Aruba is an island that offers many amazing sights and views to take in. Although there are many different ways to move around the island, thrill seekers will discover that a UTV adventure with Fofoti Tours and Transfers is one of the most satisfying ways to explore the rugged terrain of One Happy Island’s wild side. Our fleet of CFMOTO ZForce 800 EX Utility Task Vehicles can go just about anywhere, which comes in handy when you’re rocking and rolling over the rocky desert landscapes of Aruba. Here’s the route you’ll follow on the Natural Pool UTV Adventure:
One of our comfortable full-sized coaches will stop by your hotel or resort to pick you and take you to our office at Orange Plaza. There you’ll fill out any needed paperwork to confirm your tour participation and receive a complimentary bandana, which helps filter out the dust we’ll kick up when get rolling. If you don’t have proper eye protection, you can purchase a set of goggles as well. From the starting point at Orange Plaza, we head south as a group to make our way into Aruba’s national park.
Many people don’t realize that well over 20% of One Happy Island is protected within the borders of Arikok National Park. There is an entrance fee to enjoy this wild side of Aruba, but you don’t have to worry about paying it – Fofoti takes care of it for you as part of your tour! You’ll see amazing vistas of wide open desert landscapes with cactuses, lizards, wild goats, and many other plants and animals on your way to the Natural Pool.
As you can see in this photo, Mother Nature saw fit to arrange the rocks in this area in such a way that they form what the locals call “conchi” or the Natural Pool. This is on the East side of the island, where the much rougher surf batters the coastline and is unsafe for swimming, unless you happen to be right here where the natural rock walls protect you from the crashing waves. It’s lovely, peaceful and even a little dramatic when ocean spray comes up over the walls. And after your journey through the rocky desert to get here, you’ll be more than ready for a refreshing dip!
As early as the first Spanish explorers who arrived in 1499, there were hopes of finding gold on the island, and much disappointment when it didn’t happen. But gold was finally discovered in 1824, which touched off a nearly 100-year gold rush on One Happy Island. During those years this stone building was a very busy place because it was one of the sites where gold ore was processed. In all, more than 3 million pounds of gold was handled here, which is astounding. Oddly enough, however, there are no records of where the gold was located, so no one knows if there might still be gold on the island.
The Catholic church has been an important presence on the island of Aruba ever since Europeans began arriving, although it wasn’t until 1750 that the first Catholic church building was built on this very spot. The chapel that you see here now is not the original building, which was destroyed long ago. The Alto Vista or “High View” Chapel was built in 1952 and is a reconstruction of what the original church might have been like. It’s location on a hill provides for some truly stunning panoramic views. We chose this aerial view of the chapel, however, to highlight an interesting feature behind it – the Peace Labyrinth. It makes for a lovely walk in the sun while you think about what you can do to make the world a more peaceful place. When you visit inside the chapel, feel free to put a little money in the donation box to help pay for the upkeep of this beloved spot for many years to come.
The total time for the Natural Pool UTV Adventure is around 3.5 hours, and your expert Fofoti guide will keep you supplied with ice-cold water and a dry snack to keep you fueled for the journey. If you’d like to find out more about this tour, other tours, and all the other services offered, visit our website at http://www.fofoti.com/en.