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Cordillera Central Mountain
Adjuntas is a mountain town in the Cordillera Central Mountain Range. It has a lovely cool climate and places to stay on your journey through the mountains. . This photo (above left) was taken looking down from the panoramic route just above Adjuntas on the way to Lake Garzas and the Guilarte Forest Reserve. Adjuntas is one of the easier mountain towns to reach due to the new road # 10 that starts in Ponce and goes to Arecibo ( except for one stretch). There are several places to stay the night.
Lago Dos Bocas near Utuado (above right). All the lakes in Puerto Rico are man made and used either to catch water, make electricity or both. There is good fishing in the lakes. (see fishing page). The municipality has a small ferry boat that takes people out on the lake on weekends and several restaurants will pick you up at the municipal dock in their whalers. (weekends). You cannot swim in the lakes of Puerto Rico due to a tropical liver parasite called Bhilharzia.
" I Just took a trip around the Cordillera Central mountains of Puerto Rico. Whenever I get a few days to do this I get happy! I spent the night in the Hotel Monte Rio in Adjuntas. What a terrific nights sleep I had. Very clean, reasonably priced and quiet. I was exhausted from driving well into the dark due to my persistence in seeing all the Toro Negro Lakes after a swim in the Coamo Hot springs!
The next morning I continued my drive up into the Guilarte Reserve. Passing beautiful Lake Garzas on the way up. The Guilarte Peak is the only one without all the radio tower paraphernalia and has a magnificent view. It's a half hour hike from the road. You can park your car at the concession and walk up. Great typical food can be bought at this concession, they open on the weekends and holidays.
I started getting dizzy with all the curves on the road so I decided to get down off the mountains and go swimming on Gilligan's Island beyond Guanica on the south coast."
The island has three international airports, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina, Mercedita Airport in Ponce, and the Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla, and 27 local airports. The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the largest aerial transportation hub in the Caribbean, and one of the largest in the world in terms of passenger and cargo movement.
Puerto Rico has 9 ports in different cities across the main island. The San Juan Port is the largest in Puerto Rico, and the busiest port in the Caribbean and the 10th busiest in the United States in terms of commercial activity and cargo movement, respectively The second largest port is the Port of the Americas in Ponce currently under expansion to increase cargo capacity to 1.5 million 20 ft. containers (TEUs) per year.
Cities and towns in Puerto Rico are interconnected by a system of roads, freeways, expressways, and highways maintained by the Highways and Transportation Authority under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and patrolled by the Puerto Rico Police Department. The island's metropolitan area is served by a public bus transit system and a metro system called Tren Urbano (in English: Urban Train). Other forms of public transportation include seaborne ferries (that serve Puerto Rico's archipelago) as well as Carros Públicos
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.
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