S: Aruba 2011
FC: Aruba 2011
1: Aruba 2011 Photos
2: Left: View from the fourth floor balcony of the Divi Aruba Phoenix timeshare. | Right: View of the beach from behind the resort during midday and sunset.
4: Left, counterclockwise: California Lighthouse, a refreshment stand, and Rob drinking coconut milk from a fresh coconut. | Right, counterclockwise: A Dutch windmill imported from Holland, view from near the California Lighthouse, view from a tower built near a bird sanctuary. Lush vegetation can be found near the tower due to a nearby water treatment plant.
7: Left: There were several different types of crabs seen during the trip. Crabs found near the Divi resort would willingly crawl on a stationary human foot. | Top: An iguana was found on the fourth floor of Divi Aruba Phoenix. It was captured via travel tote and released into the wild.
8: Above:A yellow butterfly is drawn to the smell of sweet banana. | Upper right: Crystallises hang in a cabinet as the caterpillars inside transform into butterflies. | Bottom right: A caterpillar egg on a leaf.
9: Above: World's largest caterpillar, which transforms into a moth with a wingspan of 10"-12". | Bottom: several small caterpillars.
10: Brightly colored caterpillars are often poisonous. | One of the only two iridescent butterflies in the farm. | A yellow and green butterfly. | A butterfly with spots that resemble an owl's eye.
11: The butterfly farm encourages visitors to plant native plants that local butterflies enjoy.
12: Left: Rob snorkeling at Baby Beach after the Discover Aruba Bus Tour. Bottom Right: fish seen during snorkeling at Baby Beach. | Upper Right: Ayo Rock formations and Aruban landscape.
13: Upper left: Pelicans rest on a rock near the Northern tip of the island. Upper right: A local beach. View of the coral bluffs composing the island's surface. | Left: View of a natural beach. Rob is sitting on a rock near the shore.
15: Left page: Jeep rental day. Rob sits on top of rocks near the California Sand Dunes. Pictured to his right is the churning water of the northern coast. Above: Alta Vista Chapel. Built on the original 1750 location of Aruba's first Catholic church in 1952. | Upper right: Stray dogs are a common sight in Aruba. These dogs are given water by the church attendants. Right: A peace labyrinth sits behind the church. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the center.
16: Left- View of the countryside near a summer beach home. Right: View of cliff overlooks and a natural land bridge on the north side.
19: Upper Left: Goldmine ruins from when Aruba was thought to have gold. Bottom left: Natural Bridge and Baby Bridge land bridges. The large Natural Bridge collapsed in 2005. | Above: Barren Aruban landscape, as seen from our Jeep lost outside of Arikok National Park.
20: The rental Jeep drove on all-terrain vehicle pathways.
22: Aruba's Natural Pool, an area on the northern side of the island protected by rocks. When waves crash over the rocks conditions can become dangerous. This area is located twenty minutes by 4x4 vehicle or 45 minutes by foot off of a dirt road.
23: Above: Arikok Park, A protected nature area which occupies approximately 18% of the island. Right: Rob standing atop a cliff.
24: Arikok Park, near the Boca Prins sand dunes.
26: Fontein Cave, found in Aruba's Arikok Park. The cave has a maximum width of 3 meters and a height of 2 meters. The entrance hall extends to a depth of 50 meters. Colorful stalagmites and stalactites can be found in odd shapes. Long tongued bats are living in the crevices of the cave.
27: Top: Arawak drawings pictured on the ceiling. The Arawak peoples were indigenous peoples of the West Indies and Aruba.
29: Guadirikiri Cave features two large dome-shaped chambers illuminated by sunlight shining through holes in the ceiling.
30: Limestone formations in Guadirikiri Cave.
32: Above: Goats crossing a street near Arikok Park. Goats are commonly found in the Aruban countryside. | Right: Aruba's windmills are set on the northern coast for maximum power generation. Far right: A religious shrine found in a grotto on the side of a cliff.
34: Last sunrise before leaving for the United States.