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Looking for adventure? Climb Hooiberg, Aruba's famous mountain located at the center of the island, with a view from its 541-foot peak that extends as far as Venezuela on a clear day.
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  • Shelsey J
    Bronx, New York13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best view of Aruba
    Totally worth going!! The reviews are right about the best time of day to go being either sunrise or sunset for a magical experience. I went at sunrise and the weather was perfect, and only took us about 20 minutes to make it to the top. Pack plenty of water and take breaks as needed, but once you make it up you’ll forget how tired you even were. Entrance was easy to spot and no fence was in place. Go if you have a chance!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Jen
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we did it!
    Our group was glad we hiked up Hooiberg for the view and pictures at the top. Stairs weren’t bad at all and there were places to stop along the way. Our group of 11 got to the top in 20-25 minutes and we were taking our time. Walk around the building at the top to the other side for unobstructed views! Hiked at about 9:15 am and was not too hot. We took a taxi from our resort and arranged with our taxi driver to come back and get us.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • warrentravelor
    United States197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort! Amazing views
    Great views, but get ready! Lots and lots of steps, over 500 each way. Bring 2 big wster bottles, one for up and one for down, or a big big one. Sneakers with sock’s are a must! Some areas if the steps have railings others do not. Suggest going very early am when its cool like 7 or 8. If you cant make ot all the way, there is still beautiful views half way up.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Rick P
    Raleigh, North Carolina4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immensely satisfying - worth doing
    This was a highlight of our fun Aruba trip. We went together the first time, encountering a group of goats about 100m away, which woke us up! They crossed the steps and into the foilage by the time we arrived at the point where they were crossing. The last 1/4 of the trek did not offer the large stone waiting areas so be prepared. My partner was quite anxious about this experience, but she celebrated the ascent for days after. I decided to go for a faster experience after we descended. My strong run at the beginning was forced by fatigue into a fast, heavy-breathing walk. I still ran the climb for brief periods! My stopwatch reported 11 minutes 45 seconds for the rise and return. Beautiful views and immensely satisfying.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Mike P
    Tamaqua, Pennsylvania174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice morning hike with nice views! Not for the faint of heart though!
    Went for the sunrise... ended up being overcast that morning. Definitely not for the faint of heart.... but doable for even less than fit. Would not recommend for anyone that doesnt have a least a little bit of stamina. Steps may look nice and an easy walk, but its tough! Got to the top, very nice views. Dont need to see it again for sure.... once and done is enough.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2024
  • sbenjamen
    Washington DC, District of Columbia363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stairway to Heaven
    Spoiler alert...I am afraid of heights and did not make it to the top, but still had a great time. The steps are well maintained and, in most places, include handrails. There are also a few stops "cupolas" long the way to ease your journey. With no shame...I said I cannot go further. The final set of steps are steep w/out handrail. But...I still had a great time and would do it again, just to see if I could make it to the top. And the views from each of the resting areas were very cool. My friend did make it to the top. His pics were spectacular.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 March 2024
  • Ludster
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view, glad I didn’t die on the way up.
    Wow, thought I was going to die by the 1st pagoda. Took a nice 5-8 minute break and continued. Definitely helps to stop and take breaks as we all get older. Top 1/3-1/4 has no hand railings, but an easier climb. Coming down I may have scooted on my butt a bit for the lower half of the no railings section when I can clearly see how high I am. Glad to say I made it to the top, walked around to behind the 2nd building which had a great platform for amazing views!! Could definitely see Venezuela from the top, even with some haze along the coast, you could make out the land outline. Sunday was not as busy, maybe because Easter? If I had died not sure anyone would’ve been around to call polis. Only passed 1 couple going up, and 3 groups while going down. Loved it! Glad I did it! Not sure I’d do it again, well maybe if the family came this time. Definitely recommend this!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2024
  • amyp-ma
    85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful quick hike!
    This mountain is beautiful. You will climb I believe it’s around 574 steps to the top. There is rest points through out. With a few stops it took us just 20 minutes to the top. We did go for sunrise. If you plan on doing that bring a flashlight as it’s dark.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
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amyp-ma
Clinton, Massachusetts85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This mountain is beautiful. You will climb I believe it’s around 574 steps to the top. There is rest points through out. With a few stops it took us just 20 minutes to the top. We did go for sunrise. If you plan on doing that bring a flashlight as it’s dark.
Written 22 April 2024
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Samantha P
Edinburgh, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A great start to the day!
Took the L3 bus at 8am from Orangestad's main station which was very quick along route 7 to the south side of the hill.
Alight at stop 20, cross over & follow the Hooiberg road opposite to the next main crossing. Turn right & walk for 5 mins or so to the start of the steps.
Takes around 20 mins with a few short stops, but everyone has their own pace, so take your time & enjoy - the views are worth it!

