A hub of outdoor adventure and natural beauty.
This mountainous municipality, known as the heart of Puerto Rico, is the geographic center of the island, located amid the Sierra de Cayey. The area is home to four rivers and two lakes (the result of dams). One of them, the Matrullas, is one of the largest reservoirs on the island, and is used to produce hydro-electricity. It is also popular for sport fishing and water activities such as kayaking. The mountains offer a variety of experiences and adventures for visitors.
Things to Do in Orocovis
One of the area’s most popular attractions is Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, which includes eight ziplines of varying lengths and degrees of extremity. Here, you’ll find the longest zipline in America, The Monster,”which is 1.5 miles long and reaches speeds of up to 94 miles per hour! There is also The Beast, which stretches 4,745 feet and will make you feel like you are flying over a stunning range of mountains.
The adventure park also has a restaurant with excellent atmosphere, and is a nice spot to relax for those who do not wish to participate in bigger adventures. You can sit down to eat and drink on the balcony with an excellent view of the surrounding mountains and zipline riders.
While Orocovis is ideal for adrenaline lovers, it also has attractive offerings for those who enjoy more relaxed activities, including contact with nature, scenic views, and hiking trails. For example, you can visit the trails and camping areas of the Toro Negro State Forest, which extends to the municipalities of Villalba, Ciales, and Jayuya, encompassing a total area of about 3,000 acres.
Stop to admire the popular Doña Juana Waterfall, which is right next to the main road — part of the a local scenic route — and which will be a great photo opportunity when you’re nearby. It’s relatively easy to access and free of charge.
Also, don’t miss the Mirador Villalba-Orocovis, a wonderful spot at 4,000 feet above sea level where you can look north to the Atlantic Ocean and south to the Caribbean Sea. There are viewfinders, rest areas, and gazebos for family picnics.
Where to Eat
In the mountains, local cuisine is more focused on meats than seafood. One of the area’s most celebrated restaurants is La Sombra, renowned for serving local-favorite dishes including fried chicken, pork, chorizo, or pavochón sausages. Enjoy them mixed with rice and beans, tostones, or mofongo, and wash it down with a delicious natural orange juice or one of the island’s beers.
Other places not to miss include Casa Bavaria, which serves both German and Creole food along with a breathtaking view of the nearby mountains, and Roka Dura Wine and Grill, where you’ll find a variety of meat dishes, accompanied by mofongo and homemade mojitos. The quaint restaurant is built of wood and perched on a hillside overlooking the rest of the town.