New country souvenir, Aruba, with Geocache of the Week: Haystack Aruba
- by DJ and CAL
- N 12° 31.015 W 069° 59.699
Today, we release a new country/regional souvenir for Aruba. If you have found a geocache in Aruba, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.
Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, Aruba is a popular destination for tourists, a port of call for cruise ships, and home for many species found nowhere else. In its year-round warm breezy climate, geocachers can hunt for caches at tropical beaches, the colorful capital city of Oranjestad, and even on top of a volcano.
Aruba’s most celebrated native plant species is the Divi-Divi tree. The gnarled Fofoti trees on the beaches are often mistaken as the Divi-divi, but you have to visit the desert inland to see Aruba’s distinctive national tree. They are bent sideways and always point Southwest because of the trade winds that constantly blow in that same direction.
You will see many Divi-Divi trees on your way to our Geocache of the Week, Haystack Aruba (GCM93D), hidden on top of the dormant 165 m high volcano, Hooiberg. It is located near the center of the island and can be seen from virtually anywhere on Aruba. Its shape reminded early 17th century Dutch settlers of a haystack, so it’s not surprising that the Dutch word “hooiberg” means “haystack” in English. The cache location at the top offers a 360° view of the island, and on a clear day you can see as far as South America! Getting there isn’t for the faint of heart. The Aruban government installed a towering set of concrete stair steps all the way to the top—approximately 600 of them!
Hidden among some rocks near the summit is a regular sized lock-n-lock container with plenty of room for trackables.
Other highly Favorited geocaches on Aruba include Flowers with Wings (GC21DM2) at a butterfly garden, Casibari Rock Formation EarthCache (GC17WZE) an interesting igneous rock formation, and Aruba Postcard Cache (GCZ6JR) with a dramatic beach view. These and many more geocaching adventures await your visit to Aruba.
We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.
Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.