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Cueva Ventana: A View Like No Other

Cueva Ventana

6/21- Cueva Ventana has reopened. New hours 7 days a week 10am-4pm. Make on reservation on line before going to make sure you can get a tour. 3pm is the last tour.

We like to discover and write about little-known places to visit and things to do here in Puerto Rico. Cueva Ventana was one of those places. Back when we originally wrote about the cave, there was not a lot of information available about it. Now, it is one of the more popular sites to visit in PR and is available only by tour! The view is fantastic!

Cueva Ventana translates into Window Cave, and one look at the photo explains why they call it that.

Cueva Ventana is located in Arecibo, close to the Arecibo/Utuado border, just off of Route 10. It is amazingly easy to get to . Actually, there are 2 caves here that one can enter — and they are right next to each other.

Our Tour

Cueva Ventana

We arrived about 30 mins before our schedule tour. You fill out the safety waiver and meet your guide/group. They offer tours in English, Spanish, and bi-lingual. They give you your helmet and you follow your guide, who tells you about the area and the cave and the things (flora and fuana) you see as you walk along the path to the caves. Our guide was very good at identifying the birds by their calls. The hike/walk to the mouths of the caves is about 10-15 minutes, partly up-hill and partly in full sun — so a bottle of water for everyone is important. When you get to the first cave, you walk down into it… your guide will show you the petroglyphs and you can hear the bats.It is a large cavern inside. It is open on both ends, and it is not so long, so you can see pretty well. Then you walk up and out of there and right into Cueva Ventana. As you walk down into this cave, they will give you a flashlight. This cave is dark!

All the way, the guide talks about the nature in the cave, how caves are formed, about the bats and all sorts of other cave related info. This cave has a bunch of very pretty formations — stalagmites and stalactites. It has a number of smaller caves, tunnels and hiding spots. It also has bats! The guide will try to find other cave dwelling creatures to discuss. But the goal is the window. We kept going through — and then we saw the light at the end. What a great view! Of course, they don’t want you near the edge, the dirt/stone floor is pretty slippery!. There is such a magnificent view of the green fields and river below. You can get some great photos. And you will see the golondrinos (swallow birds) flying in and out.

Cueva Ventana

Since both caves are open on both ends, they were the warmest and windiest caves I have ever been in. And they didn’t smell bad either (considering the number of bats living there)! I found this to be an easy place to go and see caves.

Stuff You Need to Know

Cueva Ventana

I think this adventure requires a moderate fitness level, due to the walk up and the slippery footings in the cave. The ground was dirt and relatively flat, but getting down into the caves was a bit tricky- you need to climb down slippery rocks. Wear closed toe shoes if possible. The owners also say it is for children 3 years and up, but I might wait until the kids are at least 5-6 years old. You are required to sign a liability release form. There is a snack bar.

Oh, and if you’re into geocaching — there is one inside Cueva Ventana!


The cave is open from 10am – 4:00pm 7 days a week. The last tour is at 3pm. You must make reservation for tours – book online. They may be able to fit you in if you don’t have appointment.Tours last 1.5 hrs.

They offer tours that include transportation from San Juan and Condado area hotels, for an extra fee. Call them (number below) for more info or to make those arrangements.

Admission to the cave is $19 per person plus tax and it includes a guided tour, use of a flashlight and helmet. Check their web page for discount coupons! Parking for the cave is free (go up the driveway to the left of the registration table). There are clean port-a-potties in the parking lot and bathrooms available on path. No children under 3 years old..

Visit the Cueva Ventana web site or Facebook page for more information.

You can call them at 787-322-3554 or contact them via email for more information and to book a tour.

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 West to Route 10 South (exit 75B). Take Route 10 to KM 75 (or km 58.7). There is a Puma gas station on the east side of the road. The office is right in that area. Nice and easy to find!

