Important Notice: Due to the damages caused by hurricane Maria (2017) the Camuy Caves will remain closed until further notice. We have temporarily substituted this portion of the tour with a visit to Cueva Ventana, located also in this zone.
Explore two of the most popular attractions in Arecibo, located on the North of Puerto Rico.
Head on a fun journey suitable for the entire family to Cueva Ventana, and finish the walk with a must see breath-taking view of the valley. Then visit the world's largest single dish radio telescope, a 20 acre dish used to observe the universe, exploring a range of natural attractions and scientific exhibits on site.
Your trip includes entrance fees, bottled water and roundtrip hotel transportation from your San Juan location.
After pickup from your hotel we will embark on a drive towards the Northern Karst zone of Puerto Rico.
Put on your helmet, grab your flash light (provided on tour) and head to Cueva Ventana. Window cave, as it is also known, is a series of caves located on top of a limestone cliff that leads to a panoramic, jaw-dropping view of the Rio Grande de Arecibo Valley. Originally a spot discovered and visited by locals, now accessible to everyone since 2012. During this moderate walk you will learn about its fauna, stalagmite and stalactite formations, and much more! The visit cannot end without the fabulous picture opportunities this natural cave opening offers.
After exploring Cueva Ventana, we'll go to the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory. Built in 1963, it is a very important part of investigations of inter-spatial communications in the US. Nestled in the mountains, the observatory is home to the world's largest single dish radar/radio telescope. Scientists from around the world make use of the giant 1,000 foot-diameter dish to listen to the universe. Once we get to the observatory, we'll walk up a fairly steep hill to get to the observatory itself. The walkway is a combination of steps and an inclined sidewalk, but the observatory offers a free ride to the entrance for elderly & handicapped guests. You will have views of the huge telescope from an observation platform, where its austere metallic symmetry shimmers in dramatic contrast to the dense, green, tropical landscape. You will also have an opportunity to see more than 25 various exhibits and see the dish!
Note: All tours leave from San Juan. To account for transportation, guests should allow up to 9 hours for the entire experience.