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Cueva Ventana

One of the most beautiful hikes in Puerto Rico

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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.

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