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Full-Day Tour of the Taíno Route in Puerto Rico

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Join this full-day trip to learn about the 5,000-year human history of Puerto Rico, a fascinating journey into the past. You are picked up at your San Juan hotel to drive in a comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle to the town of Arecibo to visit two ancient caves filled with petroglyphs and other evidence of early human history. Also visit the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park, and important archaeological site. Return to your hotel is included.
  • Full-day, small-group trip to learn about Puerto Rico’s early human history
  • Visit ancient caves filled with petroglyphs and an important archaeological site
  • Snacks are included, with lunch at your expense
  • San Juan hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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Snacks
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Driver/Professional art historian guide
Gratuities
Lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at any location in the Metro area.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • OPERATED BY Sojourn Puerto Rico

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This was a once in a lifetime experience and was worth every penny!" See review
  • "Climbing the caves was challenging for me but he made it all easy." See review

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Best Tour Ever!
Patricia
, Mar 2020
This was the best tour I have ever taken. I am an avid traveler; I've been to over a dozen different countries. This was by far the best tour I have ever taken. Javier is incredibly passionate, knowledge, and friendly. He has a vast knowledge of Taino history, Puerto Rican history and culture, Caribbean history, and of wildlife. Believe me you won't regret booking this tour. It was worth every penny and so much more.
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Great ending to our travel adventure
MyLinda_B
, Mar 2020
We really enjoyed our day long excursion with Javier. He is so passionate and knowledgeable about the Taino culture, but also so many other things related to archaeology, history and Puerto Rican culture. Javier was able to show us more things and give us more information than we would have gotten with the standard tours at the sites we visited. Additionally, because he was so knowledgeable, it was not unusual for other people to move in and want to listen to what he was telling us. Javier also brought us to 2 local restaurants in the course of the day that were excellent. Javier offers several other tours in Puerto Rico and we are definitely planning to take those the next time we are in Puerto Rico.
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Wow!
CarolE1136
, Oct 2019
Javier was AMAZING!!! We really enjoyed spending the entire day with him and learning about the Tainos! He is such a great conversationalist that me, my husband and Javier never ran out of things to talk about! Cueva Ventana was absolutely stunning! This was a once in a lifetime experience and was worth every penny! You won't regret it! Thanks, Javier! .
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Excellent Tour and Exceptional Tour Guide!
Dream29986
, Jun 2019
Javier is very knowledgeable about archeology and Puerto Rico’s history. Climbing the caves was challenging for me but he made it all easy. Highly recommended
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An Amazing Day
Joanna C
, Jun 2019
This is a fabulous introduction to pre-colonial island history. Javier is an excellent guide; so knowledgeable and generous! He picked us up at our airbnb, drove us around in a lovely SUV, fed us delicious food, and taught us much about the Taino people. We enjoyed his tour so much, we have already booked another!
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Seeing the history of this island...
Lianna P
, Mar 2018
Seeing the history of this island come alive with the expertise of the archeologist guide is like what I imagine seeing Vienna through the eyes of Mozart might be. This is a truly unique experience to see petroglyphs, symbolic carvings made by the Taino people over 500 years ago. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I made the mistake of forgetting to inform them ahead of time that I'm vegetarian since lunch is part of the trip, and Javier quickly adjusted the plan and took us to a wonderful local restaurant that had vegetarian options. I can't recommend this tour enough!
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From the moment Javier picked us up...
Robert O
, Aug 2017
From the moment Javier picked us up for this amazing day to the end of the day, our experience was awesome! Javier is friendly, informative, helpful, and fun! His knowledge of the Taino civilization added great commentary to what we were seeing. Without him, this experience would not have been as good. He answered many of our questions with helpful information to help us understand about the Tainos. On the cave portion of this trip, he helped show us more about the Tainos via petroglyphs, pictographs, etc found on the cave walls that the cave tour guide did not explain. Since it rained and the ground was a bit muddy and slippery, he was able to help us down some of the steps and other parts of the trail. We also learned about flora and fauna of where we were and even got to see a rarely seen snake and a huge spider in its web along the hike. Javier's knowledge of anthropology, archaeology, and history was super and made our trip a real learning treat. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in learning about the early history and civilizations of Puerto Rico. It's meant to both young and old as well!! What I can recommend is that you wear good walking shoes, especially if it's wet and possibly slippery. Even though I was wearing hiking sandals, this was not enough. I would recommend wearing sneakers with a good tread to help you along the way. Hiking boots are not needed! From my experience with Javier on this trip, I would recommend taking more of his trips as he is really great!
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First off Javier makes this...
Justin A
, Jul 2017
First off Javier makes this adventure amazing. His knowledge and his pure joy of talking about our island and native heritage kept me excited. The caves are beautiful. The ceremonial grounds are humbling. The experience was one of a kind. We even hooked a second tour in the forest. Do his tours.
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I was a bit worried when I booked...
Niping W
, Jul 2017
I was a bit worried when I booked this tour as there were no prior reviews. However, it turned out to be a five-star experience. Our guide Javier, who holds a master's degree in archeology, shared with us his extensive knowledge about the history, culture and mythology of Puerto Rico. Both my kids and myself have learned a lot from him. Javier is also a very kind and considerate person, and took good care of us. Finally, riding in the new and spacious Audi SUV and having delicious mofongo for lunch further enhance our experience.
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