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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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 Island Ultimate Jeep SafariDay Trips

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 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, including the Natural Pool—accessible only by 4x4. 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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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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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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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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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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UTV Offroad Experience Natural Pool & Caves 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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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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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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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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Explore Aruba Party Bus Tour

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Tour Aruba in an open-air bus on this half-day excursion from Oranjestad. While listening to engaging commentary from your guide on Aruba's history and culture, travel to the area's top attractions and natural landmarks. Jam to traditional Caribbean music an soak up the party atmosphere; one drink included.
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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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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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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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Cool Paradise Afternoon TourNature and Wildlife

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Cool Paradise Afternoon Tour

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Exciting, amazing, and safe! These three words describe Aruba’s best horseback riding adventure at the Gold Mine Ranch. This wonderful horseback ride is exciting because it is fun for anyone — couples, friends, children — and is safe for the entire family. The views are amazing, including beautiful beaches, sand dunes, and a fantastic ocean view. We are located right on the North-East coast and offer the best ocean view right from the start. We also strive to provide you with a safe ride by means of our personal service to you. Instructions and plenty of attention are provided to all our guests.
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Self Guided Off-road Utv Tour (2-seat)

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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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Regular Morning TourNature and Wildlife

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Regular Morning Tour

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This isn't your regular nose-to-tail riding. We offer horseback adventure! We are located right on the North-East coast where the views are fantastic, with a wide range of man-made and natural wonders, such as beautiful beaches, sand dunes, and a fantastic ocean view. You will walk, trot, and canter along the most beautiful scenery that Aruba has to offer. Come join us and take this off your bucket list!
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Aruba Private Luxury Jeep Tours With Exciting Attractions and Panoramic Views

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Make yourself comfortable in our private luxurious and fully air-conditioned Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and get a Private tour through our beautiful island Aruba. The Around Aruba Tours team will bring you to all the exciting attractions and show you the best adventures in Aruba. Enjoy this private jeep tour and visit the well-known Natural Pool and other landmarks. Included in this private jeep tour is the entrance fee to the Arikok National Park along with a private driver/guide to enlighten you about the significant places and tradition. Around Aruba Tours provides you with a private yet outstanding Island view. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Natural Bridge, Bushiribana Gold Ruins, Casibari, Ayo Rock Formation, and other such famous attractions. Snorkeling at your favorite beach. Design your trip, or let us pick the stops for you! With your private tour, there's no need to rush from one place to the next. You set the pace. You will explore the beauty of Aruba!
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Self Guided Off-road Utv Tour (6-seat)Half-day Tours

Self Guided Off-road Utv Tour (6-seat)

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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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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Aruba UTV Tour Adventure (2-Seater)Half-day Tours

Aruba UTV Tour Adventure (2-Seater)

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Discover the beautiful and rugged terrain of Aruba aboard your own utility terrain vehicle (UTV) during this small-group tour. Zoom along paths to rocky coastlines, geologic formations, and stop for a swim at natural pools. This is a great way to, literally, go off the beaten path and explore more of Aruba’s interior. Entrance to Arikok National Park is included.
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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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  • 4 hours
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The Best of Aruba Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

The Best of Aruba Sightseeing Tour

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See Aruba from coast to gorgeous coast on this 4.5-hour. Visit highlights such as the Natural Bridge Ruins and the Cunucu houses, as well as the unusual rock formations in the island's interior. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as refreshments and snacks, are included.
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