Choose a cloudier, windier day if possible, preferably before 10am or go late afternoon.
Return the same way using bus stop 21 which has a shelter. If you stay at Pista Q hostel, the driver can stop right outside!

A minibus also runs from Williamstad near the bus station, along route 4 to the Piedra Platt centre on the north side, which is a shorter walk to Hooiberg, but there's no timetable for these buses & they operate separately from Arubus.
Written 20 April 2024
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Ludster
Catonsville16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Wow, thought I was going to die by the 1st pagoda. Took a nice 5-8 minute break and continued. Definitely helps to stop and take breaks as we all get older. Top 1/3-1/4 has no hand railings, but an easier climb. Coming down I may have scooted on my butt a bit for the lower half of the no railings section when I can clearly see how high I am. Glad to say I made it to the top, walked around to behind the 2nd building which had a great platform for amazing views!! Could definitely see Venezuela from the top, even with some haze along the coast, you could make out the land outline. Sunday was not as busy, maybe because Easter? If I had died not sure anyone would’ve been around to call polis. Only passed 1 couple going up, and 3 groups while going down. Loved it! Glad I did it! Not sure I’d do it again, well maybe if the family came this time. Definitely recommend this!!
Written 31 March 2024
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sbenjamen
Washington DC, DC363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Spoiler alert...I am afraid of heights and did not make it to the top, but still had a great time. The steps are well maintained and, in most places, include handrails. There are also a few stops "cupolas" long the way to ease your journey. With no shame...I said I cannot go further. The final set of steps are steep w/out handrail. But...I still had a great time and would do it again, just to see if I could make it to the top. And the views from each of the resting areas were very cool. My friend did make it to the top. His pics were spectacular.
Written 22 March 2024
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Mike P
Tamaqua, PA174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Went for the sunrise... ended up being overcast that morning. Definitely not for the faint of heart.... but doable for even less than fit. Would not recommend for anyone that doesnt have a least a little bit of stamina. Steps may look nice and an easy walk, but its tough! Got to the top, very nice views. Dont need to see it again for sure.... once and done is enough.
Written 13 March 2024
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Joy Guinn
Reno, NV57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
What a view! We went early to beat the heat. The climb to the top was moderate with some areas that were steep without a handrail. It was cool to watch the sunrise from the peak.
Written 11 March 2024
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Svetla T
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great place to watch the sunrise! Many steps, but not too hard to climb them. Need to arrive early to watch the sunrise. The views are beautiful
Written 11 February 2024
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Rick P
Raleigh, NC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a highlight of our fun Aruba trip. We went together the first time, encountering a group of goats about 100m away, which woke us up! They crossed the steps and into the foilage by the time we arrived at the point where they were crossing. The last 1/4 of the trek did not offer the large stone waiting areas so be prepared. My partner was quite anxious about this experience, but she celebrated the ascent for days after.

I decided to go for a faster experience after we descended. My strong run at the beginning was forced by fatigue into a fast, heavy-breathing walk. I still ran the climb for brief periods! My stopwatch reported 11 minutes 45 seconds for the rise and return.

Beautiful views and immensely satisfying.
Written 29 January 2024
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Louise R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Amazing views from the top. Stairs are well maintained and are consistent, making for easier climbing.
Written 19 January 2024
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Ross R
Jacksonville, FL29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Walked it for sunrise at 6:30 am. Great place to watch it and extremely peaceful and quiet. Good to do solo or with a small group.
Written 28 December 2023
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