|Location:||Northwestern Puerto Rico, 2 hours west of San Juan, near Lares, on Route 129, km 9.8.|
All year Wed-Sun, Hol 8-17.
Last tour 15:50 or after daily capacity of 1,500 visitors is reached!
Adults USD 12, Children (2-12) USD 7, Seniors (65-74) USD 5, Seniors (75+) free.
Parking USD 3/4.
|Classification:||Karst cave, River cave|
|Address:||Parque Las Cavernas del Río Camuy, Administración de Terrenos, PO Box 3767, San Juan, Tel: +677-787-898-3100, Tel: +677-787-898-3136.|
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Parque Las Cavernas del Río Camuy (Río Camuy Cave Park) protects a karst area along Río Camuy, about 15km south of the northern coast of Puerto Rico. Río Camuy runs north and forms the border between the municipalities Camuy and Hatillo to the north and Lares and Utuado to the south. But close to where the borders of Lares, Utuado and Hatillo meet, the river reaches an area of limestone outcrop, which is heavily karstified, and vanishes underground. After less than four kilometers it reappears on the suface. Inbetween lies the cave system of Río Camuy which is said to be the worlds second or third longest river cave. So far 16 entrances to the system are known.
Some parts of the system were explored first by the Taino Indians, Puerto Rico's first inhabitants. Archaeologic evidence has been discovered. Later they were explored by cavers from the U.S.A.. A small part of this cave system was developed as a show cave by Russ Gurnee, author of the Gurnee Guide to Amerikan Show Caves, and John Ganter.
Actually this karst gem is famous under its general name Río Camuy. And logically the tour into the show cave is only a small part of the experience. There are two huge sinkholes, which were made accessible to tourists by wooden trails. The Tres Pueblos sinkhole is 130m deep and 215m in diameter.
Numerous caves in the area, like Cathedral Cave, Resurgencia Cave, Yuyú Cave, and Spiral Cave, are guided on spelunking tours by various tour operators.
The caves are home to an endemic species of cave fish which is totally blind.