Gold Mine & Natural Bridges on Aruba
October 25, 2010

Sun: Radisson Aruba Resort, Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant
Mon: ABC Jeep Tour & California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Ostrich Farm & Baby Beach, sunset cruise & Smokey Joes
Tue: Ayo Rock Formation & Donkey Sanctuary, Boca Prins & Fontein Cave, Guadirikiri Cave, Café Rembrandt, Bon Bini Festival & El Gaucho
Wed: SNUBA on the Antilla shipwreck, Pelican's Nest & Aqua Grill
Thur: Fort Zoutman Museum, Submarine Atlantis, Amazonia Brazilian Steakhouse
Fri: Aruba Aloe Factory,  Palmera Rum & Zeerover Bar, cemeteries, churches & Casabari Rock, Screaming Eagle
Sat: Old Dutch Mill & Bubali Bird Sanctuary
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Linnda Stokes at the Aruba Gold Mine

Monday continues

Our Land Rovers from ABC Jeep Tours continued south along a very rough unpaved road toward Baby Bridge. Baby Bridge received its name because a much larger Natural Bridge was located nearby, until its collapse in 2005. We paused only briefly for photos and continued along the Aruba coast toward the Gold Mine Ruins.


Baby Bridge - Aruba
Baby Bridge

Aruba coastline looking south from the Gold Mill Ruins

Gold was discovered on Aruba in 1824 and mines sprang up along the island's northern coast. The Bushiribana Gold Mine smelter at this location was built in 1872 and operated for 10 years.

Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins - Aruba
Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins

Keith and Linda Stokes at the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins
Linda and I in one of the windows at the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins

The Bushiribana Gold Mine is near the site of the former Natural Bridge. Although the larger bridge collapsed in 2005, there is still a smaller "daughter" bridge which is larger than the Baby Bridge which we saw earlier.

There is a small gift shop, refreshment stand, and pay toilets (50 cents) at the daughter bridge. These were the first toilets on the tour.

Daughter Natural Bridge - Aruba
Daughter Natural Bridge

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