Going under earth's surface - amazing Camuy Caverns :)
Camuy Travel Blog› entry 9 of 22 › view all entries
February 6th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
It was early, so we didn't have any problems for finding a free parking spot. Furthermore, we had our special pass thanks to Mark, haha. We got our tickets at the entrance and they let know there was a video we had to watch before starting the tour itself. The video has just started 1min ago, so we caught it and avoided to wait until the next one, yay!!!
As its name says, these are caverns you can visit. The Camuy river formed amazing caverns surrounded by a lovely vegetation and the stalactites and stalagmites in the interior are awesome! In order to go down to the entrance of the caverns, we should take a trolley, but before boarding they gave us helmets.
Going down was nice. It was great seeing all the vegetation that was surrounding us. Sure, we have rain forest in Peru, but I haven't been able to really explore it, so this was my 1st contact with it and I loved it! The deeper we went, the more vegetation we were able to see. After turning left, right, left, we finally arrived to the station where the walking would start.
We started to walk down and stopped at the entrance of the caverns, gorgeous!!! Our guide gave us a few recommendations before going inside and that was it. All the stalactites and stalagmites were amazing, so big! And they formed funny shapes, like a man smiling - the guide said it was a taino (local Indian) welcoming us - a witch and a love couple, lol.
We also went close to the Camuy river. Well, it was down but you could listen to it as if it were really close, actually was beneath us. We also could see a waterfall. We got a bit wet, but felt nice, since it was warm.
Of course in the cave there were bats. We couldn't see them, but Francisco got bat's poo - poor him!!! Well, in Lima we say that if you got birds' poo, you'd have luck and in Puerto Rico they say the same, haha. So I guess, Francisco would have good luck, maybe he should buy a ticket for the lottery, lol!
The walking wasn't long. It lasted around 45min. But there were steps and floor was slippery, so you have to be careful. If the guide saw someone needed more time, he stopped and waited for him. All the people were happy and took lots of pics.
Then we took the trolley up again. Took a couple of fun shots there and visited the gift shop. All the place is very nice, large parks at the entrance, all the trees and flowers... well, it was getting late and we had to think about where to have lunch - a traditional one! We asked our guide about the place we have been recommended at the entrance - by the owner haha. And he said his favorite restauranst nearby were: the place we have been recommended and his mom's house and since she didn't know about having visitors, better going to the restaurant, lol!
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