Central Mountain

Gratifying experience of nature and adventure

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Photo: Dos Bocas Lake, Utuado

Puerto Rico’s mountains are filled with must-visit locations. There’s a rare pre-Columbian archaeological site, the town that spawned the most famous of Puerto Rico’s rebellion against the colonial Spanish, and the famed Ruta del Lechón, a gastronomic journey dedicated exclusive to roast pig, the ultimate Puerto Rican delicacy.

Its verdant valleys, plunging canyons, and swift rivers of central Puerto Rico have made the region an eco-park that includes one of the longest zip lines in the world.

Central Destinations

Adventure Route

The high concentration of natural resources makes this region a top destination for exploration and adventure tours. Whether through forests, mountains, caves, canyons, sinkholes and rivers, you can choose your favorite adventure.

  1. 15 Knots Kiteboarding School

    Website (787) 215-5667
  2. Abe's Snorkeling and Bio-Bay Tours

    Website (787) 435-1362
  3. AdvenTours

    Website (787) 530-8311
  4. Aqua Adventure

    Website (787) 636-8811
  5. Aquatica Dive & Surf

    Website (787) 890-6071
  6. Atlantic San Juan Tours

    Website (787) 644-9841
  7. Aventuras Tierra Adentro

    Website (787) 766-0470
  8. Bio Island

    Website (787) 422-7857
  9. Black Beard Sports

    Website (787) 308-4478
  10. Castillo Tours

    Website (787) 791-6195
  11. Charlie's Custom Tours Puerto Rico

    Website (787) 648-1912
  12. Countryside Tours

    Website (787) 248-5147
  13. Culebra Divers

    Website (787) 742-0803
  14. Culebra Island Adventures

    Website (787) 529-3536
  15. East Island Excursions

    Website (787) 860-3434
  16. Eco Action Tours

    Website (787) 791-7509
  17. Explora

    Website (787) 900-7755
  18. Flavors of San Juan

    Website (787) 964-2447
  19. Get Shopped P.R.

    Website (787) 381-2861
  20. Group Services, Inc (GSI)

    Website (787) 863-6890
  21. Hacienda 8A

    Website (787) 567-0982
  22. Hacienda Monte Alto

    Website (787) 829-5353
  23. Island Kayaking Adventure

    Website (787) 444-0059
  24. Kayaking Puerto Rico

    Website (787) 245-4545
  25. Kiani Tours

    Website (787) 741-8687
  26. GoodWinds

    Website (787) 233-7862
  27. Las Tortugas Adventures

    Website (787) 637-8356
  28. Maguro Fishing Charters

    Website (787) 384-5188
  29. Maragata Yacht Charters

    Website (787) 637-1802
  30. Parguera Fishing Charters

    Website (787) 382-4698
  31. Potrero Brisas del Mar

    Website (787) 262-2229
  32. Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon

    Website (787) 644-1444
  33. Pure Adventure

    Website (787) 202-6551
  34. Rico Suntours

    Website (787) 722-2080
  35. San Cristobal Hiking Tour

    Website (787) 647-3402
  36. Scuba Dogs

    Website (787) 783-6377
  37. Sea Ventures

    Website (787) 863-3483
  38. Segway Tours

    Website (787) 598-9455
  39. Serenity Sea Tours, Inc.

    Website (787) 435-1358
  40. Tours de la Montaña

    Website (787) 214-9753
  41. Trans Travel

    Website (787) 615-7568
  42. Tropical Trail Rides

    Website (787) 872-9256
  43. Vieques Adventure Company

    Website (787) 692-9162
  44. VIP Tours

    Website (787) 536-4683
  45. Yokahú Kayak

    Website (787) 604-7375
  46. Dragonfly Adventures

    Website (787) 889-7430
  47. Hacienda Campo Rico

    Website (787) 523-2001
  48. Quesos Vaca Negra (Vaca Negra Cheese Co.)

    Website (787) 458-6345
  49. Paddle Paradise

    Website (787) 469-3397
  50. Spoon Food Tours

    Website (787) 249-4488


Ciales

Ciales is the beginning of the coffee zone that characterizes the mountainous region. A visit to this town most include a cup of coffee for a complete local experience. Interested in coffee history, don’t miss the Coffee Museum.

  1. Coffee Museum

    Ciales

    Website (787) 313-0925

Moreover, Ciales is one of the major sites for climbing and doing other adventure activities in Puerto Rico. For more information on Ciales Climbing routes let the experts of Rocaliza guide you.

Lares

There is perhaps no more poignant moment in Puerto Rico’s history than the Grito de Lares, or “Cry of Lares.” In 1868, a group led by Ramón Emeterio Betances revolted against the Spanish and took over the small town of Lares. Even though the rebellion was quickly crushed, the town remains a symbol of Puerto Rican pride and thirst for independence. While in Lares, you simply must stop at Heladería Lares for some of the best homemade ice cream in Puerto Rico. It comes in all sorts of flavors, including the more exotic ones: pumpkin, rice and beans, and even garlic.

