Ascent of Jamanota on 2011-02-07

Climber: Marcin Radwan

Others in Party:Malgorzata Radwan
Date:Monday, February 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
    Elevation:617 ft / 188 m

Ascent Trip Report

I usually try to avoid the drive in options but this time it was actually the best one. As it was trully amazing experience I will write some more words about our trip. We arranged a half day tour with Madi who is almost an Aruban institution. Mother of six and grandmother of seven she is full of vital thouths anf funny ideas. She took us with her 30 years old Willys to the Natural Pool which is one of the best Aruban sights. Then we asked her whether we could go to the Jamanota. As it appeared the road to the Park was closed due to this year's rainfalls and landslides. We tried however and we were able to reach the Cerro Jamanota but I would not recommend it with a rented car. Should someone decide to do it on his own - below I post some directions. Driving from Oranjestad (Aruba's capitol) you should pass the airport in direction St. Nicolaus. Then at the first traffic lights (approx. 4 km from airport) you turn left to Santa Cruz. In SC you turn right at the first crossroad 50 meters after the gas station and McDonald. Then you should follow the Ariki National Park marks but the road gets more and more difficult and muddy. You would recognise the Jamanota as the highest peak with telecommunication instalations on the top. Good luck.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Santa Cruz  
Descent Statistics

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