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Nature of Puerto Rico - national parks and reserves for active recreation

The magnificent nature of Puerto Rican islands can fascinate any seasoned traveler. Fresh air, crystal-clear emerald waters, rainforests, wonderful flowers and a variety of butterflies, birds and wild animals make the island an attractive destination for those wishing to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle and admire the exotic beauty. Montoso Botanical Gardens would be an excellent starting point for nature enthusiasts. Located on the slopes of Mount Pico Montosa, they are home to hundreds of plant species and a farm of exotic flowers and fruit-bearing trees.
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The Tropical Agriculture Research Station in Mayaguez is a research institute open to the public. There is an incredible amount of various trees, flowers, bushes and other plants, including cocoa trees and magnificent bright red flowers of Etlingera elatior. The University of Puerto Rico in San Juan has a botanical garden with about two hundred species of plants. Entrance to the wonderful garden is free. There are some general rules for all gardens: no littering, plucking or stomping plants.
Fantastic Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve in Fajardo is famous for one of the island's oldest lighthouses from which one can enjoy views of the surrounding area, dense rainforest, mangrove trees, coral reefs, convenient walking paths and bioluminescent plankton in the lagoon. Here there an opportunity to see sea animals and birds, book a night canoe tour of the lagoon or one-day walking tour including a visit to the lighthouse and the beach. Quiet and tidy, decorated with sculptures, Las Palomas Park in San Juan is ideal for bird watching enthusiasts - there are many pigeons here, hence the name of the park. Copyright
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In the municipality of Ponce is uninhabited Caha de Muertos, or “Coffin Island”, a nature reserve with a lighthouse and wonderful beaches. On the island there is a cave where, according to legend, pirates hid treasures. Here you can walk along pedestrian paths or take a swim in clear blue water. Another interesting island where travelers are brought by kayak is Isla de Mona, literally “Monkey Island”. It lives up to its name, as the territory consisting mainly of dense forest and steep cliffs is home to about a thousand funny rhesus monkeys. However, you cannot land on the island - animals can be aggressive, so it is only allowed to watch them from a kayak near the shore.
Methodist Church on Villa Street in Ponce, Puerto Rico The Camuy River Cave Park is equally attractive for tourists and Puerto Ricans. Visitors travel around the park in small trailers, which is quite unusual in itself. Guides enthusiastically tell about the caves, in some you can walk through the dark tunnels, and in one of them there is an underground river. Those preferring the freshness of forests to the damp air of caves are recommended to visit El Yunque National Forest. More than two hundred species of trees and many other plants grow on its relatively small area. Some species of trees are not found anywhere else in the world, just like several species of animals living here.
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The Toro Negro State Forest Reserve (“Black Bull”) is a popular hiking and zipline destination. There is a waterfall in this dense tropical forest, as well as huge palms, banana trees, bamboo, and many more plant species. The forest covers the island's highest mountains, so travelers should walk carefully along steep paths. Piñones State Forest stretching along pristine beaches is home to more than forty species of beautiful exotic birds. The luckiest tourists can see pelicans. A nine-kilometer trail attracts cyclists and those who like to explore forests on foot.
Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is more than a thousand hectares of marshes, forests, and lagoons. American manatees, brown pelicans, and other endangered animal species live in their natural environment under strict protection. From Monday to Saturday, the reserve can be visited with a guide who will gladly show tourists the most interesting and safe places, as well as tell about the ecology, plants, and animals of the reserve.
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