Explore the rainforest of the central mountain region and experience the Neolithic world of the Taínos in this private, full day tour! After your guide picks you up from your hotel at 8am, you will be driven west, about 30 minutes, to mountain town of Ciales. Once there, you will explore the central mountain region of the Toro Negro Rainforest, the Tres Picachos National Forest, visit the pure waters of Las Delicias Waterfall and lastly, the sacred archaeological site of the Zama petroglyph mural . This is a full day experience approximately 8 hours in length with lunch included, with a maximum group of 6, and the tour concludes with a drive back to your hotel.
Pickup time is 8am at your hotel. After getting situated in your private vehicle, you will head west for about 30 minutes towards Manatí, where the central mountain town of Ciales is located. Once in Ciales, the road turns into a rural mountain road that winds through the central mountain region and into the Toro Negro Rainforest area. It will be about a 45 minute drive towards Jayuya and this road passes through the Tres Picachos National Forest, and Las Delicias Waterfall, were you´ll have the opportunity to bathe in the pure waters of this beautiful and magical mountain spring. Here, your guide will talk to you about the fauna and flora of this area and the explain the reasons why Puerto Rico can be considered a powerhouse in fresh water, with more than 4500 different springs, rivers and other fresh water bodies. You will spend about 30 minutes in the waterfall before continuing to Jayuya.
After another 15 minute drive, you will arrive at Tito´s BBQ where you'll have a delicious lunch. After lunch, the tour will head to Zama barrio, the final location. You will arrive at the Zama river and take the road into the rainforest. Here, your guide will talk about the history of the different farms that used to grow coffee in this area. Afterwards, you will hike through the forest and head up the mountain for about 20 minutes to visit the Zama aqueduct Petroglyph Mural. This mural holds over thirty petroglyphs that were carved as far back as 800 AD. Here your guide, who has a master’s degree in archaeology, will talk about the indigenous people of the island, their religious belief, art and culture, and how and why they carved these petroglyphs on these walls.
At around 2:30pm, the ride back the San Juan will commence, which we´ll take about 1 hour and 45 minutes. You should arrive at your hotel or residence no later than 4:30pm.