Coffee farms, waterfalls, and caverns are part of the magic of Ciales.
Ciales is a picturesque and peaceful coffee town located in Puerto Rico's Central Mountain Range and surrounded by thick vegetation. Here are a few of the things you should do when you visit.
Waterfalls and Forests
If you like to be in touch with nature, take a walk through town to reach Las Delicias Falls, in the photogenic Tres Picachos State Forest, which looks like it was plucked from a tropical fairytale. The road to the waterfalls is long and has many curves but, once there, the effort will be justified.
When you arrive, park at the edge of the road and walk towards the first waterfall and its natural pool. Continue over some rocky terrain and you will reach Las Delicias.
There is also the famous Chorro de Doña Juana, which is on the border between Ciales and Orocovis. The waterfall can be seen from the road and is a wonderful backdrop photos. Many people will also enjoy a swim in the natural pool, although there are no changing areas or bathrooms, so be prepared in advance.
Ciales also has cave systems where you can book guided tours for rappelling, canyoneering and other adventures. The Yuyú Cave is known for its stalagmites, stalactites, corridors, and subterranean waterfalls.
Museo del Café
This charming location belongs to a family that has grown coffee in Puerto Rico for more than 80 years. The museum is located near the town plaza, on the Paseo Aroma de Café, and in addition to being a museum, it is also a coffee bar that serves fresh brews, pastries, and features a shop with coffee-centric products.
The owner offers guided tours of the property where he explains the origin of the objects used in the coffee production process, and you can taste fresh Don Pello coffee grown in Ciales. Even if you want to buy coffee to go, they will roast beans just for you. During the weekends they offer barista courses and talks on topics related to the product. The Coffee Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the entrance is free.
Paseo Lineal Juan Antonio Corretjer
The paseo lineal is a space to walk, take photos, appreciate the views of nature, and enjoy a delicious coffee or refreshing frappe before continuing your adventure. From the promenade, you can see the Río Grande de Manatí, as well as the majestic mountains of the Cordillera Central. On weekends, there are kiosk selling fritters and other goods.