Cuevas de pr: 11 Best Caves in Puerto Rico for 2022 (By a Local)

11 Best Caves in Puerto Rico for 2022 (By a Local)

Visiting the caves in Puerto Rico is an activity that should 100% be on your vacation itinerary.

Cave lovers and adventurers will find all kinds of caves to explore, from underground to beachfront and everything in between. They truly are one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico.

As a Puerto Rico local, I’ve explored many of the island’s caves and they never cease to amaze me. If you’re looking for an outdoor (or underground) adventure, then these are the 11 best caves in Puerto Rico you need to visit.

Let’s go!

Table of Contents

  • 11 Best Puerto Rico Caves
    • Rio Camuy Cave Park
    • Cueva del Indio
    • Cueva Ventana
    • Navio Beach Cave
    • Cueva del Arco
    • Las Cabachuelas
    • Desecheo Caves
    • Cueva Arenales
    • Cuevas del Convento 
    • Cueva Diamante (& Mona Island Caves)
    • Cueva del Viento
  • FAQs About Caves in Puerto Rico
    • Does Puerto Rico have caves?
    • How many caves are there in Puerto Rico?
    • What is the largest and most important cave system in Puerto Rico?
    • How deep are the Rio Camuy caves? 
    • What city are the Rio Camuy caves located in?

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11 Best Puerto Rico Caves

Rio Camuy Cave Park

Discover the largest cave system in the west formed by an underground river

See the light through the sinkhole at the Camuy Caves

📍 Google Maps | Costs: $18 entrance

The Río Camuy Cave Park consists of hundreds of limestone caves and caverns, formed by the Camuy River – the world’s third-largest underground river. Only a fraction of this system is open to the public, but the main cave entrance is in Camuy. From there, you can take a cave tour through Cueva Clara, Cueva Espiral, Empalme Sinkhole, and Tres Pueblos Sinkhole.

👉 My Favorite Gear: Wearing shoes with grip is essential as the caves are slippery. The Columbia Newton Ridge plus hiking boots are lightweight, waterproof, and feature a rubber sole for a better grip.

Cueva del Indio

Descend into a cave carved by both nature and the Taino hundreds of years ago

📍 Google Maps | Costs: $5 per person or free on-street parking

Cueva del Indio cave is located inside an impressive cliff that rises over the coast of Arecibo. Besides the scenery seen from the top, this oceanfront cave is famous for hosting a group of Taino petroglyphs that history buffs can’t miss. 

👉 Pro Tip: To save money, park on the street and walk along the shore to the cave. Exploring the cave is free, but there is a fee to use the private entrance to access it. If you’re a budget traveler, don’t miss my guide on how to plan a cheap trip to Puerto Rico.

Cueva Ventana

A cave with a window to the valley and the Río Grande de Arecibo

📍 Google Maps | Cueva Ventana Website | Costs: $20 entrance | Note: TEMPORARILY CLOSED (As of March 2022)

Cueva Ventana means window cave, and travelers can easily understand the origin of this name. This cave features a large opening at its end from where you can see the countryside and the Rio Grande de Arecibo flowing calmly below. The hike is strenuous, but the view is out of this world.

👉 Pro Tip: As of March 2022, Cueva Ventana is temporarily closed. Before visiting make sure to call ahead to confirm if they’re open again. 

Navio Beach Cave

A beachfront cave with a picture-perfect location

📍 Google Maps | Costs: Free

If instead of hiking up cliffs and mountains to get to a cave, you rather walk along the beach, then this cave is for you. You can find this nameless cave in Navio Beach in Vieques, but you can only access it if you visit during the seasons with a low tide. 

📚 Bookmark for Later: Best Puerto Rico Beaches

Cueva del Arco

A cave the size of a building that you can explore while walking, swimming, or rappelling

📍Google Maps | Costs: free 

Cueva del Arco is a huge open cave that rises over the Tanamá River in Utuado. While hiking to the cave alone is not entirely impossible, the trail is slippery and confusing, so it’s best practice to book a tour. 

Besides admiring this natural wonder, visitors with a tour can do rappelling, river rafting, and cave tubing too.

