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Window Cave (Cueva Ventana) Tours

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Window Cave (Cueva Ventana)
Most caves aren’t the types of places that also come with a view; by their very nature, caves are dark, musty holes full of rocks, stalactites and bats. But at Window Cave (Cueva Ventana), about an hour outside of San Juan, the dark cave opens to up to Puerto Rico’s best view.

Ensconced in cliffs towering high above the Rio Grande Arecibo, Cueva Ventana is where subterranean suddenly meets surreal. Though there was once a time when it was free to visit, the area today is privately administered to protect against damage and decay. The downside, of course, is the added cost, but the upside is the fact that the ticket price now includes a local guide. Here you’ll hear history of native Taino who left their marks on the cave, and be presented with flashlights for navigating the depths of the dark, guano-filled room.

Scrambling down rocks, tree roots and mud while weaving through dripping stalactites, the adventure is backed by a soundtrack of bats all squeaking in unison above. Thankfully the cave—since it’s open on both ends—doesn’t have much of a smell, and right when the enveloping darkness begins to feel a bit claustrophobic, light filters through the massive window to reveal a framed, panoramic view of the Arecibo Valley below.

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Cueva Ventana is open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm, and from 8:30am-6:30pm on weekends. Travelers can access the site from the trail near Puma gas station, next to PR-10 on kilometer 75. Entry to the cave, which is located on private land, costs $20 per person. Early mornings are the best time to visit, while those who come on weekends should expect crowds. Evening tours are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Address: Hato Viejo, Arecibo 00612, Puerto Rico
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm
Admission: $20
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Cueva Ventana and Indian Cave Combo Tour from San Juan

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Cueva Ventana and Indian Cave Combo Tour from San Juan

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Discover two of Puerto Rico’s most famous caves, Cueva Ventana (Window Cave) and the Indian Cave, during this full-day trip among the limestone ‘karst’ formations of the island’s north coast. Begin your day at Cueva Ventana, exploring the cave’s interior before reaching its beautiful ‘window’ opening with gorgeous views of the valley below. Then travel to the oceanfront Indian Cave, a beautiful location used in a number of films, to admire the beautiful setting and ancient Indian carvings that adorn its walls. Your cave-themed trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, helmet and flashlight, water, admission fees, and a guide.
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Explore Puerto Rico's caves and learn about its unique island geology on this full-day guided tour from San Juan. Listen to guided commentary on the native Taino Indians and see some of their petroglyphs in Cueva del Indio. Get views of Rio Grande de Arecibo from Cueva Ventana and stop for a typical Puerto Rican lunch at a beachside restaurant.
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Window Cave (Cueva Ventana) hours of operation: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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