Outside the South

Discover Cueva Ventana

Heading to Puerto Rico anytime soon? Then I highly recommend you add Cueva Ventana to your agenda.

Cueva Ventana translates into “Window Cave,” and one look at the photo above explains why! The Cueva Ventana caves are located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico about an hour and a half from San Juan. The trail leading to the caves is unassuming and located next to a gas station. At the top of the trail is a check-in desk to receive your helmet. Then you hit the trail to the caves.

As you meander through the cave, the tour guide points out interesting rock formations, plants, and points out some of the local inhabitants. The guides also discuss the history of the Taino Indians and the importance of these caves for that culture. You can even see some of the Taino petroglyphs.

The best is saved for last—the “Window Cave”! After strolling through caves, seeing bats, the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, you reach a fantastic view of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley.

This tour is absolutely worth getting a little muddy!

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