From San Juan: Private Tour of the Taíno Route

From San Juan: Private Tour of the Taíno Route

From $450 per group up to 4

Explore the indigenous past of the island with an Archaeologist as your guide. Visit the most important stops in the Taíno Route including the most important caves and the sites of Caguana Park.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 8 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick up at any hotel in the San Juan Metropolitan area with return to hotel. Also pick up in air bnb, vacation rental or central meeting point is accepted.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the many caves, seeing the fascinating carved petroglyphs on the walls from indigenous times
  • Visit Caguana Park and learn about the plazas where the traditional game of batú was once played
  • Learn about the art, history and culture of the area from your expert tour guide
Full description
The tour will begin with a pickup at 8.00 AM from your hotel. You will head to the coast along the impressive highway roads before arriving at the 'Cueva del Indio'. A short hike will lead you to the beach where you can witness stunning cliff formations on the coastline before heading into the hidden cave entrance. This cave was a ceremonial spot for ancient indigenous cultures and you can see their heritage with the hundreds of carved petroglyphs on the walls of the cave. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the art, culture, and religion of the Taínos. You will then head towards Karstic mountain region of Arecibo. Start by taking a hike through the forest with your guide explaining the flora and fauna of the forest and outlining the geological properties of the area that resulted in these caves. Again, you will be able to see more fascinating carved petroglyphs, an important part of the ancient religion here. The next stop is the 'Cueva Ventana' and its marvelous formation that creates a window view of the Arecibo river valley. Rest for lunch in a local spot that specializes in 'mofongo', delicious fried plantains. After lunch we have a short ride to Caguana Park You'll visit the small museum then head out into the archaeological site to see the rectangular plazas that were used historically to play the rubber ball game called batú. These plazas were also used for public ceremonies such as the 'Areyto'. You guide will explain the interesting history of this is greater detail. After this, you will be taken back to your hotel, arriving at around 5.00 PM.  
Includes
  • Entrance to Park and Caves
  • Transportation in a Luxury vehicle
  • Guided by a professional Archaeologist
  • Small group tour is guaranteed
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops

Know before you go

  • Closed footwear required so please no flip-flops
  • Please wear sunblock
  • There is some moderate hiking in this experience and it's not great for anyone suffering from claustrophobia
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

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Awesome experience, super knowledgeable and informative tour guide. Each location was clearly hand-picked to provide the highest level of pure taino culture and heritage. The comfort level Javier provided made us feel like we spent the day with an old friend. This was an unforgettable experience, highly highly recommended.

August 10, 2019

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Product ID: 199690