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fattypatty
08-27-2009, 09:39 AM
can you get to those places from paved road?

can you follow the directions below using a regular SUV - i.e. honda crv? or do you really need a 4x4?


From the lighthouse (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.613641&lon=-70.051274&z=16&l=0&m=s&v=2), off to the east you will see the well worn dirt trail which you can follow along the coastline towards the south to get you to the Alto Vista Chapel (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.575968&lon=-70.01087&z=16&l=0&m=s&v=2), Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.5536&lon=-69.976387&z=15&l=0&m=s&v=2), the beach at Boca Mahos (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.552804&lon=-69.973941&z=15&l=0&m=s&v=2) and following the path, ultimately, the remains of the former Natural Bridge (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=12.541075&lon=-69.958363&z=15&l=0&m=s&v=2).

Arubalisa
08-27-2009, 10:02 AM
No 4 x 4 required. Haven't seen the road conditions in awhile, but last time we were over there you could tackle it by car as well. An SUV, in my mind is perfect. More comfortable ;) :) going over some of the ruts. :)

fattypatty
08-27-2009, 10:18 AM
No 4 x 4 required. Haven't seen the road conditions in awhile, but last time we were over there you could tackle it by car as well. An SUV, in my mind is perfect. More comfortable ;) :) going over some of the ruts. :)

is it easy to follow? is it possible to get lost easily?

Arubalisa
08-27-2009, 11:06 AM
is it easy to follow? is it possible to get lost easily?
LOL :D, dh and I get lost ALL :doh: the time :doh: and this is one part of the island where there is only one path. ;) :)

Jacki
08-27-2009, 11:13 AM
just took that path the other day - perfect! You can get to alto vista by paved road also. There is no marking to tell you where Alto Vista is by the dirt trail - you will see it from afar and just take a right up a dirt path that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. We were in a Jeep Wrangler, some spots were a little rough, but nothing like the Natural Pool roads.

fattypatty
08-27-2009, 11:21 AM
just took that path the other day - perfect! You can get to alto vista by paved road also. There is no marking to tell you where Alto Vista is by the dirt trail - you will see it from afar and just take a right up a dirt path that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. We were in a Jeep Wrangler, some spots were a little rough, but nothing like the Natural Pool roads.


when you say some parts were rough with your wrangler, do you think a small suv will suffice? i can't remember if any part of that road has rocks or small hills you need to climb up. surely, i don't want to be left with a flat tire or stuck in the middle of nowhere.

sleepyEDB
08-28-2009, 10:31 AM
Didn't the natural bridge collapse? I thought I read that somewhere on this site, although I could certainly be mistaken...


sleepy

Arubalisa
08-28-2009, 10:46 AM
Didn't the natural bridge collapse? I thought I read that somewhere on this site, although I could certainly be mistaken...
sleepy
Yes, sure did on 9/2/2005

http://www.arubabound.com/photos/arikok/natlbrdg/naturalbridgec_sm.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/arikok/natlbrdg/naturalbridgec.jpg)

There is a small bridge adjacent

http://www.arubabound.com/photos/arikok/natlbrdg/natural_bridge2b_sm.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/arikok/natlbrdg/natural_bridge2b.jpg)

There is also a "baby" bridge between the lighthouse and the collapsed natural bridge.

http://www.arubabound.com/photos/necoast/baby_bridgeb_sm.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/necoast/baby_bridgeb.jpg)

Jacki
08-28-2009, 04:46 PM
when you say some parts were rough with your wrangler, do you think a small suv will suffice? i can't remember if any part of that road has rocks or small hills you need to climb up. surely, i don't want to be left with a flat tire or stuck in the middle of nowhere.


Just that there are some spots that are rocky and you have to be careful not to trash the undercarriage of the vehicle. Originally we were supposed to be using a 4 door SUV thing, but it seemed way too low to the ground. Glad we went with the wrangler from another company :)

Chadd
08-30-2009, 03:05 AM
I've never noticed that trail at the lighthouse before, I may put that on the list for the next trip

CandyC55
08-30-2009, 09:56 AM
Has the trail improved to the Natural pool?? When went two years ago it was bad. Last year my daughter was told that no jeep tours went there anymore due to the bad conditons of the terrain.

