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THE YUNQUE NATIONAL FOREST
According to ancient Indian Legend, the good spirit 'Yuquiyu' ( or 'Yokahu' ) reigned on his mighty mountain-top throne, protecting Puerto Rico and its people.This tropical 'Rain forest' occupies very little area in Puerto Rico, only a single, crescent shaped, band on the windward side of the El Yunque mountains. It lies wholly within the El Yunque National Forest Reserve. The actual rainforest is at the top, you must drive to the top of the road and hike up to see the cloud or dwarf forest.
Lighthouse Punta Tuna
Punta Tuna Light is a historic lighthouse located in the southeast of the town of Maunabo, Puerto Rico on a sharp promontory at the southeastern most point of the island. It was first lit in 1892 and automated in 1989. The light was a third order lighthouse that served as primary light connecting the island's southern and eastern lights system.
Natural Reserve Inés Mendoza
In reaching this natural area you believe that the Sierra Pandura kneels before the force of the waves of the Caribbean Sea. Such is the beauty of Punta Yeguas, with three ropes or tip of sedimentary rock that are imposed on small sandy beaches.
Humid forests that cover the cliffs between the capes will be one of the first impressions of this diverse landscape, which changes to pasture amidst meadows and ravines that make their topography one of the most spectacular views of Puerto Rico. From the top of the reserve you can be seen to the east Vieques Island and to the west the Sierra Pandura, which rises in front of your horizon.
Adentrándote in this landscape you could find up to some 85 species of plants, 37 species of birds, 8 species of reptiles, 6 amphibians and 4 invertebrates that have been documented in this book. One of the most significant species of flora is the Ortegón an evergreen tree endemic to Puerto Rico and endangered which is limited to the southeast. Come and see this tree, whose protected population here is the largest in a reserve in Puerto Rico.
And where the name of Punta Yeguas out? This comes from the use that was given after the southern boundary of place where neighbors still tend to leave their horses grazing. However, the official name of this natural area honors Dona Ines Maria Mendoza, teacher, educator, writer and civic, social and political leader, who was the wife of Luis Muñoz Marín, the first elected governor of Puerto Rico (1949 thru 1964 ). Dona Ines was a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, being a pioneer of the conservation and protection of the nature of our islands.
Lighthouse of the Heads (Cabezas) in San Juan
The Cape San Juan Light, the second oldest of the island, is located off Cape San Juan to Fajardo. The construction of the lighthouse, which had begun in 1877, had to stop for budget reasons and began again in 1880, following a few seconds flat. The work was completed in 1882.
The structure, neoclassic style, is rectangular and measures 30 x 15.5 x 6.6 meters. The main facade has a portico entrance in the form of a triumphal arch and four arched windows. The structure is surrounded by an elaborate cornice with the inscription 1880, when it first opened. The cylindrical tower is 13.35 meters high to the upper level of the flashlight and has a wrought iron staircase. The original lantern this lighthouse illuminated third order within 18 miles.
The structure was damaged during Hurricane San Ciprian 1932 and in the 1940 and 1950 alterations were made inside the building. In 1975 an automatic lighting system was installed and currently still running.
Today, the lighthouse is part of the Natural Reserve of San Juan Cabezas, which is under the administration of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. Under the leadership of this organization, in 1989 they began the restoration work of the lighthouse, which ended in 1991. Since then the lighthouse is one of the attractions of the reserve.
The ruins Hacienda Santa Lucia in Yabucoa
According to documentary sources and oral history, economic development of the southeast region was traditionally dominated by the production of sugar cane. Between 1853 and 1860 the Yabucoa Valley had six (6) sugar estates such as: 1. Laura, 2. Pilar, 3. Black, 4. El Nuevo Cerro, 5. The Union and 6. Lucia . These farms were the most important industries of the time. Therefore, they were linked to the social, economic, urban and cultural social growth of the municipality.
Natural Reserve Vida Silvestre in Humacao
On the east coast of the municipality of Humacao,Puerto Rico, known as "Capita of the East". Among the main attractions of the town such as the Cayo Santiago island, or Isla de Monos(Island of Apes) and the Astronomical Observatory, is the first Natural Reserve Ecotourism in Puerto Rico.In about an hour by road PR-3 arrived at the Humacao Nature reserve, formerly called "Wildlife Refuge". Admission, free of charge, read "INECOH" (Eco-Tourism Initiative Humacao)
Bioluminescent Bay Fajardo
A bioluminescent bay is the result of a delicate ecosystem. Bioluminescent bays only flourish when tiny cells called dinoflagellates (bahamense Pyrodinium) thrive in a protected environment. When shaken, the organisms release energy as light. In other words, they glow, emitting a neon green ethereal aura. And the same goes with everything they touch: fish, hands, rowing boats, even raindrops.
Bioluminescence exists worldwide, but there are only a few bioluminescent bays on our planet ... and one of them is in Fajardo *!
** Reach Laguna Grande in Fajardo is easy. You can drive to the boat ramp at the end of Route 987, where he will meet with their tour guides. Tours start at dusk with a vigorous kayak trip through a mangrove swamp, heading a large and quiet bay. Suddenly, you begin to see that everything that moves in-the-water fish, his oar and even raindrops an ethereal beauty shines with ***. Visit our bioluminescent bay is an unforgettable experience that stands out among the many tours through Puerto Rico.
Paseo Tablado El Malecón de Nagüabo
The “Malecón de Naguabo” also referred as Naguabos’s Waterfront is a facing the Caribbean Sea, known for its fresh seafood restaurants and kiosks. Many Puertorican vendors have the Local Favorite Dishes for the Locals and Tourists. there is Free Parking and everything you are looking for to have a Great Time eating and with the Best Views.