Half-Day Spanish Lagoon Mangrove Hiking Trail with Meal

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  • 3.5 hr

You are invited to hike with us along the Spanish Lagoon Mangrove Trail inland to the headwaters where you will find the ruins of the old gold smelter neighbouring the haunted Frenchman’s Pass. Well-informed and enjoyably personal guides will lead you along this mangrove laced trail while explaining all there is to know about this rarely visited part of our island. Archaeologists have recently carbon-dated various shell middens as far back as 1465 BC as Spanish Lagoon was a principal area of exploration by the Archaic Amerindian first arrivals from Venezuela. After exploring the old Balashi Gold Smelter Ruins, we will take you to visit the “Shoco” nests. The Shoco athene cunicularia arubensis is our renowned burrowing owl. We then transport you to Murano’s Cafe and Art Studio for a lovely lunch.

Itinerary Details

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We start at the Local TV sender, TeleAruba in Pos Chiquito, and from there we start the hiking along the Spanish lagoon and go upstairs to the old bridge and have the view of the begging of the Spanish lagoon

Duration: 15 minutes

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After passing the new bridge under, then we hike along the Spanish lagoon mangrove trail. We will pass along one of the oldest Aloe Farms at the top before we head back down to meet the trail again. At that point, you will see one of the 7 shell middens located at the Spanish Lagoon that has been carbon-dated between 1465 - 1280 BC Proceeding inland along the mangrove trail you will see quite different flora and fauna as this is our only inland water area on the island. You will also see a point in the trail where they loaded the barges with the gold to take out to the ships over 100 years ago. At the end of this amazing trail we will pass by the protected “Shoco” nest area. If we are very lucky and very quiet we can see these amazing creatures. Aruba’s national symbol is the Shoco. This burrowing owl is only found in Aruba and is the most photogenic animal on the planet. A true pleasure to see.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Balashi Gold Mill Ruins

We visit the ruins of the Old Balashi Gold Smelter Ruins. Right next to the old French men's pass. There is a great story of the haunted Frenchman’s Pass that you will hear first as it is located next to the head waters. Then we will show you the old ruins of the Balashi Gold smelter. Much it is still there to see. From there we will hike up along the ridge overlooking the whole Spanish Lagoon area. Best spots for your vacation sightseeing pictures. The Bushiribana smelter was built in 1825 by the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company to extract gold from the ore that was being mined in the nearby hills of Ceru Plat. It operated for ten years. The site has beautiful views and rich history also a great view of the Spanish Lagoon

Duration: 30 minutes

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We drive you nearby Aruba's countryside, near to Ayo Rock formation area and Bushirinaba Gold Mine to The Murano Glass Art gallery & restaurant for Lunch

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Studio Murano Art

We visit for Lunch the Murano Art gallery and restaurant, where you will get a demonstration of the Murano glass show and you will be able to buy glass jewelry at the spot. CAESAR SALAD WITH CHICKEN Romaine, Parmesan Cheese, Eggs, Croutons & Caesar Dressing CAPRESE SALAD Tomato, Mozzarella Bufala & Basil MURANO BURGER w/FRIES Hamburger w/Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Onion, Cheese, Bacon & Pineapple CHICKEN WRAP w/FRIES Chicken w/Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Bell Pepper & House Sauce FISH WRAP w/FRIES Fish w/Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber & Garlic Sauce 12” CHEESE PIZZA with choice of 1 topping Mushroom, Onion, Pepper, Black Olives, Ham, Pepperoni or Pineapple One nonalcoholic beverage included plus coffee or tea Alcohol available on guests separate account

Duration: 1 hour
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