Utuado

It is one of the largest municipalities of Puerto Rico and it is a perfect destination for tourists and visitors that really enjoy the mountains. Utuado offers perfect “match and mix” activities for a complete and memorable experience. You can visit Caguana Archeological Site, walk through the Rio Abajo Forest, cross Dos Bocas Lake by boat and eat in one of the romantic lakeshore restaurants and/or explore rivers and beautiful caves.

Scenic Route

This route, composed by several roads, traverses the island of Puerto Rico from west to east (or vice versa) along impressive views of the Puerto Rico Central Mountain Range. PR Highway 143, from Adjuntas to Barranquitas, comprises one of the main sections where you might feel to be closer to the sky and inspired by nature.

Some of the attractions along the scenic route are:

  1. Café Lucero

  2. Café Pomarrosa

  3. Toro Negro National Forest

  1. Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site

    This national historic landmark dates all the way back to 1,200 BC. It features several ball courts and a small museum of Taíno artifacts.

    Utuado

  2. Dos Bocas Lake

    This manmade lake between Utuado and Arecibo is surrounded with hilltop restaurants with a great view to the water and lush mountain vegetation. There’s a port where you can catch a free boat ride to any of the restaurants.

    Utuado

  3. Doña Juana Falls at Toro Negro Forest

    The Doña Juana Falls in the Toro Negro Forest (located in Orocovis) are actually a chain of three falls that end in a clear, refreshing pool. This secluded spot attracts far fewer crowds than the more popular La Mina Falls in El Yunque.

    Orocovis

  4. San Cristóbal Canyon

    A unique geological site, the San Cristóbal Canyon between Barranquitas and Aibonito is the only volcanic rift on the island, forming a deep ravine that measures 650 feet. This is a destination best reserved for serious, experienced adventurers. A reservation is required.

    Barranquitas

  5. Toro Negro Forest

    When you visit the second-highest peak in the Cordillera Central mountain range, you can expect your share of forest hikes. Stop by the ranger station on Route 143 and pick up a trail map. Among the highlights at Toro Negro are the challenging hike to the observation tower, the small but picturesque La Confesora falls and pool, and the spectacular Doña Juana waterfall. Route 143 is the main artery that runs through Toro Negro. This road is part of the Ruta Panorámica, or Panoramic Route, a scenic, winding network of roads through the central region of Puerto Rico.

    Orocovis

  6. Toro Verde Adventure Park

    Come to Orocovis for its spectacular eco-park, Toro Verde, which boasts hanging rope bridges, rappelling, hiking, and one of the largest zip lines in the world.

    Orocovis

One of Puerto Rico's emerging culinary superstars is Chef Ventura Vivoni. If planning to visit our Mountains, make sure to check Hacienda Luz de Luna & Vida Ventura Restaurant for an exquisite, outstanding culinary experience. Check our Event Calendar and look for Dinner at Hacienda Luz de Luna.

La Ruta del Lechón

Lechón, or roast pig, is one of Puerto Rico’s most popular foods. The Guavate district of Cayey is its mecca. This route will take you through a string of roadside eateries along Road 184 for one of the most authentic gastronomic experiences you can have in Puerto Rico.

  1. Casa Bavaria

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Morovis

    Website (787) 862-7818
  2. Restaurante Las Garzas, Parador Villas Sotomayor

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Adjuntas

    Website (787) 829-1717
  3. Restaurante Tío Pepe

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Aibonito

    Website (787) 735-9615
  1. Hacienda Gripiñas

    Jayuya

    (787) 828-1717
  2. Cidra Country Club Inn & Villas

    Cidra

    Website (787) 714-3838
  3. Parador Villas Sotomayor

    Adjuntas

    Website (787) 829-1717
  1. Batey Classic Cave Tour

    Batey Ziplining Adventures, Utuado

    Attractions: Tanamá River

    Activities: Caving, Ziplining, Hiking

  2. Batey Ziplining Tour

    Batey Ziplining Adventures, Utuado

    Activities: Ziplining, Canopy

  3. Coffee Tour at Hacienda Tres Ángeles

    Hacienda Tres Ángeles, Adjuntas

    Attractions: Central Mountains

    Activities: Hiking, Agrotourism, Coffee tasting, Sightseeing

  4. The Beast Ziplining

    Toroverde Nature Adventure Park, Orocovis

    Attractions: Toro Verde, Orocovis

    Activities: Ziplining, Hiking

  5. The Real Coffee Hacienda Green Experience

    Hacienda Tres Ángeles, Adjuntas

    Attractions: Hacienda Tres Ángeles, Adjuntas

    Activities: Agrotourism, Coffee Tours, Coffee Tasting, Coffee Shop

  6. Wild Bull

    Toroverde Nature Adventure Park, Orocovis

    Attractions: Toro Verde, Orocovis

    Activities: Ziplining, Hiking, Rappelling

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