Puerto Rico Day 3: Rio Camuy Caves

The Rio Camuy Caves are located just outside of Arecibo (https://www.uncommoncaribbean.com/puerto-rico/rio-camuy-caves/). It was about and hour and half drive for us from the Guaynabo. Once outside of the city the drive took us through lush green forests that look like a jungle. The houses are sparse and located precariously on the sides of cliffs and the tops of small mountains.

Once we arrived we were greeted by Caribbean music, ice cream stands, and a very friendly women named Amy who welcomed us all. We were all given hard hats, ear phones, a small radio, and of course we all had to have masks. If you are claustrophobic at all this is not the tour for you. Not to mention it was hot and humid. The hike down to the caves took us through a giant sinkhole and jungle foliage. It was beautiful. The only thing that could ruin something like that would be a tired 4 year old that is being forced to wear a hard hat, ear phones, a mask, and to walk in the sweltering heat. Needless to say I was soon carrying our disgruntled 4 year old down the long path to the caves. Nothing like being hot and sticky carrying another hot and sticky person.

We finally reached the caves after about a 20 minute walk and once inside it was all worth it. The entrance was impressive with foliage hanging down and stalagmites and stalactites there to great us. Walking through the entrance is like walking into another world. It feels like your walking back in time to a place where you are no longer at the top of the food chain. One of the best parts of the cave is that it constantly stays in the mid 60’s all day long. That in its self was worth its weight in gold.

Throughout the cave you are able to listen to facts about the system and the history of this particular cave. The Rio Camuy caves just recently opened back up after being completely flooded and damaged from hurricane Maria. We were lucky enough to be able to experience part of Puerto Rico that has been closed to the public for several years.

If you have the chance to visit Puerto Rico this is a must stop. It was a great time for all of us. Even the little one eventually lightened up and enjoyed the trip. On the ride home we stopped by a local super mercado and grabbed some Goya fruit drinks and some snacks. You can’t beat a bag of chicharrones for a road trip. These are pieces of fried pork fat. Sounds terrible but they are delicious. Needless to say we were all tired and happy. When we arrived home the pool was waiting and the grill was fired up. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

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