Guajataca Forest Reserve

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Maureen M
7 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
The Guajataca State Forest is worth the effort it takes to get there. From the north take route 2 to route 446 and go south. The road becomes narrow and curvy. Once at the park check in with the office. It’s free to hike the park, but they took our name and noted the trail we intended to hike. Bathrooms are available near the office but may be locked. The park attendant on hand when we arrived was friendly. However, he did not speak English and we do not speak Spanish. If you’re hiking the interpretive trail be sure to take a picture of the map before you start the hike. There’s no internet service at parts of the trail.
Written February 3, 2022
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Brad S
Union Pier, MI287 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
No, this is not hard to find. On PR2 east go past the Isabela Centro intersection and continue to PR 446. Turn right and just stay on 446 South and you will reach the ranger station. Yes, the park is technically closed, but there are no fences preventing you from setting out on the trails. Between the ranger station and the big park entrance sign, go left on trail 5, the Interpretive Trail. Very quickly to your right is a short trail to an observation platform that is missing guardrails, so no small kids. Go back to trail 5 and continue to the right. Continue to the next major junction. This is important. Veer right and go maybe 50 feet where the signs are located. If you stay left and low you return to the ranger station. At the upper junction, follow the signs to continue on trail 5. Go to trail 1 which is clearly marked and continue to the cave entrance. The stairs and platforms are collapsing. No recent maintenance. We did fine holding on with both hands and staying to the supported edges of the stairs, but the park put up fences, which are torn back, because of the stair condition. You can descend into the cave and walk around if you brought flashlights. Cell phones won't cut it. Hike back to the junction of trails 1 and 5, but this time turn left and follow interpretive trail 9 back to 446 and the ranger station. No fee, no rangers, no bathrooms, no trail maintenance, but easily walkable.
Written March 5, 2022
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Kendra J
Robinson43 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We hiked to a cave and went down some scary stairs to get to the cave. It was very neat to see. I think the preserve is actually closed but the rangers saw us and didn’t stop us from hiking. The road up is so narrow you have to honk all the way or crash into a car coming the other direction.
Written July 17, 2022
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JibaroTraveller
Athens, TX98 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
What a beautiful forest. We were looking for a low stress place to take a walk. This place delivered. It is relatively flat with wide trails. The trees shade the path which is great on a hot day. We saw many birds and I got a video of a Puerto Rican coocoo bird ( don't know it's real name, that's what it is known as). We also saw many interesting trees.

We walked for about an hour and probably saw less than ten per cent of the forest. My wife has bad knees so it was a good walk for her.

There are picnic tables and BBQ grills with restrooms nearby and room for the kids to play. There is a huge BBQ area for a large group. Looks like fun. Please pick up your trash.

There are many trails here. Some have "MTB" mountain bike signs. We went during the week and there were very few other people there. The road coming from PR22 is a nice drive, going by houses with farm animals, etc. There is signage on the road for the park. Google maps was helpful. On the last road, turn left at the Job Corp Center.

This is a good place for low impact and high impact activity. I talked to an Iron Man Participant who likes to run here.
Written February 13, 2017
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ROSEAUSTIN
Austin, Texas231 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
It was nice and sunny when we started the hike to the wind caves (cuevas de viento) and of course after 5 minutes it started pouring.. I'm talking tsunami style rain, while our rain jackets were in the car. It rained the entire time we were there (over 3 hours). By the time we got to the cave we were drenched, I had to twist my clothes to get the water out!! The caves are dry, thank goodness! If you are going, be sure to take good hiking shoes as the trails are very muddy and slippery. There are stairs down to the caves, but once there you will encounter total darkness! We took headlamps, which were sufficient! The place is amazing, very cool caves with bats everywhere!! They were flying about 1ft and up above our heads. You could see tons of bats sleeping on the cave ceiling. Don't go without flash lights or with flip flops please! It was nice walking in the jungle, drenched while you heard the skys roar with thunder.. When we went on a Monday there was no one at all in the caves! We saw one family on the trail, but that's it.. your on your own here.
Written November 13, 2014
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Javier R
New Brunswick, NJ11 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Guajataca is an amazing place as far as tropical forests go. We went there on advice of a friend and had my cousin who knows Puerto Rico well drive us. The roads are winding, mountainous and in some places very steep. Some of the roads have no railings so they could be dangerous. There are many signs asking individuals to honk the horn when going around a curve as traffic comes from both ways. Overall the drive to the forest is very relaxed and cool.

The state forest is not for everybody. Some of the trails are difficult to climb and get through. A few of the trails take a number of hours to get to the designated points. The place is well marked with signs and color coding. There is a huge biodiversity within this small area. If you like hiking, birdwatching, or just like the stillness and coolness of the forest this is for you. It may not be the best place to bring little kids. There is an office we can check in, and restroom facilities. This place is not wheelchair friendly. If you are in a wheelchair or scooter you can go up and down the main road which is paved and is a nice stroll especially for picture taking. You can find Puerto Rican boas and other nonpoisonous snakes as well as many plants and insects.

