Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Recap- Honeymoon Day 3:

Up with the rainforest, bright and early again! :)
The fruit plates Shirley at Casa Flamboyant puts together are simple and divine. The freshest, most perfect local fruit on the planet. Ahhh....

She also makes some ridiculously delicious breakfasts. A ham and broccoli quiche and a tomato jalapeno quiche. :)

We had intentions of visiting the Rio Camuy Caves, but when we arrived around 11a, the park was completely full- we were told to come back later, but when we returned, there was a line of cars waiting to get in.... Not our scene. So we hopped over to Lares to snag some fancy ice cream!

They boast over 120 flavors! I got arroz con dulce (sweet rice) and maiz (corn).  Joe got sweet potato and pumpkin! :)

In our research we had learned of a nearby DIY cave (without guides or parking lots or entrance fees) called Cueva Ventana and decided to check it out, since Rio Camuy was so jam-packed. Boy are we glad we did! We parked in a nearby Texaco station parking lot and hoofed it on the nearby foot trail. There was a decent incline for the first 15-20 minutes of the walk, and some gorgeous vegetation! 
Wild lantana! Beautiful!  

About 30 mins in, we came across the entrance to the cave. Yep- my husband carries my pink backpack. That's love.

This cave is DARK. As in, DO NOT enter without a flashlight-dark. We were prepared with our headlamps and offered to share our light with a few unprepared hikers. There are a few large chambers with small side rooms upon immediate entrance. It takes a bit of poking around to figure out which way to go. Eventually, we saw a light in the distance, and when we got closer, we realized it was the ventana (window).

This cave opens up onto the side of a mountain overlooking a valley and river. A. MAZING.

Not for the faint of heart- Joe went down to get a closer look.

It's kind of hard NOT to do a SuperWoman pose- it's like being on top of the world!

We headed back to the entrance but noticed another cave entrance and decided to scope that one out, too!

This one was a bit more intense...

We made it out in one piece (the hole in the roots behind us was the exit from the cave- would YOU go in there?) :o

We were STARVING after all that hiking, so we splashed around a bit on the beach at Arecibo and then went to Salitre for dinner. 

The view from the back patio. Stunning.

I got baked something (MahiMahi? Kingfish?) with yuca fries and a tamarind sauce.

Joe got baked something else (a white fish) with a Caribbean mash (yuca, sweet potato...) and a mango sauce. 

 The food was great, paired with what was probably the most amazing sunset I've ever seen...


Tips from Day 3:

-DO YOUR RESEARCH! We found www.puertoricodaytrips.com to be extremely helpful!

-Have a backup plan, or a GPS!


Julie D. said...

oh my word, keelie. those pics are amazing...the food, the hikes, the scenery. Gorgeous!! looks like a piece of heaven.

Keelie Sheridan said...

Thanks, Julie! It was amazing! Definitely go if you ever get the chance! :)

Liz said...

That all looks AMAZING! Especially the views & the food :)

Keelie Sheridan said...

:) Thanks, Liz! Doing these posts makes me want to go back NOW!

Esther said...

Haha, so I'm going to sound like a total creeper here, but I started following your blog from some other healthy living blogs, and was looking at these pics and realized...I know your husband! We lived a couple of blocks away from each other when we were in elementary school. Just very random and small-world-ish.

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