Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Trip Start May 18, 2007
Trip End May 27, 2007

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Friday, May 18, 2007

San Juan was much more Americanized than I had imagined.  While I was sure there would be all of the comforts of home if you looked hard enough, I didn't expect them to dominate the landscape as they did.  We checked into the Condado Plaza Hotel and were pleased to find out we were upgraded to an ocean-front room.  This hotel was a fine luxurious change of pace for us who normally search out the budget rooms.  The hotel had all of the amenities you could need and then some.  The recently remodeled decor was contemporary and the staff was very friendly.  We ate at Yerba Buena that night at the recommendation of our guide book.  The food and the service were exceptional, but a bit pricey.  "Pricey" will be a reoccurring theme as we would come to realize.  The next morning we rose at 4:45 for a Spelunking Adventure.  We were to visit the Rio Camuy Cave system with the assistance of Rossano and the group at Adventuras.  The 250 foot repel down to the mouth of the cave was Adventure enough, but since we were down there we continued into the damp, dark underworld.  The cave system removes the stereotype of caving.  There were a few tight spots to squeeze through, but the majority of this adventure was walking upright or climbing over boulders that blocked our path.  The formations were massive, and very clearly seen by the special lighting attached to the helmets of our guides.  After several hours in the cave we rounded the corner to see the mouth of the cave staring back at us.  This was probably the best adventure tour I have ever done.  We were exhausted and rested up for our drive to Rincon on the west coast of the island in the morning.
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