Las Cabachuelas

Las Cabachuelas caves host petroglyphs and a variety of wildlife

📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: $35-$85 

After learning about the Camuy River Park, it’s hard to believe that any other city in Puerto Rico could have any more caves, but Morovis features more than 60 of them! You can explore the most popular of these caves within Las Cabachuelas Nature Reserve, where you can see Precolumbian petroglyphs and a biodiverse ecosystem.

👉 Pro Tip: While you can opt to hike to the caves yourself for free, it can be dangerous for unfamiliar visitors. You can book the tour of your preference with Cabacoop, to explore the caves safely.

Desecheo Caves

Scuba dive in underwater caves full of fish, coral, rays, and sharks

📍 Google Maps 

Not all the top caves in Puerto Rico are above sea level. Diving enthusiasts should take a trip to the underwater caves in Desecheo Island, where they’ll find plenty of marine life and coral reefs.   At the moment, you can reach the island only with the private tour that Taino Divers offers.

📚 Related Reading: Popular Things to Do in Rincón

Cueva Arenales

A cave with formations that seem out of a Star Wars movie

📍 Google Maps | Costs: free

You won’t find stalagmite formations in Cueva Arenales, but it’s still one of the most popular caves in Puerto Rico. Visitors can swim in Charco Azul right inside this cave in Vega Baja but they should always follow common Puerto Rico safety precautions as the area is prone to flash flooding. 

👉 Pro Tip: Park in this location instead of going all the way down to the dead-end of the street. The road is too steep and most vehicles have trouble coming back up. There is a neighbor that offers supervised parking for $3.

Cuevas del Convento 

Explore the caves with a biodiverse ecosystem and underground springs

📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: Free | Temporarily Closed to Public

El Convento Caves are some of the best caves in Puerto Rico’s south karst region. These caves between Guayanilla and Peñuelas feature one of the largest bat populations on the island and the largest underground spring system in the south. 

👉 Local Tip: As of March 2022, El Convento cave systems are officially closed to the public due to the constant seismic activity in the city. Many locals still visit the area, but visitors proceed at their own risk.

Cueva Diamante (& Mona Island Caves)

Caves with Precolumbian petroglyphs in an inhabited island

📍 Google Maps | Costs: Free

Mona Island presents adventurers the opportunity of exploring cave systems with bats, insects, plants, and most impressively, petroglyphs from the Taino and first Spaniards in Puerto Rico.

While you get to discover some of the best caves in Puerto Rico in this uninhabited nature reserve, visiting Mona Island is possible only with permission from the government or through private tours that depart Cabo Rojo.

Cueva del Viento

A large underground cave with a ladder that descends from the mouth to the dark interior 

📍 Google Maps | Costs: Free

Cueva del Viento, or the Wind Cave, is one of the most popular caves in Puerto Rico. While you won’t find any evident underground river in it, you’ll still see beautiful stalactites and stalagmites everywhere. This cave is inside the Guajataca State Forest, where hiking lovers can tour some of the popular hiking trails in Puerto Rico.

👉 Pro Tip: The descending wood stairs to the cave are in bad condition. Avoid visiting with kids and take headlamps with you. The Juninp LED headlamps have adjustable straps and last up to 10 hours on one charge.

FAQs About Caves in Puerto Rico

Does Puerto Rico have caves?

Puerto has thousands of caves and caverns spread across the island.

How many caves are there in Puerto Rico?

While there isn’t an official number, it’s estimated there are over 2,000 caves in Puerto Rico. 

What is the largest and most important cave system in Puerto Rico?

The largest and most important cave system in Puerto Rico is the Rio Camuy Cave Park, which is also the third-largest underground system in the world.

How deep are the Rio Camuy caves? 

The largest Caves in the Rio Camuy Cave Park measure hundreds of feet. It’s believed the system extends for miles and goes hundreds of feet deep under the surface. The Santa Clara cave is 215 feet high, and the Three Town sinkhole is over 400 feet deep.

What city are the Rio Camuy caves located in?

The Rio Camuy Caves are located between the cities of Camuy, Hatillo, and Lares in Puerto Rico.


That’s the complete list of the best caves in Puerto Rico! If you want to explore other impressive sights then check out my list of the best destinations to see in Puerto Rico.

