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Guanica Dry Forest

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Address: Route 334, Guanica, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-821-5706
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: The Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica...
The Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica, in Spanish) is an great example of a dry forest, as compared to the rain forests found elsewhere on the island. Covering almost 1,000 acres, it has been designated as a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The forest offers many well-maintained trails and is a bird-watcher’s paradise.
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Unexpected beauty in the Carribean

When thinking of forest Puerto Rico or the Carribean in general, one pictures the lush greens of tropical forests such as El Yunque. The Guanica Dry Forest is a hidden gem on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2012
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Brooklyn
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

When thinking of forest Puerto Rico or the Carribean in general, one pictures the lush greens of tropical forests such as El Yunque. The Guanica Dry Forest is a hidden gem on the island. I went there to help with a conservatory project, having never heard of the place before. The cacti and small trees vegetation, lying on a bed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

We got here later in the afternoon and were disappointed to learn that the gates close in the early evening. We only got to explore one trail in the main northern part of the park. However, the trails in the southern part of the park (along the coast) are not gated and were accessible even after the main part of... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

You can rent a bike to enjoy this forest. Don't forget to be hydrated, is really dry! Temperatures in October vary heat up 100F or a little more. Looking up into some of the larger trees, and you may notice the impressive brown nests of termites and their covered trails along the branches. You can see hermit crab too, be... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This dry forest will introduce you to an amazing diversity of the flora and birds of Puerto Rico. Get plenty water with yoou, early morning are the best or late afternoon for birdwatching. Many endemics birds by the trail area. (endemic is PR only) If you go to the end of the forest taking the route that will finish at... More 

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San German, Puerto Rico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Forest beutiful the gide not so good he new what he was talking but to long speach and you cant walk most of the places you like to explore

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Concord, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I felt that it was a little hard to find at first because not all roads are well marked, and it seems like you are on a one-lane road for most of the way up. There are several hiking trails you can take, and there is an informational station where you can get a map and informational pamphlet about animals... More 

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Salinas, Puerto Rico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is one of the driest places in Puerto Rico. The nature is amazing. You have to be able to walk for long periods of time. Must bring water to drink through the trails. Don't forget the camera. Lots of flora and fauna very common and segregated only in this area.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Great view at the top, specially if you take the route closest to the ocean. A few secluded beaches along the way make it more intresting. Bring sun block and lots of water, it is a DRY forest...Hot...but I like it, specially doing the trail on a Mountain Bike :)

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Good place to explore, take pictuers and make some exercise

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

For mountain bikers, the Dry Forest can be challenging. We took a particular route, 5 miles up hill and ended around playa Tamarindo overlooking the cliffs. Absolutely breathtaking in all sense of the word. Challenging to any level but very rewarding at the end, soaking up at the beach.

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