"these mist covered mountains are home to me now....."
This is a very isolated retreat up in the beautiful mist covered green thickly vegetated mountains in central PR. That is primarily what makes it special. Sitting on your deck looking out at and hearing the sounds of the jungle is magical. Come here to meditate, think, read and swim. If that's what you want, this is your place. However be aware: there is very little else to do. Gentle morning yoga sessions and good massage is available. If you want TV, Internet, activities, luxury etc, this is not the place for you. The rooms are sparse, but tasteful and somehow seem right for the environment. There is no air conditioning, but again, it felt good for this setting. Nice cross breeze, with the sounds of the jungle was quite pleasant. You will be eating the food here, because there is nowhere else to get food- but it was perfectly good. Service was friendly and helpful. Internet was mostly not working-it's a satellite link which is very weather dependent and only available in the dining/lounge area. Don't come here if you need Internet all the time.
It was surprisingly difficult to find this place. We heard several stories of people getting lost and ending up on tiny dangerous roads. We actually took the Ruta Panoramico, which was very beautiful and scenic. Incredible vistas along the route, nice whole roasted pig at the roadside and surprisingly well maintained roads. Our iPhone maps really helped us not get lost. But make sure you get maps and plan your route in advance. Follow the advice of the hotel.
If you want a beautiful isolated sparse magical mountain jungle retreat, this is the place for you.
Room 8 had nice view of mountains from deck
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December 4, 2012
Thank you for your review. "El Camino" is the on premises hiking trail which ambles through the hillside forest. Ceiba and Valle form a loop that begins at a bench 15 minutes into the hike. You can opt for the recently completed Vista portion which has three steep spots where ropes make traversing easier. There's also a 3 hour guided adventure experience to a nearby waterfall. Lago Dos Bocas is a 15 minute car ride away where one can hop on the free public launch to visit the nearby restaurants open on weekends. Caguana Ceremonial Park, Arecibo Observatory, Cueva Ventana and Camuy River Cave Park are within driving distance of the retreat. There are independent local tour operators who offer zipline and river tubing activities.
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We suggest you use the bi-lingual directions on our website to find your way to Casa Grande. Googlemaps will direct you onto more precarious roads that also make the trip longer rather than shorter.
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