Private Follow The Gold Hiking Tour

+ Lunch Included

+ Transportation

+ Private Tour Guide

Venture back in time on our beautiful island when there was no industry, just farmers and fishermen. During the early 1800’s a young boy saw a glimmering, shiny rock in a dry creek bed while herding his sheep. And so Aruba’s gold rush industry began. Book now our fantastic 4:30 hour tour including history, flora, fauna, hiking, and food.

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Pick up at your accommodation

We start the day by picking you up at your hotel/Airbnb accommodation anywhere in Aruba.


Arrival at the site and short briefing of the tour and Bushiribana Gold Complex


Heading East to the – big dig at Matividiri up on the hill – where you will have an awesome view for your sightseeing photos and more

Multiple Ground Digs

We will head down to Kadushi to discover multiple ground digs on a large vain (you might be lucky to find some gold )

6 Different Old Outbuildings

Next, you will pass ruins of 6 different old outbuildings, part of the Bushiribana Gold Complex, our tour guide will explain the history and more about each one of them

Green Savana at Boedoei

Hiking past the outbuildings you will be surprised to cross through a beautiful green Savana at Boedoei. Great sightseeing area for your vacation photos.

Bushiribana Gold Mill

Once back at the main Bushiribana Gold Mill ruins you will have a new understanding of the process of this gold industrial complex in the 1800’s.

Ricardo’s Restaurant

Then we take you to enjoy the other side of the island on a beachfront Restaurant at Ricardo’s where we will enjoy delicious lunch. The restaurant is located at the Aruba Beach Club Resort

Drop Off

Return to your accommodation.

Private Follow The Gold Tour

Our hiking tour will begin at the ruins of Bushiribana on the north coast. We will climb up to the remains of a large dig on the hill of Matividiri next to a dry creek bed. From there we will head down to Kadushi where you will discover multiple dig sites along a relatively large vein that heads towards Sero Cristal / Kristal and Sero Gerard. These locations were the main areas where the gold was found. Tons of ore were packed on the backs of donkeys and hauled down these trails to the Bushiribana Gold Mill. A fascinating part of Aruba’s history you will not forget!

“Follow the Gold” Bushiribana Hiking Tour”

Our hiking tour will begin near the ruins of Bushiribana c.1872 on our beautiful north coast. You will get a well-researched glimpse of how primitive the gold mining industry was during the late “1800s. At the time, this gold mining operation was Aruba’s first industry other than agriculture and fishing. It also has the distinction of being the first permanently established mechanized gold processing plant in the Caribbean. We will share all of our extensive research with you as we explore the whole complex.

Heading east past Boca Mahos, we will make our way to Matividiri where there are the remains of a large dig on the hill next to a dry creek bed. From there we will head down to Kadushi where you will discover multiple dig sites along a relatively large vein that heads in the direction of Sero Crystal and Sero Gerard. These last two locations were the main areas where the ore was extracted.

You will be surprised to pass through a tranquil savanna. This amazing lush green grassland of Boedoei reveals just how many diverse natural areas our island possesses. This savanna was one of the routes the donkeys traveled through to get from the gold mines to the gold mill hauling tons of ore packed on their backs.

Once back at Bushiribana Gold Mill ruins you can realize much better what it took to get the ore to this spot and then process the rocks for the gold.

After this captivating journey back in time, you will be treated to a delicious lunch at one of our local Restaurants. Ricardo’s Restaurant located at Aruba Beach Club Resort


Enjoy our totally Private Spanish lagoon tour with Lunch at Ricardo’s Restaurant Included.

Hike along the Spanish Lagoon Mangrove Trail inland to the headwaters where you will find the ruins of the old gold smelter neighboring 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. There is a fantastic amount of flora and fauna, plus many of the island’s birds nest there. Spanish Lagoon is the most substantial part of the protected Aruba wetlands and the only inland water you will find on the island.

After exploring the old Balashi Gold Mill Ruins, we will take you to visit the “Shoco” nests. The Shoco athene cunicularia arubensis is our renowned burrowing owl. These beautiful birds are only found in Aruba and have the distinction of being Aruba’s national symbol. With their magnificent bright yellow eyes, they are the most photogenic animal on the planet. We then transport you to Kibaima Grill for a lovely lunch overlooking the Spanish Lagoon up to the hills of Arikok National Park.

Along with the guided walking tour and lunch, round trip transportation and water refills are included.

If you are looking to get out into nature and expend a little energy, this walking tour is something you can’t pass up.

Excursion Size

Private Tour

Excursion Type

Cultural, Informative,Nature, Scenic, Physical

Excursion Duration

2 hours



Activity Level

Moderate Walking

Excursion Departure Point

Wherever you are staying

Food/Beverage Provided

Lunch Included at Ricardo’s Restaurant

Non-alcoholic beverages

are included as well as coffee and tea plus

water refills during the tour. Alcohol is available

for purchase. PLEASE NOTE: Restaurant may

be subject to change.

Recommended Dress

Sneakers, comfortable shorts or pants for walking,

tee shirt, camera, hat is optional. Please bring your

own water bottle. Sunscreen – reef safe.


This tour is physically active and general health is necessary. Guests must be able to walk long distances. Children ages 4 and under cannot participate ( except for a previous approval by our Guide – Call us direct). This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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