Guajataca Forest Reserve
Guajataca Forest Reserve
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JibaroTraveller
Athens, TX97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
What a beautiful forest. We were looking for a low stress place to take a walk. This place delivered. It is relatively flat with wide trails. The trees shade the path which is great on a hot day. We saw many birds and I got a video of a Puerto Rican coocoo bird ( don't know it's real name, that's what it is known as). We also saw many interesting trees.

We walked for about an hour and probably saw less than ten per cent of the forest. My wife has bad knees so it was a good walk for her.

There are picnic tables and BBQ grills with restrooms nearby and room for the kids to play. There is a huge BBQ area for a large group. Looks like fun. Please pick up your trash.

There are many trails here. Some have "MTB" mountain bike signs. We went during the week and there were very few other people there. The road coming from PR22 is a nice drive, going by houses with farm animals, etc. There is signage on the road for the park. Google maps was helpful. On the last road, turn left at the Job Corp Center.

This is a good place for low impact and high impact activity. I talked to an Iron Man Participant who likes to run here.
Written 13 February 2017
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ROSEAUSTIN
Austin, Texas230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
It was nice and sunny when we started the hike to the wind caves (cuevas de viento) and of course after 5 minutes it started pouring.. I'm talking tsunami style rain, while our rain jackets were in the car. It rained the entire time we were there (over 3 hours). By the time we got to the cave we were drenched, I had to twist my clothes to get the water out!! The caves are dry, thank goodness! If you are going, be sure to take good hiking shoes as the trails are very muddy and slippery. There are stairs down to the caves, but once there you will encounter total darkness! We took headlamps, which were sufficient! The place is amazing, very cool caves with bats everywhere!! They were flying about 1ft and up above our heads. You could see tons of bats sleeping on the cave ceiling. Don't go without flash lights or with flip flops please! It was nice walking in the jungle, drenched while you heard the skys roar with thunder.. When we went on a Monday there was no one at all in the caves! We saw one family on the trail, but that's it.. your on your own here.
Written 13 November 2014
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Javier R
New Brunswick, NJ22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Guajataca is an amazing place as far as tropical forests go. We went there on advice of a friend and had my cousin who knows Puerto Rico well drive us. The roads are winding, mountainous and in some places very steep. Some of the roads have no railings so they could be dangerous. There are many signs asking individuals to honk the horn when going around a curve as traffic comes from both ways. Overall the drive to the forest is very relaxed and cool.

The state forest is not for everybody. Some of the trails are difficult to climb and get through. A few of the trails take a number of hours to get to the designated points. The place is well marked with signs and color coding. There is a huge biodiversity within this small area. If you like hiking, birdwatching, or just like the stillness and coolness of the forest this is for you. It may not be the best place to bring little kids. There is an office we can check in, and restroom facilities. This place is not wheelchair friendly. If you are in a wheelchair or scooter you can go up and down the main road which is paved and is a nice stroll especially for picture taking. You can find Puerto Rican boas and other nonpoisonous snakes as well as many plants and insects.

The park closes at dawn so get there early to make the best of your experience.

Tips:
Bring Plenty of Drinking Water
Bring Protein Snacks
Make Sure Your Car Is in Working Condition
Wear Comfortable Shoes or Boots
If You're Going to Visit the Cave Bring a Flashlight
Written 7 August 2014
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Sandra M
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Loved walking the well kept trails, signs to direct you to Cueva del Vuento are easy to follow. There is an observation tower off the trail and an observation deck right on the trail. We heard qute a few birds along the way. The hike on trail #1 is fairly easy except for the cave entrance itself which is not terrible but is steep, however handrails are installed for safety. Do bring water and powerful flashlights, the cave is fairly large and there are many interesting formations to explore. The cave is completely dark once you take a couple of steps away from the entrance. This forest is in the karst region, terrain in the trails as well as inside the cave is uneven and may be slippery so bring appropiate shoes. Allow 2-3 hours to walk, explore and return.
Written 27 July 2014
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Olga O
Fairfax, VA33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
Warning if you go on this hike and plan to go to the Cueva del Viento, take some powerful flashlights! Our phone flashlights were totally incapable of lighting the huge capacity of the cave!While we were shedding the cold weather in Puerto Rico, the month of January (2014) (we are natives of the island but long time residents in the US) my sister, owner of the only gourmet cheeses made in P.R.(Vaca Negra,,another great activity to do while you visit the island) invited us to spend couple of days in her villa in Isabela. One of the days we were there she invited us to go and hike with her in the Guajataca Forest Reserve. The road to the forest was beautiful, with huge bamboo trees, large ferns hanging over the road, windy curves as I remembered most of the roads being when I lived in the island. Honking the horn was not noise pollution but a necessity since the road in many of the stretches could only accommodate one vehicle. After traveling for about 20 minutes which seemed as an hour, we arrived at the Forestry Register. One of friendly guides, from the Forestry Division met us and explained to us our options in the trail and cautions we needed to heed. We wanted to go to the Cueva del Viento, so we began our climb and descends as we began our hike. It took us (3 of us) around 40 minutes to arrive at the opening of the cave walking slow and admiring the vegetation and the cliffs! Follow the sign or you will end up in the next town! When we arrived at the cave we had to descend through a steep ladder which is in need of repair!, Carefully we kept on descending. The cave is HUGE and magnificent with many stalagmites and stalactites. Our phone flashlight were totally inefficient to explore the cave, so we stayed only where the outside rays of light could illuminate the cave! There were bats and we could see them fly once in a while! The cave is amazing, but take a powerful flashlight. We are planning to return better armed for the experience!
Written 7 February 2014
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barndoors
Ny103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
We drove to guajatica forest to walk on the interactive trail. The road into the forest is narrow and winds upwards through forest and quaint neighborhoods. The road is so narrow that it can barely accommodate one lane of traffic let alone the two way traffic it carries. It is important to follow directions and honk as you go around the sharp curves to avoid an accident. Bring water, wear. Good shoes, and remember your flashlight (our cell phone flashlight apps were inadequate). This attraction is a national park and it is free of charge!

