Cueva del Indio
Cueva del Indio
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
An important site within indigenous Taíno culture, Cueva del Indio is home to a beautiful selection of prehistoric cave art on Puerto Rico’s Atlantic coast. Admire over 80 pre-Columbian indigenous petroglyphs made on the cave’s limestone walls between 1200 and 1500 A.D., and learn more about the island’s indigenous cultures. The scenic hike to the cave also boasts pretty coastal views and impressive grassy cliffs. You might want to join a tour that departs from San Juan—it's a great way combine your visit to the cave with other attractions in the area, such as the Cueva Ventana and the Arecibo Observatory. – Tripadvisor
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  • Hvirl1
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful!!
    We decided to do a day trip from Cialas and it was beautiful!! However we were not prepare to walk /climb on the sharp rocks . Definitely need sneakers and sun block !! We did climb but carefully with out sandals on lol . The view was breath taking !!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Sungie
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure!!!
    This was my favorite part of my trip to Puerto Rico. I didn't need to pay for a guide or any 'fee' just drive past the touristy spot to a sign and roadside parking. Walk down the beach, toward some big rocks. From there you have to use your since of adventure/intuition to find the caves. (We walked toward the people who paid lol) The rock walk was a bit dicy, but not enough to turn back or give up- do wear shoes, or if your not coordinated pay the $10 per person, they get a real trail. You can see the water splashing on cliffs and and sit in a natural amphitheater. Below you will be a cave where the petroglyphs are. To get inside, climb out of the pit area back on top of the rocks and head back toward the beach a bit. You'll see a crack that you can climb down. There is also a 'chimney' climb down to the cave through a small hole in the wall that is supposed to be easy. I saw kids climbing out of it. I will attach a picture of the entrance.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • escapewhenIcan
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Found another way down and made my own way
    Defintely worth going but would suggest having good hiking shoes. Also, don't need to pay, when you see the VIP sign for parking, know that you need to backtrack and find the official entrance to the park which is free and has a tiny sign. We missed it but after we drove past the VIP parking where they charge $10pp, we found a spot on the road on the left where we could park for free. Some guy was yelling at us in Spanish as we were walking on the beach to get to the cave probably telling us we had to pay but we just ignored him, we were not trespassing on his land because the beach is public. I saw the 2 cave entrances that many described but could not see a safe way down. So I hiked back up before the step heading down and saw a opening to the right where I made my way down. There was a bees nest there and I did get stung twice but it was so worth it to get down to the cave.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 7, 2023
  • boricua832003
    Tavares, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking to Caves
    Great scenery, beautiful view. Definitely need to wear either hiking shoes or comfortable shoes to go through tough terrain. You can park on atreet and walk through beach to there, or pay $10 a person and walk shorter distance.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • smileybug13
    Kingston, Tennessee27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to hike.
    The area at Cueva del Indio was awesome. I did not go into the cave itself. My daughter did. It is climbing and difficult and I am not very agile at my old age. The crack in my picture is one way to climb in. But the area is great for hiking and seeing the Seven Arches. Definitely need tennis shoes. We paid for parking and it was worth it for us to have someone to explain where to go and what to look for. Locals park along the side of the road, but it was not obvious to a tourist where you could park and where to go hike. We might try to find it on our next trip, but it was good to have a parking place, a restroom, and water for sale. Don't forget the sunscreen. I didn't think I needed it for a cave, but definitely did for the hike. I burned my shoulders. The views were beautiful. If you go far enough you will see lots of tide pools. Very interesting.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Marie G
    Quincy, Massachusetts194 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural rock arches, cool to see.
    We stopped by on a whim and was wearing flip flops. I did bring my 4 yo and she did fine. We did not go all the way to the beach as there was a thunder storm in the distance coming in and had started raining. However, we did park in the lot and paid. I saw the free reviews after as I had not had this planned prior to showing up. Was able to make my way in flip flops but would suggest better footwear. The rocks and arches were pretty and nice to see. Is it worth paying for? Meh, I probably would have went the free version had I known better.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Victor K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Natural Cave and Arches With Some History
    My wife and I hiked the arches and cave from the public beach access. It's labeled but easy to miss since it's very small with a small area to park a few cars across the street. Google directions take you past the point and closer to the paid private parking lot which features painted fences in a large painted sign. If you see these you have gone too far. Turn around and look for the small access point a few houses down. From the beach you will have to hike up the cliffs near the water to see the arches and eventually the cave. We went on the rainiest day on record so we weren't able to go down into the cave since climbing surfaces were slick and the waves were crashing into the cave making it possibly unsafe. But it looks possible with some climbing skills and dry surfaces. Still we were able to see the petroglyphs from the entrance of the cave and we had a lot of fun watching the waves crash against the rocks. There are also some holes that spew air and water when the waves crash. Overall a pretty cool place to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, New York1,114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Late Afternoon Visit
    Regardless of what you may read online there is only parking available onsite. The roadside is one lane in each direction with no shoulder. This place closes on the dot so plan accordingly and allot at least an hour to see it. The view is excellent and totally worth it. Restrooms located on site.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Joel M
    West Chester, Ohio46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    My wife and I visited on a Monday, parking along the road near the 7.6 mile marker. A few hundred feet east was a stairway down to the beach, marked with a sign. We made our way east along the beach (1/4 mile?) to the rock mound. The climb up might be challenging for some. Once on top be aware of unmarked holes that drop into the cave below. A quarry created by the Spanish makes for a natural ampitheater with views, and at the corner of the quarry is the entrance to the cave. A local, Daniel, offered to guide me and took me through the slot pathway and showed me handholds and footholds that I may have missed in the dim light. Daniel was an excellent guide, showing a variety of petroglyphs and natural features of this ancient religious site. The highlight of our trip to PR for me.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
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Sonia G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It was just beautiful, breath taking views and inexpensive to visit lus the Chinchorros walking distance. People are beautiful
Written April 8, 2024
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alrightalex
Clifton Heights, PA163 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
ZERO stars for the man working the ‘door’/ ticket guy/ info booth, 4 starts for the place.

