With UTVs and Jeep Tours by the dozen, one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the natural beauty of Aruba's rugged landscape is on horseback. Founded in 2012, Rancho Loco is a full working ranch and farm that offers several different tour options by horseback. The horses are well cared for and spirited – nothing beats the feeling of a gallop down a secluded beach.
The Natural Pool located in Arikok National Park is one of those magical places you may want to take in without the crowds. One way to do that is to hike there at sunrise; an unforgettable experience that will stay with me for a long time to come.
The beginning of the hike at Rancho Daimari can be a bit tricky to find, so you may want to check it out beforehand, during daylight. I'd include GPS coordinates here–but we lost reception before we even got to the Ranch. Park your car before the road dips towards the buildings of Rancho Daimari, walk towards the water and then to the right. It's definitely a bit of an adventure, but that's the idea, isn't it?
It'll take you about 30-40minutes to get to the Natural Pool, or Conchi, as it is called by the locals. With the sun slowly coming up, the views along the shoreline are breathtaking. Best of all, you'll have the pool completely to yourself, for a private swim, before the jeep tours arrive.
>>>Warm thanks to the aruba.com/">Aruba Tourism Authority for a wonderful welcome to 'One Happy Island' and to my lovely new friends at the Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba for accommodation in one of their amazing casitas!
Also known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," the natural pool is a unique sight: the formation of rocks and volcanic stone literally create a small 'pool.' Constantly cleaned out by waves and full of hundreds of tropical fish, the natural pool is a great place to snorkel or just relax. It is not easy to reach the natural pool, but the destination is definitely worth the adventurous trip. It is surrounded by some of Aruba’s most rugged terrain, therefore it is inaccessible by car.