Aruba is a 33 km-long island and provides ample opportunities for you to walk and hike. One of the most popular places on the island to hike is the Arikok National Park that has 20 miles of trails with many more to come in the future. No matter what your hiking experience or ability is, you will surely find a trail to suit your needs. Not only do you have the pleasure of hiking on this beautiful island but you will have the incredible opportunity to see some Petroglyphs (Rock engravings) on some of the rocks. Several of the trails are very easy to walk and incredibly easy to follow, but whatever trail you take always look out for the wildlife; although it may be tempting to stop and stare at the rattlesnakes, cat-eyed snakes and more, it is always better to walk on. The Aruban whiptail lizard, parakeets and owls are of course less dangerous but never forget this is their home.
Hooiberg Mountain is 168 meters high and is the third highest peak on the island, because Aruba is very flat, it is so easy to spot this lovely mountain, despite the lack of road signs. It’s very easy to climb Hooiberg due to the 562 concrete steps but there are many lizards, rock formations and the like to see. There are undoubtedly a number of electrical lines and cell towers that may try to disturb your experience, but this is a truly pleasant walk that doesn’t drain or tire you out and you’ll get a good view of the island from the top.
For the more experienced walkers and hikers Dos Playa is the place to be, you can get there by taking the beautiful route next to the ocean if you wish, climb the mountain and walk back through a riverbed (you won’t be trespassing, it’s a route taken by many). This is such a beautiful part of the island and you are guaranteed to enjoy the walk and the wonderful scenery. The walk in itself will take you approximately 2.5 hours and you will get to see a part of the island that not many tourists do, why not plan it today and get ready to have an unforgettable hike.
Start planning your vacation today and see what Aruba flights are available, once you book them you know you are one step closer to having that dream hiking vacation come true.