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Magical Nature Encounters in Puerto Rico

An ecotreasures’ Introspection about Striking Nature’s Charm
Publication of Discovery: March 31, 2019
Issue: March, 2019

Nature encounters allow people to connect with Mother Earth and appreciate its grand value. Even though the ways to immerse in nature and resulting feelings vary among human beings, it is good to highlight moments when nature’s charm was striking.

Below we share a summary of top five nature gifts in Puerto Rico that have stood out so far during our nature tourism activities due to the energy or special attraction the ecotreasures ® crew sensed in or toward these.

ecotreasures’ Top Five Magical Nature Encounters:

1) Aibonito’s Green Scenery from a Peak

We were captivated by the serenity and energy perceived at the top of a hill in the Municipality of Aibonito and by the fascinating panoramic views of Aibonito’s hills and trees overlooking other municipalities, such as Guayama, Salinas, Patillas and Santa Isabel, as well as the Caribbean Sea’s coast.

Exploration: Hiking towards the top of a hill in the Municipality of Aibonito during a camping adventure

2) Charco Azul, a River Pool in the Municipality of Patillas

We were mesmerized by the incredibly beautiful turquoise blue color effects on Charco Azul’s waters, and the peace at this area.

Exploration: Hiking interpretive tour in Carite Forest, guided by the forest’s Management Officer +

3) The Apple of Sodom Plant

The Apple of Sodom flowers’ beauty and contrasting delicateness and strength immediately attracted us—the special connection with these purple and white flowers was prominent. This plant is also known as Bomba de Seda or Algodón de Playa.

Exploration: Hiking interpretive tour in Punta Yeguas nature reserve, guided by YUCAE staff as per a collaborative agreement with Para La Naturaleza, a nonprofit organization

4) The Psychotria Brachiata Plant’s Blue Flower

We felt as if the Psychotria brachiata plant called us. It looked shy from a distance, but as we approached it we appreciated its blue flowers’ vividness and strong personality.

Exploration: Hiking interpretive tour in Angelito Trail at El Yunque Rainforest, Municipality of Río Grande, guided by Enchanted Island Eco Tours (currently known as El Yunque Tours)

5) Reddish Pond in Piñones Sector

We perceived something mysterious about a reddish pond guarded by black mangrove nearby Route 187 and at the opposite side of La Pocita de Piñones beach in the Municipality of Loíza. At a closer look, we got aware of its distinct charm. ++

Exploration: Biking in Piñones sector

We suggest taking advantage of nature’s magic and letting yourself feel the personal bond with natural surroundings. Though you may like an outdoor recreation in general, it is rewarding to learn and hold dear the particular experiences that enchanted you.

+ Currently, Carite Forest is not officially open to the public. Restoration works need to be performed on some facilities at this forest due to Hurricane María’s impact on Puerto Rico.

++ Following Hurricane María, this natural area has been transformed.

Note: You may browse ecotreasures online directory for contact information about the above-mentioned tour providers.

tour provider: El Yunque Tours
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where the crew ate: Degree 18
photograph by: N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo and Carlos Esteva

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all details with the pertinent businesses before planning your trip. Please be cautious. The company behind this publication assumes no responsibility for your safety when participating in the activities mentioned in this article. You are responsible for confirming whether you are capable of participating in any of these activities or tours, regardless of the effort level or any other information provided in this website.

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