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Full-Day Tour of the Taíno Route in Puerto Rico

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    Your tour starts at 8am with pickup from your hotel. From there, you'll travel ~45 minutes on Highway 22 towards the town of Arecibo, and then down the coast another 10 minutes to Cueva del Indio. A short hike leads to the beach where you can see some of the magnificent cliff formations of the coast. It's here on these formations that you'll find the opening into the cave. This cave was formed underwater millions of years ago and used by the indigenous cultures of the island as a special ceremonial spot. Here they carved hundreds of different petroglyphs on the walls of the cave. Your guide, who has a master´s degree in archaeology, will guide you through the cave and teach you about the culture, art and religion of the Taínos. You'll be able to explore for about 40 minutes before leaving to your next location.

    It's time to head south on Highway 10 towards Cueva Ventana, which is located in the Karstic mountain region of Arecibo. The ride from the coast is a short 20 min, where you'll arrive at the cave and hike through the forest for another 20 minutes. During the hike, you and your guide will talk about the fauna and flora of the forest and the geological properties of the area that create all the hundreds of caves that are dispersed throughout the Karstic mountain region. You then arrive at the first of three caves where you can appreciate the petroglyphs that the indigenous people of the island carved more than five hundred years ago. These caves were used for many purposes, but the main one was ceremonial: the Taíno culture believed that the world and all life in it came from a cave. This part of the experience ends when you arrive at the famous Cueva Ventana and it´s marvelous window view of the Arecibo river valley.

    For the next and final leg of the tour, you'll keep heading south on Highway 10 towards Utuado and the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park. First, it'll be time for a stop for lunch in a local restaurant called La Familia that specializes in mofongo (mashed fried plantains with oil, garlic, and spices). After lunch, it's a short ride to the park. Once there, you'll visit the small museum and talk about the importance of the park and how it was discovered. Finally you will head out into the archaeological site to see the the rectangular "bateyes", or plazas, that were used to play the rubber ball game called batú or for other kinds of public ceremonies such as the Areyto.

    After your visit to the park, it's time to head back to the San Juan metropolitan area and your hotel. The ride back is about 1.25 hours and you should arrive no later than 5pm.
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    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    My wife and I booked the Taino tour to learn about the island's history and its indigenous population. Javier, our guide/driver is a phenomenal tour guide, a full-fledged archaeologist, and a super nice guy. He was so knowledgeable and eager to impart his love for...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank RickL1306
    Reviewed 19 May 2019

    This tour was fantastic! I wanted to learn more about the pre-colonial history of Puerto Rico, specifically the Taino history and culture and I was excited to find this opportunity to learn directly from a real archeologist. This tour surpassed my expectations. Javier is amazing....More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank yvonnetravels85
    Reviewed 7 February 2019

    This tour was absolutely great from beginning to end! Francisco Javier was knowledgable, candid, and great to talk to throughout the tour. He's not only well-read and educated on the subjects, but also has a long family history on the island. Wonderful to get the...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    1  Thank Trish G
    Reviewed 29 January 2019

    I booked 2 private tours with Sojourn to explore Puerto Rico's rich history. Francisco Javier is an excellent guide who provided valuable insight into historical and modern day Puerto Rican culture.

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank MMAAAY1S
    Reviewed 29 July 2018

    I found out about this tour through the other reviews on trip advisor. All of the feedback about Sojourn was positive and I was sold when I found out that Javier (the tour guide) is an archaeologist. I spoke with Javier multiple times prior to...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    1  Thank Terhon M
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    20 June 2019|
    Response from Trish G | Reviewed this property |
    If you email them, I am sure the tour guide will allow you to join a group of others if there are others booked that day. He was very accommodating as a group of 2 joined our group of 2 for the day.
    6 May 2019|
    Response from Trish G | Reviewed this property |
    The cost advertised is per person, not per group. This was a wonderful full day exploring parts of Puerto Rico we would not have seen. So worth it!
    11 January 2019|
    Response from Trish G | Reviewed this property |
    The tour guide seemed very accommodating and he met other members of our group at one of the locations.
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