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    History and Archaeology anyone?

    Has anybody here any firsthand experience visiting museums and historica
    sites in Aruba?

    I am particularly interested in the ancient native cultures that may have
    lived there and early European explorers.

    My previsit research indicates a number of sites of this nature.

    Stonehenge of Aruba
    Fort Zoutman
    Alto Vista Chapel


    Anybody can add anything to this, or their opinions of these sites would
    be much appreciated.

    Historically yours,

    RKO

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    I would include the caves to see some of the drawings. You could also add the gold smelter ruins.

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    not ancient times, more like recent times.

    take a drive thru the old "colony" in san nic.
    tons of history there
    lots of old and decrepit.
    lots of rebirth too
    i envision, once the economy gets a bit better, the rebirth will really start.

    one of the taxi drivers cyrilo croes (contact him thru this forum by pm or email) is current on his history, dates, sociology and civics. he gives island tours and i recommend hiring him for a few hours. ask lots of questions and
    let him lead the way.

    do i know stonehenge of aruba by another name?


    Quote Originally Posted by ourhistory153 View Post
    Has anybody here any firsthand experience visiting museums and historica
    sites in Aruba?

    I am particularly interested in the ancient native cultures that may have
    lived there and early European explorers.

    My previsit research indicates a number of sites of this nature.

    Stonehenge of Aruba
    Fort Zoutman
    Alto Vista Chapel


    Anybody can add anything to this, or their opinions of these sites would
    be much appreciated.

    Historically yours,

    RKO

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    Thanks for all the good feedback.

    Are there any guided tours to the outback area? An experienced guide that provides the trip to the cave area. Or is it better just to rent your own four wheel drive to go to these areas? Or better yet, are there dirt bikes one can rent?

    A snorkel dive to the Antilla sounds like fun too. Anybody here done that?

    I appreciate travel advice as we have to put together our itinerary soon.

    -RKO

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    Arikok National Park offers tour/hikes

    For snorkeling the Antilla you would need an organized excursion such as Jolly Pirates in order to get there. It is much too far off the coast to swim to.


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    A visit at our Archaeology museum in down town will be a nice experience, you will see and learn a lot of the first inhabitants of Aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxidriver View Post
    A visit at our Archaeology museum in down town will be a nice experience, you will see and learn a lot of the first inhabitants of Aruba.
    Yes, I defintley want to visit them. Do you have any contact info for them?

    I am researching some information for a piece I am writing that includes
    this museum and I'd like to meet an archeologist there.

    Any help with this matter would be appreciated.

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    Thanks Arubalisa! I am getting more excited about my visit every time I come back
    back here for my replies.

    I want to drive out and see the petroglyphs in the outback but need some advice. Rather
    than rent a four wheel drive are there group tours out to this area. Maybe even a recommended knowledgeable guide who might know some folklore from the area?

    -RKO

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