Travel time from Rio Grande on a Sunday morning was about 1½ hours.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ... assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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I am eternally grateful to for providing the information that allowed me to enjoy Cueva Ventana years ago in it's natural state. No guide, no rules, no cost, no group, and no certainty of how it would turn out. It truly felt like an adventure. And we would walk out as far out the window as we dared, feeling the nerves and excitement in our gut. I got to enjoy it twice. The first one was the truly exploratory adventure, and the second was to share it with family. Both, totally unrestricted. I've enjoyed a lot of special parts of Puerto Rico thanks to PR Day Trips.

Comment by Joshua Reyes on 15 Jun 2019

10/02/2018...We went today to Cueva Ventana. $19 is a theft for the tour. I would pay no more than $7 per person. You can barely go close to the “frame” to take a decent picture, and if you ask them to take’s better not. The guide was quite well informed about the surroundings, but I guess they have to, to make the tour at least worth the money. I know that people from Puerto Rico are proud of their land, but I wouldn’t recommend to go.

Comment by Marika Mirault on 02 Oct 2018

Oh no, this is awful! I went to CV with my husband 5 years ago. We LOVED that you just kind of had to know where it was, that we got to it by climbing under tree roots down a 10 foot cave wall, and that there was NO ONE but two local boys there. We just booked flights to PR with our children and this was top on my list to show them ... There is NO way we can justify $19 for each of our 6 children for a cheesy guided tour that doesn't let you anywhere near the window (which was always safe; there is another ledge below it). Horrible!

Comment by JHS on 04 Sep 2017

Should have read our article ahead of time! It has been like that for more than a year.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jan 2017

I was shocked to find they're now charging $20 per person, or $10 with proof of island residency, to go into the cave! I was even more greatly disappointed that the worker said they now don't open until 10am! (I was there by 7:30am, just like I've always been before the crowds start coming.) Considering a couple of years ago admission was only $5 for anyone, and 4 years ago it was possible to just show up and enter for free, I won't be coming back unless bringing first-time visitors with me!

Comment by Kevin Keller (José Kevo) on 10 Jan 2017

We enjoyed the view from the picture window cave but found it overall to be not worth anything near $19/person. Wouldn't recommend.

Comment by Sarah on 21 Sep 2015

I like cueva very nice tourist place.I want to go ther.

Comment by Md.Gias Uddin on 17 Sep 2015

It is a guided tour, so it is usually with a group. If you go alone, they will add you to other people that show up around the same time as you.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Sep 2015

Can you not do this trip solo? The official site mentions ticket prices and "Minimum 2 Persons."

Comment by Mike F on 15 Sep 2015

Cueva Ventana is not owned by the government in any way. It is a private project and the only cave tour certified in the Ecoturism Program in Puerto Rico. Many conservation and preservation practices are enforced and the 1 hr tour includes the participation of our native tainos, as well as the guided tour and New Restrooms. They view is unique and breathtaking. Open 7 days a week. You will love it.

Comment by froi oliveras on 14 Aug 2015

Thanks for your opinion. We have the new prices in the article (since March 2015). You get more than just a 30 min hike now. They include free parking, the safety equipment and a tour guide with info on the cave, flora/fauna, PR history etc. I still think it is a beautiful we give the info and people can decide what they think it is worth.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jul 2015

Price is now $19 per person plus %11 tax for those without PR ID. For our family of 4 it was way out of our price range for a 30 minute hike. Go to the caves at Camuy or Cuevo del Indio -- better deals for the price. We were also told by a PR resident that this shouldn't cost anything because Puerto Rico government owns it and the people profiting from it are just taking advantage of owning an access point. Time for the government to purchase the access point and preserve it for everyone because I think that $10 per person is probably pretty high for the average PR family. Most of your other recommendations were pretty good, but this one is not.

Comment by Lisa on 13 Jul 2015

Yes, they are not too far from the other. Always do Camuy Caves first as they have limited spaces available each day.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Jul 2015

Is it possible to do both this and Camuy caves in the same day? If so...which one do you think we should do first?