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Cuevas Naturales en Puerto Rico – Piccolo Mondo PR Blog

Publicado el 10/09/2019
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Puerto Rico tiene una riqueza geológica y natural que no todo el mundo conoce o disfruta. Una de esas riquezas son las cuevas que podemos ver en diversos sistemas de la costa o el área montañosa. Las cuevas encierran un mundo maravilloso susceptible a la exploración. En ellas habitan diversos tipos de animales o insectos, hay otro ambiente y una variedad de sonidos. Explorar cuevas es una aventura que dependiendo de la dificultad,  puedes hacer acompañado de guías turísticos o por tu cuenta siguiendo las precauciones necesarias. Algunas cuevas de la costa se han ido transformando por la erosión del mar y otras han colapsado por las marejadas.  Te compartimos algunas cuevas de montañas, ríos y playas que hemos visitado para que las conozcas y disfrutes.

Cueva Ventana – Arecibo

En dirección de Arecibo a Utuado podemos encontrar una ventana que mira a la montaña.  Está ubicada en la carretera #10 al lado de un puesto de gasolina. Hay un área de recibo de personas y cuenta con un estacionamiento. Puedes tomar un recorrido guiado, que incluye equipo de protección y linterna. El sendero hacia la cueva tiene rótulos de información sobre la flora y fauna que rodea el lugar. Podrás acceder a dos cuevas, donde podrás escuchar y apreciar los murciégalos que viven allí, insectos y aves. También encontrarás algunos petroglifos indígenas y admirar las formaciones de estalactitas y estalagmitas. Es impresionante llegar a la apertura de la cueva y ver la luz y la vista del paisaje montañoso y el río en la bajura. Está abierta todos los días
10:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. / Precio: $10 pp. / Info: Vídeo

Las Cabachuelas – Morovis

Este es un impresionante sistema de cuevas entre los mogotes de carso de la costa norte. Están localizadas en el barrio Barahona y Torrecillas de Morovis. Estas tierras forman parte de la zona cársica y sirven de hábitat para una gran cantidad de organismos característicos de la zona. El lugar fue refugio de los taínos, por los diversos petroglifos que se pueden apreciar en las cuevas.   Algunas de las cuevas son inmensas, otras tienen túneles estrechos. En el interior puedes tener encuentros sensoriales con murciélagos, buruquenas e insectos como el guavá. Esta aventura la puedes realizar con guías turísticos.  VíDEO

Cuevas Arenales / Charco Azul –  Vega Baja

Charco azul es un río que tiene una impresionante formación de rocas que conectan entre sí formando diferentes espacios de cuevas bajo las montañas por las cuales bajan las corrientes de agua. El entorno de las cuevas, conocidas como cuevas Arenales y el charco extenso debajo de ellas, forman un paisaje fascinante. Estacionas el carro en la orilla de una carretera vecinal (No estaciones o bajes con tu auto después de los portón azul), debes caminar como 20 minutos bajando una cuesta pavimentada. Al terminar de bajar la cuesta viras a la izquierda y caminas para llegar a una parte llana del río y luego más adelante encontrar la charca grande con las cuevas de piedras. No lo recomendamos para niños menores de 8 años porque se requiere trepar por piedras, pero pueden disfrutar del río. VÍDEO / MAPA

Cueva Las Golondrinas – Manatí

Esta es una cueva marina que es atravesada por una corriente de agua y en la cual se observan muchas golondrinas. El lugar es precioso. Hay una playa prístina frente a la cueva y una poza poco profunda ideal para los más pequeños. Recomendamos ir a primeras horas de la mañana ya que se encuentra en el mismo trayecto de la famosa Poza de las mujeres que es muy concurrida. Para llegar a la cueva debes seguir un camino hacia la poza de las mujeres, luego subir unas rocas seguido de unas escaleras. Luego sigues a mano derecha por el matorral donde encontraras un rótulo de Para La Naturaleza con información sobre la cueva. Subes una colina y luego bajas hacia la playa. El trayecto puede tomar como 25 minutos por lo que no debes llevar mucha carga. VÍDEO / MAPA

