Caves of Camuy and Arecibo Observatory
Transportation will pick you up at the Villa. We encourage that you bring comfortable athletic shoes, a bathing suit (if planning to swim in the river), a towel, and a water bottle.
This cave is the third largest underground cave system in the world, Rio Camuy runs through it. It is hard to capture the pure beauty of the magnificent natural wonder, Camuy River Cave Park is consistently ranked among the top ten attractions when visiting Puerto Rico.
The cave system was discovered in 1958 and was first documented in the 1973 book Discovery At The Río Camuy by Russell and Jeanne Gurnee, but there is archaeological evidence that these caves were explored hundreds of years ago by the Taino Indians, Puerto Rico’s first inhabitants. Over 10 miles of caverns, 220 caves and 17 entrances to the Camuy cave system have been mapped so far. This, however, is only a fraction of the entire system which many experts believe still holds another 800 caves. Only a small part of the complex is open to the public. The 268-acre park built around the cave system features tours of some of the caves and sinkholes, and is one of the most popular natural attractions in Puerto Rico.
Your tour begins with a fun trolley ride down the steep rolling mountainside that children will love. The adventure begins as the trolley zig zags down the mountainside, deep down to the cave entrance where the amazement of the cavern awaits. You’ll wish the ride took longer…the temperature gets cooler as you drop down into the nest of the mountain covered with lush greens that glisten to the rays of the sun.
There are a few steps before heading through the tunnel that leads to the entrance of the cavern. The rest of the way you’ll be walking on concrete walkways with side rails. Please read the suggestions below for tips on recommended attire and care when touring the cavern.
You’ll enter through Cueva Clara, you’ll walk through diverse tunnels, some reach as high as 170 feet and span as wide as 200 feet. Depending on the time of day, heavenly sun rays come through the window pictured below. As you go deeper into the cavern you’ll be wowed by the size and magnitude of this place. Again, photos can’t really capture the splendor of the cavern, you have to be here to experience it.
Excursions available Wednesdays – Sundays: 8am – 5pm. Last tour is around 3:30 so get there by 3:00 to be sure you are able to join an excursion group.
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