Bushiribana Ruins ©TatyCohen

In 1872 the Aruba Island Gold-mining Company Ltd. built a large smelting works at Bushiribana on the North coast, for the gold that was being mined at Seroe Plat and in its surroundings. The smelting works was in use for only ten years, but its construction was so solid, that ruins thereof at the North coast are still quite impressive.

Towering stone boulders, placed in such close proximity and in unusual designs, combined with the tranquil environment of Ayo, create a sense of awe and an understanding of why the area was once considered a sacred site by the island’s original inhabitants, the Arawak Indians.