Arikok National Park
- Type: Hiking and Parks
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Aruban rattlesnakes, parakeets and whiptail lizards make their home in the Arikok National Park, as do numerous iguanas, goats, donkeys and migratory birds. So if you don't like animals, stay clear of Aruba's southeastern quadrant, which is dominated by this ecological preserve and extremely popular tourist stop.
Many who visit Arikok make a day of observing the area wildlife, exploring the caves, sand dunes and limestone cliffs that populate the area, or examining the Amerindian art and abandoned gold mines that sit within the park's limits. Many choose to drive through the park in a four-wheel drive vehicle, but you can also get out and hike in some spots. Considering the breadth of land and activity in Arikok, it's best to pick one or two top things to do, or perhaps visit the park again on another day.
Arikok National Park was once free to visit, but has recently started charging a moderate admission fee, and mandating that day-of tickets be purchased by 3 p.m. at the latest. Opening hours vary, but the park closes at 5 p.m. every day. Visit the park's official website for more information on visiting hours, park rules and fees.