drinks of cold water.
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Self Guided Off-road UTV Tour (2-seat) (NO ACCESS TO ARIKOK PARK)

Self Guided Off-road UTV Tour (2-seat) (NO ACCESS TO ARIKOK PARK)

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Cruise the streets of Aruba in style on this self-drive quad bike tour. Your ride—which comes equipped with custom outdoor speakers, Bluetooth, USB ports for charging electronics, and complementary bandanas—is delivered to your location in the morning. Download a GPS application to your phone, then it’s off to explore sites such as Alto Vista Chapel, Baby Bridge, the Bushiribana gold mine ruins, Fontein cave, Sero Arikok, and more.
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