The islands of Puerto Rico are rich in diverse plant and animal life. The main island is home to verdant jungles, rugged mountains and arid dry forest, as well as pristine beaches, caves and incredible coastline. Adventuring through the island is one of the best ways to experience the wonder and beauty of nature, as well as getting to know the islanders and the area’s rich history. There are numerous options for adventure travel, from guided hiking tours to ocean kayaking, spelunking, diving and more. Here are some of the best adventure options you will find in the area.
Karst Formations – Located in the northern hills of the main island, karst formations are rugged, surreal limestone formations eroded over time by wind and water. You will find sinkholes, incredible caves and caverns, underground streams and much more. Hiking is the best way to get to know the area, though an experienced guide can be more than handy. However, solo, team and even family hikes in the area can be incredible. Rio Camuy Cave Park is located in this area, offering you incredible adventure and enjoyment.
Forests – The lush forests of the northern portion of the island are home to incredible plants and animals. Stepping into the forests will take you into a primeval world of towering ferns and palms. Cascading streams, thundering waterfalls and rugged terrain vie for your attention, while overhead, birds call and animals chatter. A hiking adventure through the jungles can be very rewarding and an incredible experience. Carite, Bosque Del Pueblo, Guilarte and Toro Negro are some of the best forests for your exploration and adventure fun. El Yunque is the federally administered forest and the most heavily traveled, as well.
Kayaking and Coastal Exploration – The coastal mangrove forests, as well as cliffs, sea caves and hidden inlets constitute a little-explored world for the adventurous traveler. Incredible numbers of sea birds, whales, sail fish, crabs and sharks can be found around the coast, offering you a wide array of exploratory options. The mangrove forests are an exotic area; the hatchery of the island. You will find numerous species of birds and fish here, as well as young sharks and much more. Bioluminescent lagoons can be found all around the island, as well as on Vieques; a moonless night shows you the true, stunning beauty of these natural areas and allows you greater adventure.