Túnel natural y Cueva Arco – Río Tanamá – Utuado

Esta es una de las aventuras más fascinantes y retantes que hemos realizado con los niños y un lugar que consideramos como uno de los más bellos y únicos que existen en PR.  Las gigantescas y extrañas formaciones rocosas dentro del río y en sus extremos son impresionantes.  Necesitas hacer una reservación con alguno de los proveedores que ofrecen la excursión a la zona. El costo puede fluctuar entre los $40.00 a $80.00 por persona. En nuestro recorrido navegamos montados en un tubo de aire, el interior de la Cueva del Portillo, un túnel de 1,500 pies de largo. Hicimos caminata por el río y escalamos rocas hasta llegar a la Cueva del Arco, una gran abertura en la montaña atravesada por el río. Debes saltar al río desde una roca y nadar de espaldas por el túnel por lo que se requiere buena condición física y buena aptitud para asumir riesgos. No lo recomendamos para menores de 8 años por que es un recorrido extenso de cuatro horas que conlleva dificultad para subir y bajar por lugares de altura. VÍDEO

Cueva del Viento – Bosque Guajataca, Quebradillas

El bosque Guajataca es un bosque de ecosistema cárstico que ubica entre los pueblos de Quebradillas e Isabela. El bosque tiene varias veredas, gazebos, baños, miradores. Acampamos en este bosque y disfrutamos muchísimo la experiencia. Una de las caminatas que hicimos nos llevó a la Cueva del Viento, una inmensa cueva a la cual puedes acceder por tu cuenta a través de una escalinata de madera. Nos sorprendió el gran tamaño de esta cueva y que en la misma se observan impresionantes columnas formadas por la unión de estalactitas y estalagmitas. MAPA / VÍDEO

Cueva Cofresí – Punta Guaniquilla, Cabo Rojo

En Punta Guaniquilla se encuentra uno de los lugares más extraordinarios de todo Puerto Rico: una formación de rocas en medio de una laguna, que nos parece sacado de otro planeta. Estas formaciones rocosas son parte de la franja kárstica del sur y datan de procesos geológicos de más de 11,000,000 años.  La zona de carso alberga una cueva conocida como la cueva Cofresí. En esta cueva se dice que el pirata cofresí guardaba sus tesoros cuando entraba por el área oeste de Puerto Rico. Entramos por un pequeño agujero acompañados de los guías que conocen el lugar. Este aventura lo hicimos con el programa de excursiones de Para La Naturaleza. VÍDEO

Cueva Las Golondrinas – Playa Pastillo / Isabela

Esta es una cueva en la Playa Pastillo en Isabela. En febrero del 2014 intentamos visitar esta cueva pero no pudimos llegar a ella, ya que por temporadas tiende a ser inaccesible por la subida del nivel del mar. En agosto del 2019 se abrió una oportunidad para poder visitar la cueva y admirar su formación.  Es una cueva en la que anidan las golondrinas y entra a veces el agua de mar. Cuando la visitamos había un fuerte oleaje hizo una pequeña piscina.  La caminata del área de la playa a la cueva es de 10 minutos. Últimamente es un lugar concurrido para tomar fotografías. MAPA / VÍDEO

Cueva del Indio – Arecibo

Nuestra aventura en la cueva del indio en Arecibo, fue en junio del 2012 con los chiquillos y fue una experiencia bien interesante porque la cueva tiene un alto valor arqueológico y posee una belleza escénica que constituye uno de los espacios geográficos idóneos para aprender de la naturaleza e historia de nuestros antepasados indígenas.   Para aquel tiempo había una escalera de madera que permitía el acceso adentro de ella. Allí puedes apreciar los petroglifos tallados en piedra por los indios que habitaron la Islas. Actualmente ya no hay escalera para bajar a la cueva pero puedes apreciar sus alrededores y formaciones de piedras desde la parte de arriba. El lugar es un poco peligroso al tener varios agujeros o sumideros. Debes tener precauciones. Hay un estacionamiento en el área que puede estar cobrando entre $3 a $5 por estacionarse. MAPAvídeo

Cueva Punta Borinquen – Aguadilla (desaparecida)

Aunque esta cueva ya no existe tuvimos la oportunidad de visitarla antes de que hubiese un desprendimiento de rocas y se colapsara. Esta cueva creada de carso en la área de Aguadilla estaba aledaña a la Playa Punta Borinquen.  Era un espacio mágico con una vista  hacia las rocas enormes en el mar. El agua cristalina con un oleaje moderado era un deleite. Esta visita logramos hacerla antes del Huracán María, cuya marejada ciclónica ocasionó su colapso. Una pena porque queríamos volver. VÍDEO

