Cueva Ventana

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Cueva Ventana
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Cueva Ventana overlooking the Río Grande de Arecibo valley
Map showing the location of Cueva Ventana
Map showing the location of Cueva Ventana
Location of Cueva Ventana
Location Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Nearest city Utuado, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°22′18″N 66°41′30″W / 18.37167°N 66.69167°W / 18.37167; -66.69167Coordinates: 18°22′18″N 66°41′30″W / 18.37167°N 66.69167°W / 18.37167; -66.69167
Visitors 1,000–1,500 (weekly)
Governing body Private
http://cuevaventanapr.com

Cueva Ventana (English: "Cave Window") is a large cave situated a top a limestone cliff in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, overlooking the Río Grande de Arecibo valley. It is visible from the PR-123 but is accessible from a trail that begins adjacent to a Puma gas station located along PR-10 on kilometer 75. The cave nor the land in which the cave is located at are owned by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, but by a private ownership.

Tourism[edit]

The cave is a popular tourist attraction to Puerto Ricans as well as tourists visiting from outside Puerto Rico. An initial admittance fee of $3, was established by the owner of the gas station to enter the trail to the cave on Saturdays and Sundays due to its popularity. The number of visitors is at its most popular on both Saturdays and Sundays from early morning to an hour before nightfall. As of January 2013, the admittance fee was established daily and raised to $5 in February 2013. A boardwalk project was constructed from the gas station leading up to around 200 feet into the trail. Soon after a rise in popularity and visits, admission was raised to $10 with necessary equipment included (helmet, flashlight, a booklet on the legend of Cueva Ventana) and a guided 45-minute tour. The number of visitors is greatest on both Saturdays and Sundays from early morning to an hour before nightfall. Nightly tours are now offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays.[1][2][3][4]

Films[edit]

The 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie was shot inside the cave as well as a land that sits in the Río Grande de Arecibo valley in front of the mountain where the cave resides between February and March 2009. In 2011, the cave was used as one of the settings for the 2012 British TV miniseries Treasure Island. The most recent movie filmed inside Cueva Ventana is the 2013 film Runner, Runner starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, which was filmed in the summer of 2012.[5]

Vandalism issues[edit]

In November 2012, the Arecibo Municipal Government planned to talk to the owner of the gas station to buy the adjacent land to be transferred to the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and protect it from vandalism.[6][7]

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