Welcome to Toro Negro Forestry Reserve

The beautiful Toro Negro Forest Reserve is situated between Adjuntas and Jayuya, along the renowned Ruta Panoramica. Encompassing some 2 834 hectares in the Central Cordillera, Toro Negro Forest Reserve (or Black Bull Forest Reserve) takes in Puerto Rico’s highest peak, Cerro La Punta (1 338 m). Boasting exquisite views and fascinating wildlife, Toro Negro is a must for visitors to the island of Puerto Rico.

Toro Negro Rainforest - Puerto Rico

Toro Negro Forest Reserve serves an important role in soil and water conservation. Annual precipitation is between 2 031 and 2919 mm, whilst annual temperatures range from 19.4 to 25 degrees Celsius. The area is known for its rich plant life including the Sierra Palm, which swathes the majority of the Toro Negro forest. The land was originally used for coffee plantations until the 1930s when a program of reforestation was commenced. The Toro Negro Forest Reserve is home to some 30 bird species (6 of which are endemic), as well as a variety of frogs and reptiles.

North of Ponce, Toro Negro Forest Reserve (tel. 787/867-3040) lies along the Cordillera Central, the cloud-covered, lavish focal mountain chain that traverses Puerto Rico’s spine from the southeast town of Yabucoa right to outside Mayagüez on the west coast. This 7,000-section of land (2,833-hectare) park, ideal for climbers, rides the most noteworthy pinnacle of the Cordillera Central at the actual heart of Puerto Rico, very close to the halfway point among east and west drifts. A backwoods of rich trees, the save likewise contains the headwaters of a few primary waterways and lakes, and has a few smashing cascades. The hold lies at the boundaries of four mountain towns: Villalba, Jayuya, Adjuntas and Orocovis.

The most minimal temperatures recorded on the island – some 40°F (4°C) – were estimated at Lake Guineo, the island’s most noteworthy lake, which exists in the save. The best path to take here is a short, cleared, and fiendishly steep way on the north side of Rte. 143, going up toward the south side of Cerro de Punta, which at 4,390 feet (1,338m) is the most noteworthy top on Puerto Rico. Permit about thirty minutes for a rising. Once at the top, you’ll be remunerated with Puerto Rico’s most amazing perspective, clearing across the rich inside from the Atlantic to the Caribbean coasts. Different mountains in the hold likewise offer climbing prospects. The hold traverses a few particular sorts, including a sierra palm woodland, which in spots shapes a total overhang from the sun, and a precipitous cloud timberland, with overshadowed, yet dynamically green plants and trees.

Dona Juana Falls - Puerto Rico

Dona Juana Falls – Puerto Rico

The fundamental access to the timberland is at the Doña Juana sporting facility, which has a pool loaded up with cold water from the mountain streams, a cookout territory, and a provincial campsite. An adjoining café presents Puerto Rican grilled chicken and pork and other neighborhood delights. Many climbing trails begin from this territory. Outstanding amongst other is a 2-mile (3.2km) journey to a perception post and the great 200-foot (61m) Doña Juana Falls.

Jayuya lies north of the hold, yet to get to it, you should restore east along Rte. 143 to Rte. 149, and take that north, farther into the focal mountains to Rte. 144, which you’ll reclaim west to get to the town. This is a delightful region, loaded up with old espresso bequests and lavish mountain woodland. The nearby parador is a country motel based on the grounds of an old espresso ranch (Parador Hacienda Gripiñas), which is probably the best spot to remain in Puerto Rico’s inside. There’s likewise a fine café on the grounds. Worked by a Spanish espresso noble over 150 years prior, the reestablished manor home is encircled by nurseries and espresso fields.

Jayuya is likewise known for the relics discovered here from Puerto Rico’s Taíno past. Off Rte. 144 is La Piedra Escrita, the Written Rock, an enormous rock alongside a stream, with Taíno petroglyphs cut into the stone. It’s a brilliant cookout spot. Jayuya likewise has a yearly Indigenous Festival in November, which consolidates local artworks with music and food. The Cemi Museum, Rte. 144 Km 9.3 (tel. 787/828-1241), around has an assortment of Taíno stoneware and cemís, special necklaces sacrosanct to the island’s native people groups. The neighboring Casa Museo Canales, Rte. 144 Km 9.4 (tel. 787/828-1241), is a reestablished nineteenth century espresso ranch home with intriguing displays. The two exhibition halls charge $1 for grown-ups and 50¢ for youngsters and are open from 9am to 3pm consistently.

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