The Southwestern municipality of Guanica dry forest is home to one of Puerto Rico’s major Biosphere Reserves, designated as such by the United Nations. The 9,000 acre plus reserve, more commonly known as Bosque Seco, lies amidst Puerto Rico’s driest terrain, encompassing everything from nearby hills to the plains, all the way down to the coast at stunning Guanica bay. The type of forest that grows here is known as xerophytic, or just ‘dry forest’, where the scarce rainfall and dry climate yield its’ singular beauty and diversity. Plant species alone number in the hundreds, almost 250 of which are spiny bushes and trees. Over 150 bird species have been counted in the reserve – doubling El Yunque’s number – as well as numerous reptiles and amphibians, like the native coquí.
Your tour will take you on a hike through various trails, including the four-mile long Fuerte trail that leads to Fort Caprón – a historic lookout point built by the Spanish – and amazing views of the bay. Impressive sights like a four-hundred year old Guayacán tree accent the trip.
Difficulty rating: 4 of 5
Hiking time approximately 1.5 hours
Combine with Cabo Rojo Lighthouse & Bahia Sucia for Full Day Tour. Cost: $220 per group (max 4 people), $30 each additional person
The Fine Print: Transportation is not included in tour cost. Please give yourself at least 1.25 hours driving time if coming from Rincon. Shuttles can be arranged for an additional fee. 100% non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days. If tour is cancelled due to inclement weather a full refund will be given. Taxes and fees ARE included. Rates subject to change at any time.