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Cave near the town of Utuado Puerto Rico photo Clay Humphrey

Karst cave near the town of Utuado. Exclusive photo, all rights reserved.

Private tour of two, little known caves, 'La Ventana' above and 'Cueva del Indio'.

 

VIDEOS BELOW of Punta Yegua, Punta Tuna and Maunabo!

• VIEQUES OVERNIGHT PACKAGE INCLUDES BIOBAY AND BREAKFASTS AT KAMA GUESTHOUSE

GUIDED SNORKELING TRIPS

'Snorkeling Trips' with Elena. Elena offers both Beginners and Advanced Snorkeling trips with a boat to Icacos, Lobos & Palominitos Islands. Visit these lovely offshore Keys with great snorkeling, beautiful beaches.

Palominitos Island is a great stop at the end of the day! Walk around and sink
your toes into the most delicious white coral sand you've ever seen!
snorkeling Icacos key

FEEDING THE FISH ON LOBOS ISLAND REEF

RAINFOREST & PETROGLYPHS WITH A GUIDE

Hiking North side in the El Yunque rainforest. John Druitt and Island Walkers on the north side of the El Yunque Rainforest.

South side hiking in the El Yunque rainforest. Robin Phillips is a knowledgeable guide and his all day trips are very rewarding. His trips into the forest depart from the south side of the forest, # 191 above Naguabo. He offers a long hiking trip through the rainforest to a waterfall and pool.

You can also arrange a visit to the Taino Rock carvings on the river ( petroglyphs). Call Robin at 787-874-2138.

North side. There are Forest service guide trips leaving from the Palo Colorado station at the top of the North side entrance to the rainforest. Every hour on the half hour. 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

You don't need a guide to go into this gentle forest, but you do need a car. There are many paved trails on the north side (along with buses of tourists). There are many dirt trails on the south side, the quiet side of El Yunque. The path down from Casa Flamboyant takes you into the heart of the forest to a series of waterfalls with great pools to swim in.

You can benefit from a private guide. The knowledge that a naturalist guide offers is invaluable on a trip through this gentle forest.

Hiking in the Puerto Rican rain forest with Robin Phillips
hiking in the rainforest above Naguabo
This hike, with Robin, is on the south side of El Yunque.

EXPLORE THE RESERVE OF LAGOONS AND BEACHES ON ROAD # 3 JUST SOUTH OF HUMACAO PLAYA

This tiny reserve is only open Wed through Sunday until 3:30 pm. Allhough practically unknown, there are some excellent paths, wooden bridges and lagoons where very large iguanas and water birds predominate. Park your car and walk the dirt roads to the lagoons and beaches. Once you reach the first beach ( no swimming, rip tides) continue to the second along the right fork. It is the prettier beach with a few seashells. If you move quietly you will be sure to see a heron or a migrating duck. The iguanas here are huge and dive into the water as soon as you approach them. Nice, easy, level trails.

DAY AT 'SEVEN SEAS' BEACH & NATURE PATHS AND LUQUILLO BEACH

Your best beach option is Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo. Nice facilities, calm water and a restaurant. Several paths to the new 'North East Corridor Reserve' offer hours of walking and various places to swim and snorkel on your own. The public beach is guarded, the paths are in the woods, you should leave valuables at the hotel before going to any of the beaches in Puerto Rico, Culebra or Vieques.

A little further along the north coast is the town of Luquillo and its' varied beaches. Kiosks line the road and offer a variety of tasty local treats. The official Balneario de Luquillo is a long crescent beach with calm water and facilities.

SURFING LESSONS WITH BOBBY IN LUQUILLO

Bob gives private lessons by appointment only tel. 787-435-1760. He can also take you to some special surfing beaches. Lessons are great for beginners and very helpful for experienced surfers as well.

PANORAMIC DRIVES SOUTH OF FAJARDO

Follow the scenic superhighway south to the end (at Yabucoa) and then take a right and next left at the light, left again onto sea cliff road # 901 around to Maunabo. There's alot to see and several great places to eat. You can walk along the beach you see in this photo (too rough to swim) and the Maunabo beach. Punta Tuna can be visited during certain hours also ( closed Mondays and Tuesdays) . Operated by the municipality of Maunabo. More info on Panoramic Roads of Puerto Rico. .

 
 

Panoramic drive - yourself in your rental car - around the southeast tip of Puerto Rico. Eat lunch overlooking the Punta Tuna lighthouse at Bellla Vista Restaurant: view at right.

