Black Bull Forest Reserve
he Black Bull Forest Reserve (Toro Negro Forestal Reserva) covers 7000ac/2834ha of land including Puerto Rico's highest peaks, including Cerro Punto, Puerto Rico's highest point. Most of the forest is second or third growth woods, as the lands were cultivated for coffee growth until reforestation began in the 1930s. While this is not a bird watching region (only 30 recorded species) there are more than 20 different types of frogs and reptiles and 8 species of bats to be found in the Black Bull Forest Reserve. The Doña Juana Recreation center offers a camping and picnic area, as well as maps for hiking trails.
A group of large rocks lying on a hilltop, Mirador La Piedra Degetau offers views of mountainous Puerto Rico and the Atlantic and Caribbean Ocean. A lookout tower at Mirrador La Piedra Degetau adds some height and on clear days the view seems to extend forever. Located not far from Aibonito, this is definitely worth a stop for visitors who are in the area. There are shaded areas with picnic tables, as well as washroom facilities on site.
ooking for a scenic driving adventure while in Puerto Rico? The Panoramic Route (Ruta Panoramica) is a wonderful option. Stretching roughly over 190km / 120 miles, the Panoramic Route (Ruta Panoramica) is a combination of over 40 of Puerto Rico's secondary highways along the spine of the island's mountain range and through the Cordillera Central.
It starts in Mayaguez on the West Coast and finishes up in Yabucoa in the Southeast. As the name Panoramic Route (Ruta Panoramica) suggests, the views are truly spectacular, be sure to bring lots of film or extra memory for your camera.
Jayuya (population 15,527) was founded in 1883. The town of Jayuya, area 38.4sq.mi / 101sq.km, is a former coffee-growing center. Today it is a hillside resort with an agreeable climate.
Jayuya is named after a local Indian chief, Hayuya, and is a center for indigenous crafts made primarily from wood. Visitors come from far and wide to look at the amazing variety of well made items for sale. Locally, Jayuya has a nickname of "La Capital Indigena" so be aware of this when asking for directions to the town.
Jayuya is located high in the mountains in the 7,000 acre Toro Negro Forest Reserve and near Puerto Rico's highest mountain point, Cerro de Punta at 4389 ft / 1338 meters.