Around Arecibo

Around Arecibo
Christine Emmanuelli

From the mountains to the beach.

First we start at the Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy: This 268-acre park contains an enormous cave network and the third-longest underground river in the world. A tram takes you down a trail shaded by bamboo and banana trees to Cueva Clara, where the stalactites and stalagmites turn the entrance into a toothy grin. Hour-long guided tours in English and Spanish lead you on foot through the 180-foot-high cave, which is teeming with wildlife. You're likely to find blue-eyed river crabs and long-legged tarantulas. More elusive are the more than 100,000 bats that make their home in the cave. They don't come out until dark, but you can feel the heat they generate at the cave's entrance. Tours are first-come, first-served; plan to arrive early on weekends, when local families join the crowds.

Second The Arecibo Observatory: Hidden among pine-covered hills is the world's largest radar-radio telescope. Operated by the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center of Cornell University, the 20-acre dish lies in a 563-foot-deep sinkhole in the karst landscape. If the 600-ton platform hovering eerily over the dish looks familiar, it may be because it can be glimpsed in scenes from the movie Contact. (And, yes, the dish has been used to search for extraterrestrial life.)

Third The Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park: a cultural theme park located in the surrounding area of the Arecibo Lighthouse. It has an innovative and unique concept that includes among other things five cultural representations of the Puerto Rico's history, which transports all of our visitors through historical and cultural events from the Spanish Conquest of 1493 to the 1898 when this lighthouse was built and the Spanish-American war occurred.

In the restored lighthouse you will find original marine artifacts, and from the roof a breathtaking view of the Arecibo Town and the Atlantic Ocean, and if are lucky, whale watching while in season.

Tour details

  • 95.00 per Day
  • Available Weekends
  • Duration: 1 Day(s)
  • From 3 to 5 people
  • Starts at P.O. Box 142052 Arecibo, PR 00614

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
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