The park closes at dawn so get there early to make the best of your experience.

Tips:
Bring Plenty of Drinking Water
Bring Protein Snacks
Make Sure Your Car Is in Working Condition
Wear Comfortable Shoes or Boots
If You're Going to Visit the Cave Bring a Flashlight
Written August 7, 2014
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Sandra M
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico290 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Loved walking the well kept trails, signs to direct you to Cueva del Vuento are easy to follow. There is an observation tower off the trail and an observation deck right on the trail. We heard qute a few birds along the way. The hike on trail #1 is fairly easy except for the cave entrance itself which is not terrible but is steep, however handrails are installed for safety. Do bring water and powerful flashlights, the cave is fairly large and there are many interesting formations to explore. The cave is completely dark once you take a couple of steps away from the entrance. This forest is in the karst region, terrain in the trails as well as inside the cave is uneven and may be slippery so bring appropiate shoes. Allow 2-3 hours to walk, explore and return.
Written July 27, 2014
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IslaVerde8D
Fairfax, VA34 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
Warning if you go on this hike and plan to go to the Cueva del Viento, take some powerful flashlights! Our phone flashlights were totally incapable of lighting the huge capacity of the cave!While we were shedding the cold weather in Puerto Rico, the month of January (2014) (we are natives of the island but long time residents in the US) my sister, owner of the only gourmet cheeses made in P.R.(Vaca Negra,,another great activity to do while you visit the island) invited us to spend couple of days in her villa in Isabela. One of the days we were there she invited us to go and hike with her in the Guajataca Forest Reserve. The road to the forest was beautiful, with huge bamboo trees, large ferns hanging over the road, windy curves as I remembered most of the roads being when I lived in the island. Honking the horn was not noise pollution but a necessity since the road in many of the stretches could only accommodate one vehicle. After traveling for about 20 minutes which seemed as an hour, we arrived at the Forestry Register. One of friendly guides, from the Forestry Division met us and explained to us our options in the trail and cautions we needed to heed. We wanted to go to the Cueva del Viento, so we began our climb and descends as we began our hike. It took us (3 of us) around 40 minutes to arrive at the opening of the cave walking slow and admiring the vegetation and the cliffs! Follow the sign or you will end up in the next town! When we arrived at the cave we had to descend through a steep ladder which is in need of repair!, Carefully we kept on descending. The cave is HUGE and magnificent with many stalagmites and stalactites. Our phone flashlight were totally inefficient to explore the cave, so we stayed only where the outside rays of light could illuminate the cave! There were bats and we could see them fly once in a while! The cave is amazing, but take a powerful flashlight. We are planning to return better armed for the experience!
Written February 7, 2014
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barndoors
Ny109 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
We drove to guajatica forest to walk on the interactive trail. The road into the forest is narrow and winds upwards through forest and quaint neighborhoods. The road is so narrow that it can barely accommodate one lane of traffic let alone the two way traffic it carries. It is important to follow directions and honk as you go around the sharp curves to avoid an accident. Bring water, wear. Good shoes, and remember your flashlight (our cell phone flashlight apps were inadequate). This attraction is a national park and it is free of charge!

When we arrived at the beginning of the trail, the information center was closed. We read the map and headed on trail one to the interpretive trail/cave of the wind. After about an hour, we reached a steep set of Wooden stairs that leads down to the cave opening. The trees surrounding it were huge and had roots growing down into the cave. This cave was a wonder. There were 2 large rooms with beautiful rock formations. We were unable to fully explore the inside as our flashlights were not strong enough. Some of the people that were there before us shined their lights on the inner walls for us. This is a natural unlighted place. A treasure! There were restless bats inside and one woman showed us a picture of a scorpion she saw on the cave walls. This place was so cool better than the commercialized rio camuy caves although on a smaller scale and more difficult to get to. On the hike out, we climbed up to an observation tower to view the surrounding hills and valley. This is the karst region so the hills were uniquely shaped an interesting to look at. On the way out, we stopped for lunch at a local restaurant (very good chicken burrito) Highly recommended for a day of adventure off the beaten path.
Written December 29, 2013
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ayalafishpr
Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico2 contributions
May 2014 • Family
This park was impressive. Very secluded and off the beaten path which we like. Strayed off the path after Cueva de Viento and ended up following trail#4 till we got to road 446 and walked another mile and 1/2 to the car. Thank goodness we packed a hearty lunch, snacks, and water - we needed it! We want to go back and explore more of the trails but can't find much information online. Would love suggestions.
Written May 26, 2014
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