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. Our 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.


Spanish Lagoon is a protected wetland with a beautiful trail running alongside. Learn about the mangroves and the flora and fauna that thrive there. You will see ancient shell middens from Amerindians of thousands of years ago up to the early 1900’s old gold smelter at Balashi. The star of the show is Aruba’s Burrowing Owl nests, the most photogenic animal on the planet. A walk you will remember forever.


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.

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[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3258″ title=”Excursion Size” text=”Private Tour”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3259″ title=”Excursion Type” text=”Cultural, Informative, Nature, Scenic, Physical, Bird Watching”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3260″ title=”Excursion Duration” text=”4+ hours incl. The Total Experience”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3261″ title=”Time” text=”8:00am”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3262″ title=”Activity Level” text=”Easy / Moderate Walking”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3263″ title=”Excursion Departure Point” text=”Wherever you are staying”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3264″ title=”Food/Beverage Provided” text=”Includes; Fruits & Water during the tour & Lunch at Ricardos Restaurant Ocean front at Eagle Beach”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3265″ title=”Non-alcoholic beverages” text=”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.”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”” custom_icon=”3266″ title=”Recommended Dress” text=”Sneakers, comfortable shorts or pants for walking, tee shirt, camera, hat is optional. Please bring your own water bottle. Sunscreen – reef safe.”]