Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy

#11 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Rico
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Km 18.9 Carretera 129

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Most travelers say the same thing about the Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy: Loved the caverns, didn't care so much for the tour. Too bad it's not possible to do a self-guided visit of this 268-acre park of underground caves.

When you arrive at the park you'll take a tram ride down to a 180-foot high cave filled with a variety of light-shy wildlife, including crabs, tarantulas and bats. You'll also spot plenty of stalactites and stalagmites and one of the largest subterranean rivers. Then walk through the more than 200 caverns is generally manageable, but it can be difficult in some parts. It could also be muddy and wet.

Patience is key to enjoying the park. Many travelers report tour delays en route to the cave, which can result in a long wait for a short time actually spent inside the cave. It's best to arrive early to avoid long wait times. 

There are a couple of tricks to making the most of your tour. One: There are often cave closures on rainy days, so check the forecast before planning your itinerary. Two: Tours are offered in English and Spanish, but the demand for an English tour guide is greater and normally involves a longer wait. If you understand Spanish, then opt for that language tour instead.

Located about 70 miles southwest of San Juan around the Arecibo area, the Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the caves cost $18 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 to 12. For information about transportation to and from the caves, visit the park's official website

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