Although calling Adjuntas the ‘Switzerland of Puerto Rico’ is a slight overstatement, the surrounding silhouetted mountains earn this agreeable agricultural hub a more accurate moniker: ‘town of the sleeping giant.’ After the discovery of copper near here in the 1960s, local community groups fought successfully to prevent their cool subtropical jungle haven from being turned into a huge open-cast mining pit. Instead, Adjuntas has become something of an environmental steward whose livelihood remains rooted in bananas, coffee and citrus fruits.
Situated where one of the island’s major north–south arteries (Hwys 123 and 10) crests the Central Mountains, Adjuntas is a traffic bottleneck in the summer. The central plaza is a good place to wander while you cool the engine and there are several places on its periphery for refreshments.
The main draw hereabouts is the Bosque Estatal de Guilarte, with a peak to climb and remote, no-frills cabins.