Mountain Biking Through Pinones Reserve

Despite the fact that Puerto Rico is an island with a sizable population, there are a number of great nature reserves to be found here. The Piñones Reserve is one such protected area that is perfect for an afternoon’s distraction. Operated by the Department of Natural Resources, which is a government department, the reserve covers large areas of subtropical forest, mangrove swamp and beach. It is frequented by both foreigners and locals for a variety of reasons and is the perfect addition to any trip to Puerto Rico.

There are two things that the Piñones Reserve is well known for – mountain biking and sea turtles. There is a leisurely mountain biking trail that leads through the reserve and which allows visitors to enjoy the rich variety of the reserve without too much effort. The mountain bikes are often part of the package and those from out of town or from other countries need not worry too much about organizing a bicycle for themselves. At the starting point you will not only meet your guide but you will be provided with a mountain bike and other necessary gear and be told about how to use the equipment before setting off. Of course it helps if you have ridden a bicycle before because, while your guide may be certified to help you get better acquainted with your bike and the surrounding natural environment, he certainly won't have the time or patience needed to help you learn to find your balance and there are no trainer wheels available. The trail takes you along an ocean boardwalk before heading off along mangrove trails and is roughly eight miles in length. The terrain is relatively flat and guests can take a quick swim at the end of the trail before returning to their starting point at the pier. It is definitely well worth the effort as this trail will enable you to enjoy some of the best marshland views on the island.

Apart from the spectacular scenery, you should also be aware of the fact that the Piñones Reserve is often used by sea turtles as a nesting site. Some hotels will encourage you to search out these nests but this is not recommended as it may disturb this delicate natural process. Instead, respect the environment, pack plenty of sunscreen and water and enjoy the views available at the Piñones Reserve!

 


User Comments & Reviews: 2 Comment(s)

Page 1 of 1

PuertoRico.com Team - 2010-03-05 07:08:51

Hi Lisa, Thank you for visiting PuertoRico.com. The Pinones Reserve is run by the Puerto Rican Department of Natural Resources and you can contact them via their website at - http://www.drna.gobierno.pr/

Reply to this comment

Lisa Davidson - 2010-03-03 22:13:23

How do I book this mountain bike trek/tour in Pinones? http://www.puertorico.com/reserves/pinones-reserve/ Please give me a website or phone number. Thanks.

Reply to this comment

>> Back to Top





Combine Flights?












Password Reminder

Or sign in using one of the following providers:

Latest Travel Articles

Puerto Rico's Annual Culinary Extravaganza

Saborea Puerto Rico is promoted as 'A Culinary Extravaganza' and visitors who have been to this.... read more

The Carnivorous Plants of Tortuguero Lagoon

Situated between the municipalities of Manatí and Vega Baja, the Tortuguero lagoon covers an a.... read more

The Spectacular Islands of Culebra, Culebrita and Luis Peña

Consisting of a main island and twenty-three smaller islands, the archipelago of Culebra is a m.... read more

Birds of Puerto Rico: Bananaquits

Bananaquits (Coereba flaveola) are small birds found in a variety of habitats in Puerto Rico, i.... read more

Take a Stroll Through the San Juan Botanical Garden

Covering an area of 300-acres, 75 of which are open to the public, the San Juan Botanical Garde.... read more

More Articles