Away from the beach, the rugged mountainous interior of Puerto Rico has a history rooted in nature and agriculture. The Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico’s largest mountain range, runs from east to west through this region of 16 municipalities.
Its soil is rich, producing many of the island’s coffee plantations and, in Aibonito, a city so resplendent with flowers it’s known as the Garden of Puerto Rico.
Other towns in Porta Cordillera include Aguas Buenas, Cidra, Comerío, Corozal, Cayey, Naranjito, Barranquitas, Jayuya, Orocovis, Morovis, Ciales, Adjuntas, Florida, Lares, and Utuado.
San Cristóbal Canyon
A unique geological site, the San Cristóbal Canyon between Barranquitas and Aibonito is the only volcanic rift on the island, forming a deep ravine that measures 650 feet. This is a destination best reserved for serious, experienced adventurers. A reservation is required.
Toro Negro Forest
When you visit the second-highest peak in the Cordillera Central mountain range, you can expect your share of forest hikes. Stop by the ranger station on Route 143 and pick up a trail map. Among the highlights at Toro Negro are the challenging hike to the observation tower, the small but picturesque La Confesora falls and pool, and the spectacular Doña Juana waterfall. Route 143 is the main artery that runs through Toro Negro. This road is part of the Ruta Panorámica, or Panoramic Route, a scenic, winding network of roads through the central region of Puerto Rico.