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Review of La Cueva del Indio

La Cueva del Indio
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Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Arecibo
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This cave on the water along the rugged coast in Arecibo contains a number of Taino petroglyphs. The views of the north coast are amazing.
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Finding the actual entrance is a bit tricky. There are no natural landmarks to guide you to the parking. There is only a homemade sign detailing the Parking, the fee, and a disclaimer statement. The residence charges only a a dollar or so to park your vehicle and 50 cents per person, simply because the safest route into the caves lies on their property. The price is still worth it. They even offer a simple guide, we did not execute this option; we simply paid the money received an introductory story, once that was over, the magic began. The caves are carved into the a cliff wall overlooking the Atlantic Ocean some 80 or so feet into the sky. The view from these cliffs is something straight out of Hollywood. The winds swept through the landscape and introduced the natural aroma of the sea. The entrance to the cave itself was daunting. a 20 foot descent down a 'not-so-sturdy' ladder, yet it was still worth it. Seeing carvings that predate the arrival of Columbus and the various bats and crabs that call this cave home was spectacular. There's a water current inside the cave that brings a cooling sensation to the air and a welcoming sound of liberation once inside. I spent half my time inside the cave, with no one else venturing down to accompany me. The feeling you get once inside the cave should be experienced by all who travel to this side of the island. Go experience it.

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Our tour guide was the best. A young kid on his 20s with the best stories ever. The place was breathtaking. I wasn't brave enough to go down the stairs but now I regret not doing it. Although it looked pretty scary :)

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This was such a pleasant surprise for us! We went here on a weekday afternoon and there were no other tourists around. We were able to enjoy the breath taking view of the ocean against the impressive rock formation backdrop. Words cannot do justice, you have to visit this place. Load up your cameras for this and enjoy nature at it's finest!

1  Thank Payal M
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

You've got to do this trip! Easy afternoon activity from San Juan. These are some awesome historic caves with quite the story. It seems kind of weird pulling in as the parking area is just some guy's house, but give him a couple bucks to park, and a free tour (with a tip), and enjoy the stories and views. Many movies took shots here, and it makes sense. Amazing ocean views with beautiful cliff faces and sculpturing. Cool historical petroglyphs too. Get the tour because there's no signage so you'll see everything, but wont know what you're looking at, but I'd say ask if you can still walk around some after, or just make sure to pace your tour guide (who are just the home owners). They are very nice and will gladly slow down if you want to. They also have some limited lodging available. I didn't know about this, but when I left he said they have some cabins you could stay in. I'm sure they're very basic, but it's an option I guess. Didn't spend much time in Arecibo other than for the caves, so not sure if it's worth risking it, but if you wanted to stay while traveling around the country side, maybe worth looking into. Also, they said going shortly after noon is the best lighting, so keep that in mind. They also do some casual rock climbing if you're interested in setting that up with them. Overall, these guys are very easy going and it's a trip well worth the views! Ask for Peter or Richie.

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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Don't miss this. The cave is very interesting and the scenery is spectacular. Wear good shoes, and take the guided tour. Peter was a good guide. You will be walking on rough lava rocks near cliffs. There are many good photo ops here.

The directions are pretty good but I thought maybe we missed it and stopped at a gas station. It was a hundred yards further on. You will see a rocky point when driving along the coast and that is where it is. Parking and admission is inexpensive. The empanadas are pretty good too.

GPS coordinates are N 18.29.464, W 66.38 .448

7  Thank Raroach
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