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“Interesting Dry Forest” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guanica Dry Forest

Guanica Dry Forest
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Guanica
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica, in Spanish) is an great example of a dry forest, as compared to the rain forests found elsewhere on the island. Covering almost 1,000 acres, it has been designated as a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The forest offers many well-maintained trails and is a bird-watcher’s paradise.
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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“Interesting Dry Forest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

This is the dry side of PR, and the hikes through this dry forest are interesting. With the Caribbean ocean on its border, it seems odd to see plants that you would find in US deserts such as the prickly pear, century plant and agave. The hikes are fairly easy, too and you don't have to worry about sudden rain storms.

Visited February 2012
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Longview, Washington
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“An Easy Tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

The dry forest is ok, but go for the coastal beach scenes which are very picturesque

Visited February 2012
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Hanover, Minnesota
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“Interesting but HOT!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

We ventured into the forest to see it's differences from the El Yunque Rain Forest and boy were there differences. We drove through but we could have hiked also. We just were not prepared to do so. The information building was not open so that was a bummer.

Visited January 2012
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Dorado
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“Guanica Dry forest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

Its the most complete dry forest in the Caribbean with much diversity and a great contrast with the rainforest.

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Houston, Texas
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“UNESCO biosphere reserve. Unique ecosystem. Great hike.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

We got a booklet about this site at our hotel (Copamarina) that described all the trails in detail as well as the local flora and fauna. I would recommend that you get one of these booklets. There are very short, easy strolls as well as long hikes. There are different ecosystems to explore. There is a visitor center (a small kiosk with a parking lot) with maps of the trails. There was no charge to enter.

We took the trail to the fort (Fuerte) which was a 5 km hike in each direction. The guidebook states that this will take 2 hours in each direction (4 hours total). However, if you hike at a brisk walk without stopping (which we did in upon return), it only takes one hour and 15 minutes. This trail is a rocky road with a mild incline. In the morning it was completely shaded and at mid-day it was mostly shaded. We only encountered one other couple in our 3 hours on the trail.

At the end of the trail is Fort Capton –really it’s more of a lookout tower. There are fabulous views of the ocean and Guanica at the top of the trail. All along the way we were surrounded by the unique ecosystem of the dry, coastal forest that included local birds, termite mounds in trees, huge cacti, etc. The booklet helped us to identify the plants. There were large birds gliding on the updrafts that were graceful and beautiful.
This area is a treat because it is so unique. It is very different from the other parks in Puerto Rico (e.g. El Yunque). I would definitely go back if I were in the area again and explore the other trails.

Visited January 2012
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