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

North Coast of Puerto Rico from San Juan: Arecibo Observatory and Cueva del Indio

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

After your complimentary hotel pickup, meet everyone in the group to create a positive group dynamic for the entire tour. First, visit La Cueva del Indio in Arecibo, which includes a guided tour around the cave and the amazing natural reserve. Your guide certified in Taino history will explain to you why this area was so important to the native Tainos tribe. Continue the tour by visiting some fruits stands were you will taste some of the local tropical fruits. Then hike a moderate 2-mile hike where to visit Gozalandia, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Puerto Rico. See a variety of different tropical plants and learn about their uses. Also take a dip in the natural springs (two waterfalls). Next, take a break to enjoy lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, the tour will continue to the Crashboat in Aguadilla, a natural habitat for manatees and a variety of tropical fish. Enjoy some leisurely snorkeling. On the beach the group will relax and take in the beautiful sunset views which culminate the tour. Finally, your guide will take the group back to San Juan.

$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 Day Trips & Excursions

Window Cave and Indian Cave Combo Hiking Tour from San Juan

Experience this full-day adventure visiting two of Puerto Rico's most well-known caves: Cueva Ventana & The Indian Cave!On this adventure, we'll be heading to northern Karst Country of Puerto Rico. You will leave the sprawling suburbs of San Juan behind to the refreshingly rural areas of northern Puerto Rico, a region of untouched nature reserves and dozing cattle. This area is sparsely populated and punctured by caves and spectacular beaches for you to explore!After pickup from your San Juan hotel, you will head to Arecibo where the first stop will be at Cueva Ventana also known as the "Window Cave", which 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!Depending on the pace of the group, lunch will be right after Cueva Ventana or after The Indian Cave. Lunch is an additional cost.The second stop of the day will be at the Indian Cave, which is another spectacular cave of Puerto Rico. With an ocean front location it is truly a beautiful natural cave. In the cave you can view many Indian carvings that adorn the walls and transport you to a time when Taino Indians roamed the Island. This cave and surrounding areas has been featured in many movies such as "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Perfect Getaway". If you are feeling adventurous, there is a 50 foot cliff that you can jump off into the clear warm Atlantic Ocean.Once you have taken in everything that the Indian Cave has to offer you will be transported back to San Juan and dropped off at your hotel.

$150 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.