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hour and a half’s drive from San Juan will take you to the
largest underground cave system in the Western Hemisphere.
An hour and a half’s drive from San Juan will take you to the largest underground cave system in the Western Hemisphere. The Camuy River created the caves more than a million years ago. Taino paintings found inside show that members of the tribe, Puerto Rico’s original inhabitants, were familiar with the caves. The caves have been a popular destination for spelunkers since local kids first led professional cave explorers to the entrance in the 1950s. The Puerto Rico Land Administration opened the caves to tourists in 1987, and there has been a steady stream of visitors ever since.
Visitors to the Rio Camuy Cave Park ride open-air trolleys to the Cueva Clara entrance. Once there, a guide leads them through the 170-foot high cave. Light from the entrance allows them to see rock formations and stalactites that hang down like huge icicles. They are then led to view the Tres Pueblos Sinkhole, measuring 400 feet deep by 65 feet across. On the way out of the cave, visitors can see a section of the Camuy River flowing underground.
For the more adventurous, there is a tour of the Cathedral Cave. Visitors rappel down into the cave, where they can see Taino cave paintings, and hike out through the caves.
If you find yourself in Puerto Rico, take some time out from lying on the beach to see the magnificent Camuy Caves.