Cueva del Indio

Note: On our last visit to the cave, the ladder to enter the cave had been removed due to vandalism. We are not sure if it is back in place yet. 

Located right at the ocean in a natural cave the water seem to have carved into the sharp rocks, you will find Cueva del Indio. The only entrance, a wodden ladder, reminds on a movie set of Indiana Jones. The setup of the entire location is mind-blowing, especially if you are imagining how it must have been a thousand years ago without roads and light pollution at night. 

The Taino Indians probably held tribal meetings and celebrations at this location 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.

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. Contact Paradise Tours PR to book a full day cave tour and explore hidden wonders in a safe environment that are not published on this website.

Warning! In the surf and hurricane season or on days with big swells, stay away from the cliffs, as people have drowned being washed down by big waves! Use common sense! 


  • Carr. 681, Arecibo

Opening hours

  • Always open. Call 787-662-7300 for guided tour.


  • See authentic Taino carvings
  • Incredible location
  • Breathtaking views from the cliffs
  • Nice trails to explore the cliffs


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