It is now $10 to enter per person and the guy at the front can give you information on how to get to the spots in English or in Spanish. He seemed very nice. This is not for people that have any kind of walking problems or young children. It is very steep with no shade, and all on the craggy volcanic rock . Even though we listen to the speech we did not find the tide pool so we had to go back to the front and he re-explained. So in all we probably walked for at least an hour and a half in the hot sun. You can see the glitch from the top of the Cave, I’m impressed by them for whatever reason – but it was still cool for most of my friends from up there of the water and the arches is really amazing.

We couldn’t find the tide pools or the other area so we asked at the front and he explained how to get there. After about another 25 minutes Over the ridge we found the other area which was very cool and beautiful. Luckily, we found a shortcut back to the road so we didn’t have to traverse over the whole area again.

The problem rose when we got back to the parking lot and we needed to re-enter the area because our friend had waited under
The trees (she has bad knees). He would not let us re-enter. He said he saw a circling the parking lot. We showed him our tickets. He still said no. We said our friend is sitting inside. We just came an hour and a half ago. He said, “how can I be expected to remember everyone” to which I said “ you can’t, that is why you gave us tickets and we are showing them to you.” He said that people constantly try to pass each other tickets to get in for free. I said just because somebody at some point has done that does not mean you should judge everybody on that. We are 50-year-old people from the mainland, I don’t think we’re the likely candidates to try a scam for $10, he was adamant we not go back in and made us feel really badly about the whole thing, even though we did nothing wrong.

This is a national park not a high stakes security area really ridiculous to get so sty and bossy about something. It ruined the whole day for a friend of mine.