Cueva María de La Cruz – Loíza

La Cueva María de la Cruz fue refugio para los indígenas en eventos como tormentas y huracanes además de escondite para esclavos africanos.  Sus inmediaciones son ricas en yacimientos arqueológicos. En esta cueva se observan estalagmitas y estalactitas y fósiles de caracoles lo cual indican que estuvo cubierta por el mar. Además de permitir disfrutar de sus instalaciones recreativas para niños y niñas y de su pista de ejercicios para jóvenes y adultos, hacen recorrido con guía turístico $6 p/p por la cueva y  el santuario de abejas.  MAPA Vídeo

Estas aventuras de exploración de cuevas las puedes hacer en grupo o en familia. Es una gran experiencia descubrir estos lugares de impresionante belleza natural.  Recuerda no dejar basura en ningún lugar que visites. Tampoco puedes escribir ni alterar las paredes de las cuevas.  Estos ambientes son creados por la madre naturaleza y nuestra presencia allí debe ser limitada, para poder seguir conservando el hábitat de las especies que las habitan. Ten siempre presente que debes tener mucha precaución. Sabemos que nos faltan muchas otras cuevas por descubrir en nuestra Isla, pero poco a poco las visitaremos y las iremos incluyendo aquí. Anímate y descubre tu Isla.

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Cuevas de los Tayos: the gold of the gods in the depths of the Amazon

Just over half a century ago, at a time when the eyes of mankind were fixed on space and on the landing of a man on the moon, a small notary office in Guayaquil dealt with a question that indicated in the opposite direction, that is, to the interior lands. As Neil Armstrong roamed the surface of our natural satellite, a silent foreigner from Guayaquil legalized perhaps the strangest and most amazing document ever presented to Ecuadorian notaries. Incredible as it may seem, the two stories intersected many years later in the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

DI Marco Makulotti

Translation of Article Kuevas de Los Taios: 50 years of disputes and riddles Published at Universe

a little more than half a century ago, at the time when Vyzors were in the times of mankind were directed to space and to the landing of man on the moon, a small notary’s office in Guayaquil he dealt with a question that pointed in the opposite direction, that is, deep into the Earth. As Neil Armstrong roamed the surface of our natural satellite, a silent foreigner from Guayaquil legalized perhaps the strangest and most amazing document ever presented to Ecuadorian notaries. Incredibly, the two stories intersected years later. in the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon .

On July 21, 1969, a deed was filed with the notary’s office of Guayaquil about the alleged discovery in the eastern jungle of Ecuador (later it will be found out that it was inside Cuevas de los Tayos ) from «Metal library containing a chronological report about the history of mankind, the origin of man on Earth and the scientific knowledge of an extinct civilization” [1] . The content of this notarial deed laid the foundation for disputes that continue to this day, half a century later. But it was also the starting point for a whole series of missions to explore the caves in question. But who was the man who, 50 years ago, drew the attention of the planet to the underworld under the Ecuadorian Amazon?

Juan Moritz

Hungarian in the bowels of the earth

The main entrance to Cuevas de los Tayos is located east of the Andes, in the Condor mountain range (Ecuadorian province of Morona-Santiago), almost a kilometer from the Coangos River. This is the natural habitat of a nocturnal bird called Tayo , giving the cave system its name. 50 years ago Cuevas de los Tayos were virtually unknown to most Ecuadorians, although a 1976 Ministry of Defense report stated that «their visible features have been known» since at least 1915 years. [2] .

These features have reached the ear Juan Moritz (Kermend, 1923 — Guayaquil, 1991), lover of anthropology and ancient languages. Politically persecuted during World War II and imprisoned by the communists in his native Hungary, he later took refuge in Argentina, where he was nationalized. While dealing in mining concessions, Moritz arrived in Ecuador in 1964 and explored the Amazon region.

East Moritz made contact with Chiwaro (now called Shuar), earning their trust. On dates and circumstances that Moritz never wanted to specify [3] , the natives allowed him to enter the cave system. There he will find a thousand-year-old library with sheets of metal and other valuable items: “I made this discovery quite by accident,” he later stated in his notarial statement.

