So using my favorite little reference book, the Eyewitness Top 10 Puerto Rico Guide, we decided we wanted to check out the Rio Camuy Caves on day since it is the largest in the western hemisphere. It was generally on our way to the west coast, so it was the first stop on Wednesday morning. We took a little tram car down, down, down for about 5 minutes to get to the entrance to the caves.
The caves are massive- there’s no way to do justice with my camera, even the wide angle, to the size and awesomeness of the caves. Photographing in the dark also proved quite challenging. The walkways are easily to navigate, but wearing sneakers is recommended.
We were given a headset at the start of the tour (English or Spanish options) that explained various facts about the cave at selected points on the tour.
We arrived about an hour after they opened & still had to wait about an hour to go down, but the line got crazy long after we’d been waiting for a while. It was a neat experience, but I certainly wouldn’t wait 2+ hours to do a 1 hour tour as there was traffic backed up at the ticket office, the parking lot, and off the main road.
Only a small portion of the cave is open to the public, but we walked from one (east?) entrance to the other end. The Camuy River still runs below the caves & they can get flooded during heavy rains.
We spent most of our time in Clara Cave, checking out the incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations that have been created by the limestone over tens of thousands of years.
A very cool tour & we are glad we went- never been to anything like it before, but we were so happy we’d arrived early.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: There’s a really big storm headed towards Houston today & I love a great thunder and lightening show.