Sights in Maricao
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Follow the signs south out of the center of Maricao to Los Viveros. Or take the short trail off Hwy 120 if you want to see the buildings and streamside reservoirs where the commonwealth raises the tilapia and bass that stock the island’s freshwater lakes. To say the least, this place is a quiet attraction. There is little to see here other than thousands of small fish, little to hear besides the sounds of the surrounding woods, birdsong and the rush of running water. But all this is totally in keeping with the ambience of Maricao. Call if you want a tour.
This forest of more than 10,000 acres lies along the Ruta Panorámica south of Maricao, and the drive is spectacular, with sharp curves snaking over ridges as the mountainsides fall away into steep valleys. As you make this drive, you will see places to pull your car off the road at trailheads that lead into the woods or traverse down steep inclines.
Curiously, few of the trails are maintained or mapped by the DRNA. In fact, guides to Bosque Estatal de Maricao are difficult to come by, both at the department's office in San Juan and in Maricao. So if you are coming here to hike, get yourself a topo map of the area from a map supplier in the USA, or ask an island bookstore…