Soak Up Some Culture & Soothing Aloe All in One Shot
Travelers are increasingly looking to absorb the local culture of destinations they visit, and for those visiting Aruba, Aruba Aloe offers the perfect opportunity to do just that with its factory and museum tour. Visitors will learn about the rich history of Aloe Vera, its importance to Aruba’s economy, and the healing properties of this miracle plant. (Of course, they’ll also have the chance to try some of Aruba Aloe’s truly impressive products!)
The Aloe Vera Plant: A Brief History
Aloe Vera’s healing properties were discovered centuries ago, and it has been used as an ingredient in medications throughout the world by many different cultures ever since. It is believed that Cleopatra used Aloe to enhance the natural beauty of her skin by bathing in Aloe gel and that Christopher Columbus said: “Four vegetables are indispensable for the well-being of a man: wheat, the grape, the olive, and Aloe. The first nourishes him, the second raises his spirit, the third brings him harmony, and the fourth cures him.”
Aloe Vera, meaning “true plant” in Latin, originally comes from Africa, and the plant is endowed with such marvelous properties that it is often referred to as the “burn plant,” “medicine plant,” “wand of heaven,” and even “plant of life.”
“The Island of Aloes”
The plant was introduced in Aruba in the mid 1800s, and due to Aruba’s perfect growing conditions, the island became one of the largest exporters of Aloe products in the world, earning the nickname “The Island of Aloes.” Aloe has proven to be so important to the local economy that the plant is even shown in Aruba’s coat of arms. Aloe Vera nowadays tops the list as one of the most powerful moisturizers and hydrating remedies available, and Aruba’s Aloe is known to be the finest in the world.
Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Tour
Founded in 1890, Aruba Aloe Balm is one of the oldest companies in Aruba and the only company that still grows and processes Aloe on the island. By visiting this iconic landmark and plantation, you will learn about the plant’s rich history and about how Aruba Aloe makes its world-famous skincare products.
During the tour, the friendly local staff will guide you through the manufacturing process, from field to shelf. The leaf-cutting demonstration is especially popular, where you might even be invited to taste the Aloe gel. You will also receive a guided tour of the museum, which serves as a national depository for ancient Aloe tools and equipment, as well as a complete library on the history, manufacturing, and healing qualities of Aloe.
The tour will end with an invitation to peruse the wide array of products within the store onsite. PS: Aruba Aloe products make the perfect made-in-Aruba souvenirs to take home to family and friends!
The Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory & Store in Hato is just minutes away from the hotel area. The Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Tours are held in English, Dutch, Spanish, or Papiamento (depending on the audience) every 15 minutes.
Museum & Tour Hours:
Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 9 am – 1 pm
Address: Pitastraat 115, Hato, Aruba
Tour Reviews from TripAdvisor:
See How Aloe Defined Aruba – Great Tour!
What an amazing lesson in Aruban history and the importance of Aloe to the birth of Aruba. We went on the tour because we use the products and were curious about the production process. We were surprised to learn that about 60 people make up the company, and almost everything is done by hand. Very proud employees and the tour takes about 45 minutes. The Aloe fields and harvesting process are worth the trip. -VacationLover324, Westchester, NY
Amazing Time at the Factory!
This was a part of the trip I wasn’t expecting to be that great to be honest. Man, was I wrong! The history, the guided tour, the demo… all of it was amazing! My fiancé and I were there with our 2-year-old. Everyone had a great time! -adavisdrums, Lincoln Park, New Jersey