 
Looking down on Punta Tuna lighthouse in Puerto Rico

Follow the scenic superhighway to the end at Yabucoa and then take the sea cliff road # 901 around to Maunabo. There's alot to see and several great places to eat. You can walk along the beach you see in this photo (too rough to swim) and the Maunabo beach. Punta Tuna can be visited during certain hours also. Operated by the municipality of Maunabo. Panoramic Roads of Puerto Rico.

See the Consult Elena page for panoramic drive details.

For the beaches of Puerto Rico see the beaches page and for camping information, the ZOO in Mayaguez, the CAMUY CAVE PARK.

 

DAY TRIP TO CULEBRA ISLAND AND WORLD FAMOUS FLAMENCO BEACH

Fly or take the 9 AM ferry to Culebra and then the public bus to the fabulous Flamenco Beach for the day and come back on the plane or ferry. The most enjoyable way to do this is to fly over ( rougher passage on the ferry) and take the ferry back in the afternoon. 'Kayaking in Puerto Rico' offers an all inclusive kayak trip in Culebra to the offshore reefs.. meet in Culebra or Fajardo. It is a day trip and you will be back in Fajardo in the afternoon.


DAYSAILING
in the Cordillera Reserve with 'Ventajero' 52 foot yacht. 6 person max. Tel. 787-645-9129. Meet in Fajardo.

CANYONING, RAPPELING & ZIPLINING

Adventure trips into the rainforest with

Aventuras Tierra Adentro, tel 787-766-0470, fax 787-754-7543. "Canyoning Adventure: From the base of El Yunque we will "rappel" along the waterfalls, descend on two exciting ziplines, leap from rocks into the river and much more.

ACAMPA VARIETY OF TOURS Tel. 787-706-0695
BATEY ZIPLINE VARIETY ADVENTURE Tel. 787-484-3860
ECO ACTION VARIETY OF TOURS Tel. 787-791-7509 & 787-640-7385
LA MARQUESA CANOPY TOURS Tel. 787-789-1598 & 787-444-0110
YUNKE ZIPLINE ADVENTURES Tel. 787-242-3368

Article in the New York Times

HANG GLIDING AND TANDEM FLIGHTS

"We do Tandem Discovery Flights for people who just want to try flying one time from a 1440 feet high mountain top. We also teach classes in hang gliding and paragliding for those who want to learn from the ground up on our training hill". Keishya Salko E-mail:<tshg@coqui.net> Tel. 787-850-0508 and our cel is 787-645-7708


NATURE RESERVE: CABEZAS DE SAN JUAN

Cabezas de San Juan is a nature reserve operated by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. It is located on the north east tip of Puerto Rico and must be visited by prior appointment. Limited hours and fee. The trip takes several hours. You ride in a golf cart style train. You will see the view from the lighthouse, the mangroves and a rocky beach, all with a guide. Call the Conservation Trust for reservations. Telephone: 722 5882 (weekday reservations), 860 2560 (weekend reservations); Opening time: Wednesday to Sunday, advance reservations are required. English language tours 1:30 pm; Admission: US $7? (adults), US$2 (children)

Here is a government website that offers a list ( and links) to all the historic sites in Puerto Rico. Historic Sites.

HORSE RACES AT EL COMANDANTE

Enjoy the horse races? El Comandante offers horse races and the clubhouse is a cool place to eat and to watch the races. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 2:30 to 6 PM. Sundays to 6:30 PM. Free Admission.

HORSEBACK RIDING AT PALMAS DEL MAR RESORT

Just past the town of HUMACAO, on the south side, is the stables in Palmas del Mar. They offer several trail rides with guides. Excellent reviews Palmas has an equestrian center - Rancho Buena Vista, which offers trail rides through a tropical landscape and down to the beach. No experience needed, guided tours available or ride on your own!
For more information and reservations call 787.479.7479.

THE OLD CITY OF SAN JUAN

Old San Juan offers excellent walking around the old cobblestone streets and the massive forts of El Morro and San Cristobal. Debbie Molina, 'Legends of Puerto Rico' offers a guided tour, mornings at 10 AM and her unique 'Night Tales' and 'Night Tasting' tours in the evening.

SOUTH COAST OF PUERTO RICO

Gilligans Island in Guanica is a great little boat trip from the dock in Guanica and you can explore the scenic lighthouse area in nearby Cabo Rojo. Plus the mini Porta Coeli museum in San German.

Coamo Hot Springs are on the way to Ponce.

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Golden Heron Ecotours was featured in the January 15 Issue of 'American Way Magazine', American Airlines in-flight magazine.

Also featured in the La Times article January 25, 2004 about Golden Heron Ecotours




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