It should also be noted that you need to be at least medium physical fitness to do this. Not too old, not with flip-flops, not young kids. We saw somebody with a stroller – there’s literally nothing you can do with a stroller everything is on the craggy rocks.

the trees.
Written March 26, 2024
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Joel M
West Chester, OH46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I visited on a Monday, parking along the road near the 7.6 mile marker. A few hundred feet east was a stairway down to the beach, marked with a sign. We made our way east along the beach (1/4 mile?) to the rock mound. The climb up might be challenging for some. Once on top be aware of unmarked holes that drop into the cave below. A quarry created by the Spanish makes for a natural ampitheater with views, and at the corner of the quarry is the entrance to the cave. A local, Daniel, offered to guide me and took me through the slot pathway and showed me handholds and footholds that I may have missed in the dim light. Daniel was an excellent guide, showing a variety of petroglyphs and natural features of this ancient religious site. The highlight of our trip to PR for me.
Written January 30, 2024
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Regardless of what you may read online there is only parking available onsite. The roadside is one lane in each direction with no shoulder. This place closes on the dot so plan accordingly and allot at least an hour to see it. The view is excellent and totally worth it. Restrooms located on site.
Written December 26, 2023
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Victor K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I hiked the arches and cave from the public beach access. It's labeled but easy to miss since it's very small with a small area to park a few cars across the street. Google directions take you past the point and closer to the paid private parking lot which features painted fences in a large painted sign. If you see these you have gone too far. Turn around and look for the small access point a few houses down.
From the beach you will have to hike up the cliffs near the water to see the arches and eventually the cave.
We went on the rainiest day on record so we weren't able to go down into the cave since climbing surfaces were slick and the waves were crashing into the cave making it possibly unsafe. But it looks possible with some climbing skills and dry surfaces. Still we were able to see the petroglyphs from the entrance of the cave and we had a lot of fun watching the waves crash against the rocks. There are also some holes that spew air and water when the waves crash. Overall a pretty cool place to visit.
Written October 30, 2023
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Pedroj251
Jacksonville, FL27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Took us over an hour to arrive, we always wanted and were curious about visiting this site. Once there, the parking, location and overall appearance was disappointing. Place not well maintained. Trash, stray dogs, and debris. A gentleman selling souvenirs controlled the entrance to the site. Ten dollars per head. Since we were already there, we felt no other option than to pay and enter. The gentleman was very polite and provided a brief explanation of the site. No signs, pamphlets, no toilets, map, etc. if you don’t understand Spanish, you are at a lost. Even if you understand Spanish, the brief was so quick and expedient and very difficult to grasp. The place is unsafe. But the views are beautiful once you get up there. Not worth $10 per head. No government or private entity oversight.
Written July 15, 2023
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Marie G
Quincy, MA194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We stopped by on a whim and was wearing flip flops. I did bring my 4 yo and she did fine. We did not go all the way to the beach as there was a thunder storm in the distance coming in and had started raining. However, we did park in the lot and paid. I saw the free reviews after as I had not had this planned prior to showing up. Was able to make my way in flip flops but would suggest better footwear. The rocks and arches were pretty and nice to see. Is it worth paying for? Meh, I probably would have went the free version had I known better.
Written July 4, 2023
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smileybug13
Kingston, TN27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The area at Cueva del Indio was awesome. I did not go into the cave itself. My daughter did. It is climbing and difficult and I am not very agile at my old age. The crack in my picture is one way to climb in. But the area is great for hiking and seeing the Seven Arches. Definitely need tennis shoes. We paid for parking and it was worth it for us to have someone to explain where to go and what to look for. Locals park along the side of the road, but it was not obvious to a tourist where you could park and where to go hike. We might try to find it on our next trip, but it was good to have a parking place, a restroom, and water for sale. Don't forget the sunscreen. I didn't think I needed it for a cave, but definitely did for the hike. I burned my shoulders. The views were beautiful. If you go far enough you will see lots of tide pools. Very interesting.
Written June 18, 2023
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Jessica M
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Listen, don't pay for these caves. Look for the small sign on the road right before the large colored sign with the Fences. There is going to be an opening in the jungle; walk through there and you will see the beach and two coral arches - one on the right and one on the left. Walk left and you will come around to where the caves are. If you pay, you will feel really silly. Also, just a heads up, I found this to be a bigger problem for people who are scared of heights than people who are scared of small spaces. I saw old people and little kids crushing it, but I am scared of heights and just couldn't do it.
Written June 11, 2023
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boricua832003
Tavares, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great scenery, beautiful view. Definitely need to wear either hiking shoes or comfortable shoes to go through tough terrain. You can park on atreet and walk through beach to there, or pay $10 a person and walk shorter distance.
Written June 10, 2023
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