Eco-friendly walking tour

Hidden Mangrove Forest & Balashi Gold Smelter Ruins

Pickup times: 7:30am, 5pm (sunset)

Duration: about 2 hours (excl. driving time)

This casual hike combines culture, history, vantage points, and nature, as you follow your private local guide through Aruba’s famous Spanish lagoon. It’s a wonderful introduction to hiking on Aruba. Let us share some history of the Balashi gold mill ruins, built at Spanish Lagoon in 1899. Take your time to admire the view, then venture into the mangroves and surrounding hills to enjoy the pristine nature and look around for Aruba’s local plants & birds.

The Balashi Gold Mill Ruins are a common stop for tourists, but few people know about the beautiful nature trail nearby. Our private local guide will lead you through the mangroves in an eco-friendly way, pointing out the local plants and animals. We’ll help you see a different side of Aruba. Away from tourist traps and off the beaten path.

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This hike can be booked separately, but is great to combine with a snorkel tour past a pristine coral reef in the area (Prices starting at $100 p.p).

What’s included?

Complimentary pick up and drop off
Snacks & beverages
Private local guide
…and more!

What should I bring?

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Hat and/or sunglasses

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