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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
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The Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de...

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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Great hiking spot

We have been many times at the Guanica dry forest, which one can explore depending on own fitness. We have been at the bat caves (difficult to find), have walked the regular paths... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
66Norbert
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Gottmadingen, Germany
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Gottmadingen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been many times at the Guanica dry forest, which one can explore depending on own fitness. We have been at the bat caves (difficult to find), have walked the regular paths or just walked further east of playa Tamarindo. One is for sure: You will not have too many other tourists around you...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Love this forest! As a local I am use to thick vegetation and humid forest but here I felt like in another country ! The vegetation is alien and great! Is hot but the ocean breeze will help you! There is a trail that end in a nearby beach! Two big bottles of water ok !!!!

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Thank Ferdinand C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Great for hiking. Must take water and electrolyte beverages, the weather is very hot and the humidity is high. Maps provided are strip maps, not so motivating on that. No guides.

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Thank Juan R
Madison, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The Guanica Dry Forest in the southwest of Puerto Rico is a very different experience from that of El Yunque in the northeast. We only spent a couple hours covering the upper trail (even then it is a little hard to follow on the maps given by the ranger). We got what we expected; a hot, dry day but with... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

I loved all the butterflies and 7 different kind and 100 or more we saw It was great to get out of the heat and go for a walk And the neat old tree was a cool omage

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Thank John B
Minnetonka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

We hiked through the Dry Forest and it wasn't anything special. Maybe it was just a bad time of year.

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Thank blueneoncafe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Remarkable to have such a different kind of forest so close to el Yunque! Although we visited during a rare rainy season, resulting in various parts of the park being closed to ensure the reproductive safety of endangered endemic species, we were still able to appreciate the different landscape, explore a few trails, and enjoy a beach near the forest.... More 

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Thank Alicia F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

The forest is made up of a variety of shrubs, trees, and cacti, which are all adapted to heat and hardly any rain. You can walk through trails and enjoy the vegetation as well as the ocean view since the forest is on a cliff. It was very educational.

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Thank lisette r
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Just go. If you like hiking, this is a must. It is a diferent type of forest. You will enjoy it. Bring your ouwn food.

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Guayama, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

The official trail at the visitor center is very long to get to the Fort Capron. However you enjoy the forest. Get 2lts or more of water, sunblock and mosquito repellent. Kt is an extreme hike but the views and trails are spectacular. Plan and go. You will love it. The view from the fort is awesome.

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