Monumento Historico Cueva Maria de La Cruz

Monumento Historico Cueva Maria de La Cruz

Monumento Historico Cueva Maria de La Cruz
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Ashley
Houston, TX1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Business
I will be submitting a formal complaint to the municipio of Loiza. This cave is managed by the municipality yet the administration of the cave is unstable, not consistent, does not provide adequate safety resources, does not charge all admissions fairly nor opens nor closes at the specified times. As a tour operator this inconsistency and lack of proper administration is troublesome both to the guide working the tour and to my clients and the un professionalism and rudeness from the administrator leaves much to be desired. Not to mention that the administrator threatened my guide to lock the entrance to the cave to a natural resource that should be available for all during the times specified.

Overall either the municipality needs to change administration, fix the issues described above or our organization will no longer take customers to this cave along with prompting the media, Discover Puerto Rico, Dept of Natural Resources and other tour operators of these issues.

* I will remove my review when and only when these issues are corrected!
Written June 26, 2022
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WonderWoman94
Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico18 contributions
Jul 2018 • Business
This cave is in a local park and seemingly accessible to the public. However once I parked and arrived I was approached by locals wearing Loiza T-shirts who lead me into a building indicating that I had to pay a fee to tour the cave. Finding that all ridiculous and the behavior of "sharks" looking to take advantage of unknowing tourists I refused and left quickly. They attempted to tell me that I was unable to visit the cave without paying a fee. Meanwhile the cave is open and standing right there behind a children's playground. I drove around the corner of the park and walked on foot to the cave and went in myself. This cave is nice enough but certainly I would NEVER pay to observe it!!! What you see from the road is really all of it, and I did not like the con artist atmosphere at the park.
Written July 22, 2018
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Melissa P
Ballwin, MO12 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
We were warned by other reviewers to beware a scam, so unfortunately we went in with our guard up.
When we arrived, a gentleman escorted us to an information centre with a small collection of local artists displaying their wares.
It was about $14 for two to be toured around the site. The guide admitted that she was uncomfortable with english but did a great job explaining the highlights of the site. The price includes a short tour of the cave and a tutorial of how to create a traditional women's headscarf. The best was information about the local music la Bomba! We asked performances and were invited to see a performance of our instructor's son in Carolina, as his group, the Tambores Calientes, only had weekend performances in old San Juan.
You do not need to pay anything to view the cave, but we were happy to support the local community.
Written February 7, 2019
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JacksonFish
Charlottesville, VA32 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Depending on when you go this place may be bustling or quiet but in either case it is worth a stop. The ancient cave is interesting since you can get close (but don't touch!), especially the wild honeybees you can see whose combs are hanging from the walls. The trees and plants at this park are impressive. If you are lucky there will be a cultural demonstration, perhaps the local Afro-Caribbean bomba dancing which is unique and impressive. There are several things to do here but clearly, like a lot of P.R. they don't have a large budget so stop by to support this place but if there is not much going on, just go find another beautiful sight on the island and don't complain.
Written January 19, 2019
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melinaaguilar
Ponce, Puerto Rico76 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This might not be the most grand cave in the world, but the community works hard to make sure you have a well-rounded experience when you visit. Besides checking out the cave and learning its history, community members offer different courses from bomba dance clases, to turban course, and even a lesson on the importance of bee's. They also have a beautiful art gallery, displaying local artists, good food, and park for kids to play and adults to run. A bit of everything in one place, plus the history of this fascinating cave.
Written August 27, 2018
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LMY1465
New York City, NY4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We had a spectacular experience visiting this cave and the people of Loiza who are working there. The cave sheltered three different Indian tribes native to Puerto Rico and then Africans that escaped slavery. For many years it was desecrated by squatters and drug users, but it has recently been cleaned up and is being protected by an amazing new mayor (Julia Fuentes) and the people of Loiza who understand it's historical and geological significance. There are also fantastic classes about the bomba and plena music and dance. It is well worth the visit!
Written August 4, 2018
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lalocadr19
Hollywood, Florida6,571 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Beautiful caves, need to go in a car or taxi. Caves a little small, it has bats which was interesting, Small park area that family can enjoy. Wear comfortable shoe to be able to walk on the rock and. no fee to enter
Written January 12, 2017
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,465 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Luckily we had a good guide here else it would have been just a rock edifice.

We got the story of cave versus cavern. The geology of the area.

Natural bee hives in the cave.

Writing paper (sort of) that pre dates papyrus.

Not visibly spectacular but interesting nonetheless.
Written December 11, 2019
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Chuck carroll
Stewart, OH30 contributions
Jun 2019
The cave sheltered three different Indian tribes native to Puerto Rico and then Africans that escaped slavery. This cave is more of a large open area than a deep cave system. The cave measures 50 meters wide, 25 meters deep, and 30 meters high. Because it is open, there is light inside and you can get some photos. There are a number of bee hives on the ceiling of the cave. Also, you will find traces of candle wax where Taino religious meetings and classes teaching native culture still meet today.
Written June 19, 2019
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lizakq
Naguabo1,136 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
I'm a nature lover so for me it's definitely worth a visit if you are close by. It's a small open cave in a park but nonetheless amazing. The park has a few swings for the kids, some beautiful ceiba trees and a small kiosk where you can get something to snack on.
Written June 14, 2019
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