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Cueva Ventana in Puerto Rico

One of the most beautiful hikes in Puerto Rico

Best time: all year round

Cueva Ventana

Cueva Ventana or Window Cave is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Puerto Rico and arguably the best scenic outlook on the island. The opening on the side of the mountain grants a view of the lush green valley, beautiful mountains, and the Río Grande de Arecibo. It's even possible to see the highest peak of Puerto Rico, Cerro Punta.

Cueva Ventana is located in Arecibo, about 75 minutes drive from San Juan. The hike itself is pretty exciting too, as you have to navigate on a muddy path through the cave, with impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and bats all around you. Some areas are so dark that it's impossible to navigate them without a flashlight. You'll see pre-Columbian petroglyphs and stone engravings made by Taino people, depicting gods, deities, humans, animals, or elements of nature.

The cave features tunnels, smaller caves, and ancient tree roots hanging from the ceiling. It's open from 10 am to 4 pm daily. The entrance fee is $19 per person. Children under five are not allowed on this tour. For those who prefer not to go down into a cave, there is an above-ground path leading directly to Cueva Ventana.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Cueva Ventana?

To have a more comfortable hike, the best time to visit Cueva Ventana in Puerto Rico is during the drier season that falls from December to April. This weather boasts of sunny, warm and less humid conditions. Conversely, from May to November, it is rainy season, the path to the cave can be muddy and slippery, and there may be an increased risk of flash floods and thunderstorms. Show more

Where can I rent a flashlight for the cave tour?

A flashlight isn't necessary for a Cueva Ventana tour as tour operators provide them. The tour guide will give you a helmet with a light attached for convenient, hands-free navigation. The cave can be incredibly dark in some areas, so visitors must remain close to the guide and desist from wandering off track. Additionally, the tour might not be suitable for individuals with mobility issues. Show more

What should I wear and bring for the hike?

Attire for visiting Cueva Ventana should lean toward comfortable and light clothing like t-shirts, shorts, and hiking shoes that have excellent traction. Be sure to carry a change of clothes and shoes since the terrain can be muddy and slippery. In addition, temperatures inside the cave can be cooler, so a light jacket or sweater should suffice. Visitors should bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a camera or smartphone for the incredible views. Show more

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Cueva Ventana?

No cafes or restaurants are present near Cueva Ventana, so it's advisable to bring your snacks and drinks for the hike. Normally, the tour guide offers a short break that visitors can use for picnicking after the cave tour. However, discerning tourists looking for food options can explore the several traditional Puerto Rican food restaurants in the nearby Arecibo town, only 15 minutes away by car. Show more

What is the history behind the Taino engravings in the cave?

Cueva Ventana boasts Taino engravings estimated to be between 500 and 1000 years old, harking back to pre-Columbian times when the island was inhabited by the Taino people. The people considered caves as gateways to the underground world of spirits and thus used them for religious ceremonies. They fashioned the engravings using sharp stones and tools, depicting gods, humans, animals, nature elements, and deities. Show more

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