Away from the coast is la Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico’s interior mountain region, which runs from east to west through 15 municipalities. With a history and culture rooted in agriculture, this region has diverse vegetation and produces most of the island’s coffee, which you can taste at several haciendas.
Things to Do
The scenery in this area varies from mountains to caves, from plains to canyons and rivers, making this region a great destination for adventures of all kinds. Orocovis, one of the biggest towns in central Puerto Rico, is home to Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, which boasts one of the longest ziplines in the world.
Another very popular activity in this region is Tanamá River cave-tubing tours, which is the perfect mix of deep adventure and leisurely ride, as you float along waterways and through subterranean chambers.
For some local flavor, choose to visit a working coffee hacienda such as Hacienda Tres Ángeles, in Adjuntas, where you can take a tour of the facility, taste samples of locally grown coffee, and enjoy mountain views. These haciendas usually also serve local food, such as white rice, stewed beans, and fried meat.
Where to Eat
This region has its own distinct take on Puerto Rican cuisine. Savor cuts of meat cooked over charcoal, a variety of rice dishes and fried foods, as well as the famous mofongo topped with various meats and sauces. Restaurants like Casa Bavaria in Morovis, Tío Pepe in Aibonito, and Las Garzas in Adjuntas are all iconic restaurants known as mesones gastronómicos that you shouldn’t miss.
Driving Distance from San Juan’s airport: 1–1.5 hours
Driving Distance from Aguadilla’s airport: 2–2.5 hours
Explore the Central Mountain Region
A hub of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and one of the longest ziplines in the world.Explore Orocovis
This highland town is home to caverns, coffee plantations, and many waterfalls.Explore Ciales
Discover indigenous culture and adventure along the beautiful Tanamá River.Explore Utuado