Moritz Expedition 1969

As recorded by Jaime Diaz Marmolejo, journalist from EL UNIVERSE , Moritz spoke about the discovery to President José María Velasco Ibarra on June 24, 1969, and on July 21 he officially announced it in front of Dr. Gustavo Falconi Ledesma at the fourth notary office of Guayaquil. Although the caves were already known to the Shuar, the first official to announce their discovery was Juan Moritz. On July 26, 1969, under the patronage that the government granted him through the Ceturis (Ecuadorian Tourist Corporation), Moritz once again explored Tayos, this time with a group of Guayaquil residents: «Gaston Fernandez, who at the time was the general manager of Ceturis, Dr. Gerardo Peña Matheus, legal adviser, Lilian Icaza, coordinator, Hernan Fernandez, photographer, Mario Polit and Pedro Luna, assistants, and José Rojas, journalist. [4] .

According to the book Documented History of the Discovery of Cuevas de los Tayos , Gerardo Peña Mateus (Quito, 2011), the expedition was divided into two stages: the first to reconnoiter the caves and the second to confirm the alleged find from the «library of metals» . Accompanied by part of the military, the group completed the first stage and returned to Guayaquil, but the second stage never took place. This first official expedition brought the caves to international attention. Photos taken by the Moritz team showed an amazing underworld: tunnels and large stone galleries topped with what appeared to be straight lintels . Gerardo Peña Mateus notes that Juan Moritz considered these structures to be the result of the intervention of ancient people.

The Swiss writer Erich von Däniken , known in those years for his controversial theories of extraterrestrial influence on human civilization in prehistoric times, visited Ecuador, attracted by the history of the expedition, and in March 1972 met Moric at the now defunct Atahualpa Hotel in Guayaquil. Von Daniken got acquainted with Moritz’s notarial document and made copies of photographic materials of the caves. [5] . A few months after the meeting, Daniken published the information in his scandalous book. Gold of the gods . The history of the caves, their supposed treasure, and the photographs published in the book caused such a stir in Europe that four years later the British government funded the largest mission ever to take place at Taios . The military junta that ruled Ecuador at the time cooperated fully with the new expedition.

British-Ecuadorian expedition of 1976

The newspaper EL UNIVERSO summarized the information provided by the commander of the British detachment, a major of the Royal Scottish Regiment, about the goals of this expedition. Christopher Browne : «Confirm or refute a number of theories picked up by the international press about what is inside the underground caves. » In addition, he emphasized «the purely scientific interest that the mission has.» [6] . A group of 16 that Moritz assembled at 1969, was very small compared to the new one, consisting of a hundred scientists and soldiers (62 British and 40 Ecuadorians). Among the participants of the expedition were five English scientists and an Ecuadorian biologist Laura Arcos [7] . The expedition leader was Scottish Engineer Stanley Hall . In an interview with reporter Alberto Borges, Juan Moritz said that Hall invited him to join the expedition, offering him some sort of headquarters and resources to get to the exact location of his discovery. Moritz also said that the deal was not reached due to the British rejecting his terms, including being appointed sole leader of the expedition or keeping his discovery at the site. [8] .

Instead, it was the astronaut who accepted Stanley Hall’s invitation. Neil Armstrong . The first person to set foot on lunar soil descended into the caves in August 1976. In Quito, on his return from the jungle, journalist Carlos Vera asked him: “Which was more interesting: the exploration of the moon or Cueva de los Tayos ? . Neil Armstrong replied: “It’s hard to compare, but in both cases there is a feeling that you are going to unfamiliar places and learning new things; in this they are similar experiences» [9] .

According to EL UNIVERSO, the British contributed one million pounds (65 million sucres at the time) to the expedition. The Ecuadorian army took over the clearing of the landing site near the caves and the logistics to move 45 tons of equipment, supplies and personnel into the virgin forest. Ten vehicles were used, as well as three aircraft, a light aircraft and two helicopters of the Ecuadorian armed forces, for a total of 42 flights. For comparison, Moritz expedition 1969 included a total of 43 mules and a mule trail.


Despite the efforts of the Anglo-Ecuadorian expedition, the alleged «metal library» has not yet appeared. Fantasy or reality, Moritz foresaw: “I think that the scientists of the expedition, both British and Ecuadorian, will come to interesting conclusions and, with luck, will be able to find some valuable artifacts. But the main thing, the metal library, I doubt that they will find” [10] . In several interviews he gave, Moritz expressed conflicting ideas and concepts. In an article titled «Moritz insists that there is an underground world under the Andes» explorer stated: «You can go all of South America underground.» In the same interview, he assured that there really are underground tunnels, and that one of them leads to the Pacific Ocean. [11] .

