You`ll have to climb 500+ steps from the parking area, but if you`re on crutches, they`ll drive you up. (thanks Carlos).
At the top, you`ll find this visitor center, complete with scientific explanations of what goes on here. They also show a `day in the life` movie, in Spanish on the hour, in English on the half hour.
After 30 minutes of winding roads after passing the town of Arecibo, this is the first view.
It seems surreal, I`m looking around for James Bond or Doctor Evil to appear. (portions of `Goldfinger` were filmed here)
Fondest memory: Now you`ve read about it inside the visitor center, it's time to open the door to see the parabolic dish in person!
Fondest memory: One of the three support towers. They average 300 ft in height, and were built in an average of 20 days each!
Fondest memory: Then you`ll reach the gate, only open for four hours a day from Wednesday through Friday... a few more on weekends.....
Favorite thing: One of the most important things when visiting Arecibo, besides a visit to its historical zone, is to see the orld largest radio-telescope in the rural barrio of La Esperanza.