Comment by Ashley on 06 Jul 2015

We went a few weeks back and I still think it is worth a visit. We always pair it with something else in the area...usually Cueva del Indio.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Dec 2014

I visited when it was free, when it was $5 and now that it's $10. I've always recommended this to friends visiting the island. It's now officially off that list. It's simply not worth $10 per person. There's a tour guide dressed as a taino, for heaven's sake. The helmets are unnecessary. If they're truly worried about the bats they might try keeping the groups small and not giving every single person a flashlight. There are LOADS of visitors now. If you've NEVER been to a cave and you've got $10 to spare and you're already in the area, it might be worth it. If you're been to a cave before, you don't need to see this one. If you're adventurous, you'll be bored here with the tour guide watching your every step. If you're in San Juan, don't drive to Arecibo just for this. Oh, and you know how the article has two pictures of someone right at the mouth of the cave? The tour guides don't let you get to that spot anymore. They make visitors stay waaay back from the ledge.

Comment by Omar on 20 Dec 2014 From the Aventura Cueva Ventas Facebook page

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Jul 2014

Good luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jun 2014

Si alguien tiene el vídeo de un joven arrodillado frente a su novia entrgandole su anillo de compromiso en la cascada la mina en el yunque, el día 21 de junio 2014 por favor enviamelo a mi correo elec, es muy importante para mi, es mi hijo me dio el Cel para grabarlo yo cometí un error y no lo grave, cuando el lo quiso ver no tenia la grabación, me sentí horrible , si alguien de los que estaban ahí lo tiene por favor enviamlo se lo agradeceré mucho. Raquel.natal09@ gracias. If anyone has the video of a young man kneeling in front of his girlfriend giving her an engagement ring at the waterfall La Mina in El Yunque , on June 21, 2014 please send it to me my mail. It is very important to me - my son asked me to record it but I made a mistake and it was not recorded. , I felt horrible, if someone was there and has it, please send it to me, I would be very grateful: Raquel.natal09 @ thanks.

Comment by Raquel natal on 23 Jun 2014

We just went to the cave a couple days ago. I recommend getting there before 11am because massive buses yours and people from all over show up after 11am and the tour is then too crowded. It cost us $10 each you get a helmet and flash light and your guide that speaks Spanish and English. I have to say it was worth every penny. We got there at 10:30am our group went up at 11:15am and we finished at 1:30pm about 2 hours. When we were leaving massive groups followed and it looked too crowded. Enjoy!!

Comment by Alionis on 05 Jan 2014

I do not think they will allow it now. Everyone needs to have helmet. But you can contact them and ask:

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Nov 2013

We are thinking of doing this trip and carrying our 1.5 year old son in our hiking backpack. Does anyone know if this would be allowed or if there are any potential issues with carrying a young child in a backpack through the cave?

Comment by Niki on 03 Nov 2013

Thanks for the update!

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Oct 2013

Entrance fee is now 10 dollars and comes with a helmet and flashlight. It was really neat but make sure you're prepared for some climbing and slippery footing.

Comment by Matt on 05 Oct 2013

Went here with my mother in law, my 5 year old and my 11 year old in August... It was gorgeous!!! $5 to enter; free parking. The walk to the cave was not bad at all... they said 10-15 minutes and it pretty much was that. This was a spare of the moment thing. (We didn't plan on coming here, just saw it on the side of the road, never heard of it) So we were wearing sandles and dresses.. lol.. and it was fine :) We were just careful. :) The entrance into the cave was pretty steep (they had a rope that you could hold onto as you went down, sort of like a railing, but I think that was more useful climbing back up than it was going down) but if you take your time and make sure your footing is good, then you'll be fine. Even my 5 year old was able to do it with some help from her mommy of course ;) . Definately would be harder to do with a smaller child but possible. You definately NEED a flashlight! I used my flashlight App on my phone.... lol. (cuz again, this wasn't planned) Using JUST the light on ur phone screen, will not work!!! It is pitch black in there! You walk through for not even 2 minutes before you get to the "Window" and it is absoulutely breathe taking. We went right to the edge to take our pics :) OAN: When we went there was a man dressed in traditional Native American clothing. He basically was like their "unofficial" tour guide. He told us some history about the place and even helped my mother-in-law into the cave and to the window. He was super friendly, and carried around a conch shell (which he later stood on the rock near the "Window" and gave us a great pic of him blowing it loud !!! lol Great experience!!! Highly recommended!!!! :)

Comment by Kathy on 02 Sep 2013

free parking now!!!!

