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The Cueva del Indio is just another location in the top listing of must-see places on the island. The cave inside of a huge rock directly at the ocean near Arecibo, gives the impression to be at a movie set of Indiana Jones.
Located near of the beach, you have to walk up to the entrance of the cave across exposed limestone which is sharp and you can cut yourself bad if you slip and fall, so make sure you wear the right shoes. This is also necessary because to get into the cave, you will need to climb down a wooden ladder. This being said, we also need to add, that if you suffer from vertigo this cave is not an option for you because the latter is the only entrance. However, you can see the cave and some of the carvings from multiple openings above the cave - with caution.
The Taino Indians probably held tribal meetings at this locations centuries before the arrival of the Spanish invaders in 1493. Some say the petroglyphs have been made during ceremonial activities, but the truth is that we can't know any of this for sure. What we do know however is, that those carvings have have survived the rough weather and water at the coast and are still there for us to enjoy and to feel the special atmosphere of being able to visit such a mystical place.
Unfortunately there are always some ignorant and uneducated people, for which reason the cave is suffering from vandalism, but it is pretty obvious which carvings are “original” and which ones are vandalism. This cave seem to contain the largest number of petroglyphs found along the coastal zone and in 1992, the Planning Board of Puerto Rico designated Cueva del Indio as a Natural Reserve. Since then, the cave is managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER).
If you are planning a trip to the Cueva del Indio, you should consider to plan a trip to the Cueva Ventana
at the same day as well, which is one of the most amazing places you will ever see.