SACRED RAINFOREST & ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE
*$325 for a solo private tour.
Explore the rainforest of the highest mountain on the island, Cerro Punta. Experience the Neolithic world of the Taínos and the mysterious petroglyphs they carved! Visit the pristine waters of Las Delicias Waterfall and hike to the Zama Petroglyph Mural with an Archaeologist as your guide!
The Experience includes:
• Tour guided by an archaeologist
• Scenic ride in a luxury SUV through the rainforest
• Visit to Las Delicias Waterfall and the Zama petroglyph mural
• Creole lunch at local BBQ
• Rainforest hike
What you need:
• Bottle of water
• Change of clothes/towel
• Hiking appropriate shoes
• Small backpack
The Full Experience:
Pickup time is 8am at your hotel or residence. We head west on highway 22 for about 30 min. towards Manatí where we take exit 48 to Carretera 149 heading south, the firs leg of 149 is an express that takes you to the central mountain town of Ciales. Once in Ciales 149 becomes a rural mountain road that winds through the central mountain region and into the Toro Negro Rainforest area. We travel on 149 for about 50 minutes then take road 533 west towards Jayuya. This road passes through the Tres Picachos National Forest, on kilometer 2.3 we arrive at our first destination 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 reasons why Puerto Rico can be considered a powerhouse in fresh water, with more than 4500 different springs, rivers and other fresh water bodies. We spend about 30minutes in the waterfall before continuing our sojourn to Jayuya on road 533 for another 5minutes to road 141 that crosses Jayuya in 15 minutes we arrive at Titos BBQ where we can go to the bathroom and you can get a snack or refreshment. After our pit stop we head to Zama barrio on road 527 where our final destination is located. We travel for 10 minutes on 527 where we arrive to the Zama river and take the jeep road into the rainforest and reach our lunch and bathing spot. Here our guide will talk to you about the history of the different farms that used to grow coffee in this area. After our talk, we start our hike through the forest and head up the mountain for about 30 minutes to the visit the Zama aqueduct Petroglyph Mural. This mural holds over thirty petroglyphs that were carved at least as far back as 800 A.D. Here our guide who has a master’s degree in archaeology will talk about the indigenous past of the island, their religious belief, art and culture, and how and why they carved these petroglyphs on these walls. When we finish our chat, we head back down the mountain to our spot next to the river where our creole meal is being prepared. After our lunch, we´ll have some time to unwind and relax next to the river. Depending on the weather and your mood you can swim in the river. At around 2:30pm we start our ride back the San Juan metropolitan area which we´ll take about 1:45 to 2 hours. You should arrive at your hotel or residence no later than 5pm.