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.
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
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.
THE MOUNTAIN TOWNS OF PUERTO RICO
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."
in the forests, camp in Toro Negro, Cabins in Guilarte and Maricao
(see camping info)
peak in the background, hiking trail to the top, striking
view. These houses are just above Lago Garzas.
Hacienda Gripiñas in Jayuya is a real treat to stay in.
The old coffee plantation building is nicely restored and it is
one of the few nostalgic places to stay in Puerto Rico, if a bit
pricey. Good Restaurant too. You will need advance reservations
to stay here, most of the time.
is easiest to reach Toro Negro Reserve from Villaba off the south
coast highway. When you get to the top and turn right on the panoramic
road you will soon pass a 'Cabanas' restaurant with a view that
sells local food! Try some of the 'root' vegetables. Delicious!