Comment by caveman on 23 Mar 2013

just re opened. new wood trails and benches along to rest. $5 bucks ok. soon free parking

Comment by caveman on 18 Feb 2013

planning a visit for late feb / early mar. hope it opens!

Comment by Shawn on 09 Feb 2013

still closed as of 2/1/13

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Feb 2013

We can hope!

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Feb 2013

Yes, please do. I wonder what sort of legal issues they are having. Hopefully they will be resolved. I thought it reopned already. Keep us updated. I hope it reopens soon.

Comment by Brian on 30 Jan 2013

Was ready to go tomorrow. Any news if its still closed?

Comment by Eduatdo on 30 Jan 2013

One of the administrators informed me that they are improving the entrance to the caves,not the insides and it shall reopen in about 2 weeks, also free parking is on the way.

Comment by caveman on 29 Jan 2013

It should be resolved in the next few months I would think. We will keep the post updated with the newest information.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Jan 2013

Closed? Oh no! Will it be open again by next January? One of the commentors said, they are building some ladders, steps, and trails. That might be why it's closed. If that's the case, it will probably re-open. That's too bad, I didn't get to see it last time, and I liked it 'cuz it was wild. Oh well. Hopefully they didn't modernize it too much, and hopefully they at least kept the rope near the back enterance. I wanted to climb down it.

Comment by Brian on 26 Jan 2013

Now cave is clean and ladders, steps and trails are being built. Best $3.00 spent ever. All legal also.

Comment by caveman puerto rico on 10 Jan 2013

Went to the caves today, Dec 20, 2012, and was a great short diversion to our day. Parking was easy, parked on side of PR10 in the grassy area maybe 30-40 ft from the Texaco entrance (to the right (south) if facing the station). Saw several small tour groups of 5-10 people there but no one charged us any $ for anything. On right side of the Texaco walk up the hill and take the wide dirt trail/road to the right (to left is a new looking dirt road that workers were busy installing a new chain link fence along). Maybe 5-7 min up the trail is a fork, take left fork, another 2-3 min will see the entrance on left with the tree roots, go past it and around the curve for another 5 min and you'll see the easier entrance with steps. Was a fabulous view from the cave mouth overlooking the lush green valley, well worth the total 40 min round trip.

Comment by dcrider on 20 Dec 2012

They are charging $3.00 plus sales tax. I checked them out and its the legal owners. They got people now cleanning the inside of tge caves and trails.

Comment by Diego on 10 Nov 2012

Thanks- we will add that to the article. I hope they use the money to help conserve the place and keep it clean.

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Nov 2012

Just went to the cave a few weeks ago, there are now people there charging $5 to go into the cave.

Comment by Vagabond3 on 08 Nov 2012

I don't know....the walk up to it is ok, but then the steps down into the cave are steep and slippery (not so much steps as stones and cut outs), the cave is large and dark and slippery and then there are no guard rails to stop an active kid from slipping out over the edge.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Aug 2012

Can a 4 year old do this trip?

Comment by Jo on 13 Aug 2012

I would say allow about 1 hour. The walk up to them is only about 10 mins and the caves are not huge and they are right next to each other.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 May 2012

Approximately how much time will it take to hike both caves? Thanks for your articles on PR.

Comment by on 07 May 2012

Thanks a lot! Great info!

Comment by Oliver W. on 11 Mar 2012

Thank you very much for this detail post especially with the direction on how to get to the actual caves themselves. We drove and got there at around 10am. When we started to go down to the large cave, we could hear that there was a school group inside the cave. I have to say that if they were not already there, I am not sure if we would have been brave enough to walk into the pitch-black cave in order to see the other side. However, the view was breath-taking. It made our day! When we were there in February 24th, the gas station did not charge us for parking there. It may have to do with whoever is working behind the cash register. After the cave, we went to Salitre for lunch, and that was fantastic. We had the best baked king red snapper. All around, it was a great day.

