The Ruins of an old Gold Mine on Aruba

Attraction

Arikok National Park

Ecological treasure covering 18 percent of Aruba

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This ecological treasure covers 18 percent of Aruba’s total land area with gorgeous vistas of rugged terrain, desert-like hills and breathtaking coastline.

Set amid desert vegetation, the park is filled with caves and abandoned gold mines, and dotted with cacti and divi divi trees. Explore the park's unique geological, cultural and historical sites either on your own or as part of a guided tour and enjoy Aruba's natural beauty at its best. Covering around 7,907 acres, the park is home to some of the island's most beautiful flora and fauna as well as the striking rough hills of the volcanic Aruba lava formation and limestone rocks. Aruba's two tallest hills are also found here; Jamanota Hill and Arikok Hill, from which the name of the park derived. Arikok is also host to the island's most popular natural attraction: The Natural Pool. 

Bat monitoring is key to Arikok National Park with approximately seven species having been identified as living here. Both insect-eating and fruit-eating bats dwell in the park's trees and vegetation and you can often see them flit about the skyline while you wander the grounds. Plus, an array of bird species can be found in Arikok; from troupials to parrots.