Chadd
08-30-2009, 04:59 PM
We did the ABC tour to the natural pool two years ago and drove out back in March. The road is terrible, but you can get there if you take your time and pick your way.
http://www.abc-aruba.com/index.html

fattypatty
09-02-2009, 11:30 PM
We did the ABC tour to the natural pool two years ago and drove out back in March. The road is terrible, but you can get there if you take your time and pick your way.
http://www.abc-aruba.com/index.html

is it worth even trying with an suv or should we stick with the guided tours? im afraid of either getting lost, stuck, or have a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. can one reasonable expect to find their way around?

Chadd
09-03-2009, 12:34 AM
is it worth even trying with an suv or should we stick with the guided tours? im afraid of either getting lost, stuck, or have a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. can one reasonable expect to find their way around?
I wouldn't go with anything less than a full sized Jeep. If you get something that isn't at least as off-road capable as a stock Jeep, don't drive there. If you know how to drive off road and pick your line, you will be fine. You have to see where the trail is and then pick your line through the hazards. My concern is usually with the undercarriage than it is with getting a flat tire.

Jacki
09-03-2009, 01:31 PM
I wouldn't go with anything less than a full sized Jeep. If you get something that isn't at least as off-road capable as a stock Jeep, don't drive there. If you know how to drive off road and pick your line, you will be fine. You have to see where the trail is and then pick your line through the hazards. My concern is usually with the undercarriage than it is with getting a flat tire.


I totally agree...and DO NOT listen to the car rental companies that tell you this 4 door suzuki SUV will be just fine :rolleyes: I can't imagine making it there without some serious undercarriage damage to a low vehicle like that.

Chadd
09-03-2009, 02:41 PM
I totally agree...and DO NOT listen to the car rental companies that tell you this 4 door suzuki SUV will be just fine :rolleyes: I can't imagine making it there without some serious undercarriage damage to a low vehicle like that.
A couple of the rental agencies forbid taking their vehicles to the natural pool. I know it was in the contract of at least one or two that I've used in the past. Like you said though, a lot of them really couldn't make it anyway.

Oldbuthappy
09-03-2009, 04:02 PM
Since the collapse, do you think it is still worthwhile going there?

Chadd
09-03-2009, 04:06 PM
I love that side of the island, so my answer would always be yes. There is still the "mini bridge" and the tourist trap souvenir stand there as well.

Jacki
09-03-2009, 04:34 PM
personally I still think it's an awesome site to check out and so is the gold mine ruin. If you go from the lighthouse you get to see the undeveloped land that holds it's own beauty and the colors are amazing. There are the mini natural bridges - definately worth it IMO

fattypatty
09-03-2009, 10:24 PM
hm...so i guess taking a honda crv is out of the question?

Chadd
09-04-2009, 12:31 AM
hm...so i guess taking a honda crv is out of the question?
Natural bridge = no problems
Natural pool = no chance

fattypatty
09-04-2009, 06:29 AM
Natural bridge = no problems
Natural pool = no chance

so are you driving blind on the dirt road until you can make out something in the distance? how do you know where to travel?

Andrea J.
09-04-2009, 07:32 AM
our son did it a couple of yrs ago with a friend.
apparently they rented a jeep wrangler we picked their way thru the dust folowing a tour vehicle.
he said it was terrible and they were nervous about the possibility of wrecking the vehicle.

andrea


so are you driving blind on the dirt road until you can make out something in the distance? how do you know where to travel?

Chadd
09-04-2009, 10:37 AM
so are you driving blind on the dirt road until you can make out something in the distance? how do you know where to travel?
Sorry, I thought you were talking about in general, never been on this road.

Jacki
09-04-2009, 06:20 PM
you are pretty much climbing up and going down dirt trails with sharp large rocks and huge crater dips, etc. there is one part where you are going up such a steep hill you really need to gun it a bit, but want to give the tour guide enough room infront of you incase he starts to slip back...

I wish I had taken pics of the roads, but I didn't have a free hand between holding the dash & the roll bar white-knuckled!