Comment by Dung on 03 Mar 2012

Thanks a lot for the information ;-) All my questions are answered now ;-)

Comment by Glorimar on 28 Jan 2012

I visited this cave with my husband and my mom. We loved it! The trail is really not that bad and the view at the end is worth the walk. Your website was amazingly helpfull. We would have never found this place or know which trail to follow had it not been for the detailed information provided here. Thanks, you guys are doing a great job!

Comment by Carola on 17 Jan 2012

The Texaco Station now charges for parking ($2) and for the restroom (50c).

Comment by DavidMGuest on 05 Dec 2011

This to me is the definition of an off-the-beaten-path excursion. Fun, unique, interesting, cool, and awe-inspiring are some words to describe it. Add to that a little excercise and sweat, the fact that it's free, and a possibly a little mud, and you've got yourself the perfect activity to fill up a morning or afternoon. Definitely don't forget to bring your camera, cause it's a great photo opportunity. I put the map into my head before we headed out, and it didn't serve me well. I thought once we headed up the trail we would run into a series of Y's, and you went right, right, left. I don't know what I did wrong, but suddenly we were headed back down, and had to backtrack and try something different. It made for some extra hiking, but we ended up finding it, nonetheless. Definitely well worth the effort. We got to enjoy it alone with a young couple from Germany. Like the above article mentions, definitely respect the paths and caves, and definitely keep it clean. That applies to anywhere you visit in Puerto Rico. Heck we actually picked up two potato chip bags we saw early on in the trail, and disposed of them properly.

Comment by Josh on 16 Aug 2011

I'm absolutely looking forward to visit this cave during my next trip to Puerto Rico. I would not have known about it if it weren't for this great website. It's hard to put into words how appreciative I am of the information on this site. Great, GREAT job.

Comment by Josh on 12 Apr 2011

Thanks for the kind words ... and for the additional info!

Comment by Ray on 31 Mar 2011

I, too, am very appreciative of the material contained within this website. I visited Cueva Ventana last week and had a blast. We arrived around 9:30 AM on a Saturday and saw many groups getting ready to hike up to the caves. We were able to outpace them and reach the cave with sufficient time to enjoy the vistas all by ourselves. After we finished exploring both caves, we set out to find the road that can be seen in the field below the cave. After a little searching, we were able to locate the caves up on the hills above route 123. There are two ways to reach 123 from Cueva Ventana. If you head south from the caves on route 10, you will need to drive a few miles through the entrance to the Bosque Estatal De Rio Abajo. There will be a sign on your left for a scenic viewpoint. Make a left turn onto route 621 and stay straight until you see a sign for 123. Turn left onto 123, following signs for PR - 123 (always left) until you reach a bridge over the Rio Grande de Arecibo. If you look up and to your left (westward) you will see people in a small opening in the rock face. This is Cueva Ventana from the other side! The other way to reach the view point is easier and requires you to drive north on route 10 from the caves until you reach a right turn around km 79. Stay right and you will find yourself on route 123. Head south on 123 until you get to the second bridge over the river. If you look up and to the right from the second bridge you will see the cave opening above.

Comment by Jason on 31 Mar 2011

I found your site when looking for directions to this very cave. Thanks, you provide an invaluble service to everyone who loves to go off the beaten path in PR. I took my sister and her son to Cueva Ventana when they were visiting and they loved it. My nephew even saw a snake! It made his day. Your directions are outstanding and I recommend this site to everyone with questions on what to do in PR.

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Comment by nadia on 07 Feb 2011

This a great, fairly easy excursion if you are in the area! I just got back from my first trip to the island and your website provided an incredible resource for many off-the-beaten path adventures, Gozalandia Falls, Juan Diego Falls, hidden Rincon beaches. I can't thank you enough for the wealth of reliable information. Your practical and down-to-earth accounts of your excursions were invaluable! Your entry for the Window Cave was not on the site before we made our trip. However, we stayed at a B&B, TJ's Ranch (highly recommended!), which was a few min from Lagos Dos Bocas in the mountains. They suggested to check out the Lake, as well as provided details on the hike to the Window Cave. The view from the cave was spectacular and made for a close day-trip from the B&B we stayed at.

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