Welcome to Arecibo

The major attraction outside of town, the colossal Birth of the New World monument, represents the explorer Christopher Columbus sailing for the Americas: it is one of the planet's tallest statues, around which a major adventure park is being planned. South of Arecibo rises a tract of forested karst country concealing more spectacular sights, including the world's largest radio telescope, the Observatorio de Arecibo.

Just west of Arecibo at Hatillo, the popular Hatillo Mask Festival in late December is one of Puerto Rico’s most symbolic ceremonies.

Top experiences in Arecibo

Arecibo activities

$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Cueva Ventana and Arecibo Observatory from San Juan

This tour takes you from San Juan to Northwestern Puerto Rico,The Cueva Ventana is a unique ecologically oriented experience. The Cave Guide will provide Helmets and  Headlights .You will start with a 20 minute hike to the entrance of the Cave while your Guide introduces you to the pre Columian Taino Culture.At the end of the Cave is this amazing opening with a breathtaking view of the Valley.You'll enjoy a safe, guided tour of the marvels.  Be sure to wear comfortable, non-slippery shoes! This tour also takes you to where you'll see the largest radar/radio telescope. Operated by Cornell University, the telescope probes the ionosphere, examines planets and monitors natural radio emissions from distant galaxies, pulsars and quasars.The Cueva Ventana better know in english as the Window Cave is a live Cave with our resident bat population and non poisonous giant spider very typical for this Cave. You will see the geological formations of Karst Cave and discover the Taino Culture Petroglyphs and stone engravings.The Arecibo Observatory is nestled in the mountains of northern Puerto Rico, about 30 minutes from Arecibo and is the world's largest radar/radio telescope. Here, scientists from all over the world use a giant 1000 foot (305 meter) diameter dish to listen to the universe. You may view the huge telescope from an observation platform, where its austere metallic symmetry shimmers in dramatic contrast with the dense, green, tropical landscape.Please note that this tour does include lunch or entrance fees at the attractions.

$111.25 Day Trips & Excursions

San Juan to Arecibo Observatory, Cueva del Indio Full-Day Tour

After pickup from the San Juan area, you'll head west to the town of Arecibo and have a guided tour at the biggest radio telescope (observatory) on earth.  Watch a documentary of how everything started and enjoy learning about all that goes on outside of this planet. Next, enjoy lunch with Puerto Rico's endemic food right where the locals eat (lunch not included in tour price). After lunch, the tour continues to a sea cave called Cueva del Indio, with spectacular views and an opportunity to see first hand where the Taino Indians used to spend their time at Cueva del Indio drawing on rocks which are called petroglyphs. The last stop on this full-day tour is a black, magnetic, sand beach! After breath taking pictures it's time to go back to your San Juan hotel.

$179.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Perfect Getaway with Snorkeling

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pr4less Tours Adventure, San Juan, Puerto RicoAfter we pick you up, we will go to the natural reserve La cueva del Indio, a many activities done at this location. Next will be enjoy gourmet coffee.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: La Cueva del Indio, Arecibo, Puerto RicoHere we will hike. This place is so magical, that one pics, will not describe. From February to end of April, we can spot whales (not guarantee) and much moreDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Gozalandia Waterfall, San Sebastian, Puerto RicoHere you have the option to learn how to make organic mojito, enjoy two waterfall (2) swimming, cliff jump, swings rope. And much more...Duration: 3 hours

$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Arecibo Caving, Hiking, Body Rafting in Private Nature Reserve

Hike down an Indian trail through the jungle while listening to birds as well as exploring the homeland of the Taino Indians through fascinating stories about their life and culture. The professional nature interpreters’ contagious enthusiasm will lead your discovery of the wildlife. You will explore a spectacular river cave and discover the magical underground wonders. Enjoy body rafting™, a unique sport created by EXPLORA where you ride friendly and clear currents, floating downstream while wearing life jacket and helmets. The remarkable exploration through an off-the-beaten-path scenery takes place under the safe and friendly guidance of fully bilingual, certified nature interpreters who share their enormous passion for the ecosystems through a hands-on learning experience about the amazing geology of the area, the ancient Atlantic Ocean’s floor.

$165 Kid Friendly

Window Cave and Indian Cave Combo Hiking Tour from San Juan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: La Cueva del Indio, Arecibo, Puerto RicoWith an ocean front location the Indian Cave (Cueva del Indio) will show you a truly beautiful and unique natural cave. Once inside the cave you will have the opportunity to view many Indian carvings that adorn the walls and will transport you to a time when they roamed the Island. Climb thru the rocks and you will reach the top where you will enjoy the magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean. This cave and surrounding areas have been featured in many movies including "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Perfect Getaway". Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Aventura Cueva Ventana, Arecibo, Puerto RicoCueva Ventana also known as the "Window Cave", will surprise you with its breathtaking beauty! This cave is situated atop a limestone cliff and overlooks the Rio Grande de Arecibo valley. You will be provided with a helmet and a flashlight for exploring the caves. Your guide will take you on a short walk and will point our the stalagmite and stalactite formations that you will pass through. After this short walk you will come upon "The Window", which is an opening in the cave which provides breathtaking views of the valley below. The view from "The Window" will leave you speechless and is a must-stop for pictures!Duration: 2 hours

$175 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Tour of the Taíno Route in Puerto Rico

Your tour starts at 8am with pickup from your hotel. From there, you'll travel ~45 minutes on Highway 22 towards the town of Arecibo, and then down the coast another 10 minutes to Cueva del Indio. A short hike leads to the beach where you can see some of the magnificent cliff formations of the coast. It's here on these formations that you'll find the opening into the cave. This cave was formed underwater millions of years ago and used by the indigenous cultures of the island as a special ceremonial spot. Here they carved hundreds of different petroglyphs on the walls of the cave. Your guide, who has a master´s degree in archaeology, will guide you through the cave and teach you about the culture, art and religion of the Taínos. You'll be able to explore for about 40 minutes before leaving to your next location.It's time to head south on Highway 10 towards Cueva Ventana, which is located in the Karstic mountain region of Arecibo. The ride from the coast is a short 20 min, where you'll arrive at the cave and hike through the forest for another 20 minutes. During the hike, you and your guide will talk about the fauna and flora of the forest and the geological properties of the area that create all the hundreds of caves that are dispersed throughout the Karstic mountain region. You then arrive at the first of three caves where you can appreciate the petroglyphs that the indigenous people of the island carved more than five hundred years ago. These caves were used for many purposes, but the main one was ceremonial: the Taíno culture believed that the world and all life in it came from a cave. This part of the experience ends when you arrive at the famous Cueva Ventana and it´s marvelous window view of the Arecibo river valley.For the next and final leg of the tour, you'll keep heading south on Highway 10 towards Utuado and the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park. First, it'll be time for a stop for lunch in a local restaurant called La Familia that specializes in mofongo (mashed fried plantains with oil, garlic, and spices). After lunch, it's a short ride to the park. Once there, you'll visit the small museum and talk about the importance of the park and how it was discovered. Finally you will head out into the archaeological site to see the the rectangular "bateyes", or plazas, that were used to play the rubber ball game called batú or for other kinds of public ceremonies such as the Areyto. After your visit to the park, it's time to head back to the San Juan metropolitan area and your hotel. The ride back is about 1.25 hours and you should arrive no later than 5pm.