In those days, the Ministry of Defense of Ecuador published the first official report of the Anglo-Ecuadorian expedition, in which the length of the tunnels was reduced to 5 kilometers, which contradicted Moritz’s statement about a larger tunnel system. Regarding its origin, the report says that «The caves of Taios are not an archaeological monument, as they say in recent days, but a geological one» [12] . The Ministry of Defense also included the following clause: “Therefore, his discovery cannot be attributed either to Mr. Morić or to a particular city.” This last clarification was made because a cockade of blue and white was on display in Guayaquil, the caption of which read: «Discovery Cuevas de los Tayos is the glory of Guayaquil», alluding to Moritz’s 1969 expedition, consisting almost entirely from the inhabitants of Guayaquil. [13] .

These official statements were met with obvious indifference by Morić. “I dedicate myself to investigations,” he told journalist Jaime Diaz Marmolejo, “I dedicate my life to you, and my only commitment is the truth. I have never responded to my ill-wishers and will not do so now, because those who attack me do not have the authority to do so, at least until they present evidence to support their point of view” [14] .

Father Crespi with part of his «Collection».


Another chapter in the story of the Taios Caves is the so-called Crespi Collection collected by the religious Italian Salesian Carlo Crespi (1891-1982). For many years, in his parish in Cuenca, Father Crespi displayed some of the archaeological finds that he claimed had been given to him by members of the Shuar tribe.

According to a researcher from Guayaquil Manuel Palacios , the alleged connection of these parts with Cuevas de los Tayos it arose from erroneous data published by Erich von Däniken in his book Gold of the Gods . Palacios argued that there was still no definitive proof of the origin of the most interesting works. In his book America Forbidden: The Crespi Collection , Palacios included a partial inventory based on photographs [15] , as many of Crespi’s objects were missing or disappeared. Palacios emphasized that the mystery surrounding the caves lies not only in the origin of the works of Father Crespi or in the alleged discovery of Morić, but also in what was done by expedition 1976 AD Palacios was convinced that at that time the secret reports were made and kept secret, photographic and cinematic evidence and that, above all, the real dimensions of the underground system were denied.

Expedition Moritz, 1969

However, the validity of these disputes retains interest in Cuevas de los Tayos . The provincial GAD of Morona Santiago took advantage of the fantastic history to promote them as «a magical place full of energy, a world reference for adventure tourism and caving.» [16] . In 2016, the last government expedition took place, although this time the goal was to shoot a documentary to promote tourism in the caves. The then Minister of Tourism Fernando Alvarado participated in the three-day expedition.

The lack of evidence for the alleged 1969 find of did not prevent Cuevas de los Tayos from continuing to be associated with the figure of Moritz, a quiet and reserved man, according to those who knew him personally. At one time, journalist Alberto Borges tried to decipher it: “There is something extremely strange in the behavior of Juan Moritz. Clearly ignorant of economic interest, free from that disease called “glory”, modest and silent, he seems to be in another dimension, beyond the human limits of any kind of selfishness” [17] .


[1] Act belongs to Dr. Gerardo Peña Matheus.

[2] EL UNIVERSO, July 30, 1976, p. 5

[3] VISTASO, August 1976, p. 115

[4] EL UNIVERSO, July 26, 1976, p. 6

[5] Erich von Däniken, History lie , Edaf 2013, p. 100

[6] EL UNIVERSO, July 1, 1976

[7] EL UNIVERSO, July 13, 1976, p. 3

[8] VISTASO, August 1976, p. 116

[9] VISTASO, September 1976, p. 87

[10] VISTASO, August 1976, p. 118

[11] EL UNIVERSO, July 30, 1976, p. 5

[12] ibid

[13] EL UNIVERSO, 27 July 1976

[14] EL UNIVERSO, 30 July 1976, p. 5

[15] Manuel Palacios, Forbidden America: Crespi Collection ,


[17] VISTASO, August 1976, p. 118


Herardo Peni Mateus, Historia Documenta DESCBRIMIMINTO de Las Cuevas de Los Tayos , 2011

016 (cartilla de divulación científica número 15), V. Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, 1977

Erich von Däniken, The story of the lie , Edaf 2013

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