My folks came to Puerto Rico for the first time in their lives about a week ago. They came to visit with me and Evan, see our university and research center, relax on the beach and eat some good PR food. But of course we couldn't have them visit without seeing some of the most beautiful sites in Puerto Rico! So naturally, we took them to Cueva Ventana. You may remember my first post about the cueva some months back. You can find the directions to the site using this webpage here.
I think my folks liked the experience. It was a little out of their comfort zone, as the cave tour is purely self guided. Although it may seem that some of the footholds or little tunnels may seem unstable or insecure as a source of entrance to the view, everything has been well traveled and also maintained (we noticed new signs placed around the site asking people to not litter).
The first entrance to the cave is below the tree. You can see the little dark pit. There is a brand new rope to assist with your descent down. We didn't go down this way, but instead continued the path around to the second cave, and entrance to the ventana.
Be sure to bring a flashlight! It certainly helps to locate footholds, strategically placed ropes, muddy areas and low-hanging stalactites. The first photo looks as though the steps just drop off into a pit. I assure that is not the case. The first time I came here, I watched a girl in white shorts and a white fedora climb through this cave in platform sandals. If she can do it, anyone can.
If you go visit this beautiful site, let me know! I'd love to hear what you think!