When we arrived at the beginning of the trail, the information center was closed. We read the map and headed on trail one to the interpretive trail/cave of the wind. After about an hour, we reached a steep set of Wooden stairs that leads down to the cave opening. The trees surrounding it were huge and had roots growing down into the cave. This cave was a wonder. There were 2 large rooms with beautiful rock formations. We were unable to fully explore the inside as our flashlights were not strong enough. Some of the people that were there before us shined their lights on the inner walls for us. This is a natural unlighted place. A treasure! There were restless bats inside and one woman showed us a picture of a scorpion she saw on the cave walls. This place was so cool better than the commercialized rio camuy caves although on a smaller scale and more difficult to get to. On the hike out, we climbed up to an observation tower to view the surrounding hills and valley. This is the karst region so the hills were uniquely shaped an interesting to look at. On the way out, we stopped for lunch at a local restaurant (very good chicken burrito) Highly recommended for a day of adventure off the beaten path.
Written 29 December 2013
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ayalafishpr
Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
This park was impressive. Very secluded and off the beaten path which we like. Strayed off the path after Cueva de Viento and ended up following trail#4 till we got to road 446 and walked another mile and 1/2 to the car. Thank goodness we packed a hearty lunch, snacks, and water - we needed it! We want to go back and explore more of the trails but can't find much information online. Would love suggestions.
Written 26 May 2014
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Cynthia C
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Husband is the woodsman/camper/hiker in the family so he was excited to walk the forest and enjoy nature. We NEVER found the park. GPS took us to a dead end on a somewhat sketchy road. Went back to the main road to get better directions and most people didn't know where it was! Never figured out the GPS problem, didn't even try to go back!
Written 30 March 2017
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lizakq
Naguabo1,634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
I like expolring different places and this one I really liked. I went on a Saturday, got there at 8:30 in the morning and there were troops of boy scouts arriving but that really wasn't a problem. They have different paths that you can take but I only did two which I'm going to review next.
Path to the cave (Cueva de los Vientos): it took us appox 2hrs there and back. This was making stops for pics and exploring the cave. It also was very muddy cause it had rained the day before. So my advice will be to wear good shoes and take a raincoat just in case. The cave is breathtaking, you need to be careful with the stairs to acces the cave and you will need a good flaslight if you want to explore; it is very dark inside. They are lots of bats in the cave but surprisely I didn't see no guano.
Path to the observation tower: it took us 10min to get there once we reached the sign. The path is uphill and a bit challenging. Once you reach the tower you get a good view of all the forest and the breeze is very nice.
I did not go to the information center because I did my research online and also downloaded a map but they are signs everywhere so it's very easy to explore.
Tip: Take lots of water and also some snacks cause there is no where to get anything once you get to the forest.
When you reach the road that takes you to the forest keep in mind that is very narrow and has a lot of curves and people from the area drive like they own the streets.
All in all I would definetly visit again.
Written 13 November 2016
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vice87
Hermiston, OR19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
We decided to make a day trip to hike Bosque Guajataca because it is close to where our family lives and there are some really neat things to check out. Honestly I don't have a negative thing to say about this place. It is really really well kept from the info center to the trails to the maps. We hiked to the Viento Cave and back, took a detour along the forest floor on the way back. It was at least a few hours and I can't wait to go back and explore more. The cave was really cool because we had only been on a guided tour in Camuy so this was freaky but fun. Bats and everything. We had a blast and highly highly recommend visiting multiple times. Plus the info you learn about the environment/ecology/flora and fauna of the area is really interesting.
Written 24 March 2016
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