Bosque Estatal de Maricao (Maricao State Forest)
The 'Monte del Estado' (The State Mountain) and its thousands of native plants and bird species will leave you gobsmacked.
Puerto Rican exoticism.
A visit to the exotic 'Bosque Estatal de Maricao' is well worth the two-hour journey that it takes inland from San Juan, where you'll find the origins of the coffee plantations and the indigenous tribes of the west. The 'Monte del Estado' (State Mountain) is in Maricao and it stands raised in the middle of the forest, watching over more than a thousand native plants and 60 species of birds and is considered as one of the forests in Puerto Rico with the greatest diversity. Interestingly, on the accessible route of the forest, you'll find the remains of a 'Casa de Piedra' (stone house) y 'Torre de Piedra' (stone tower) that were probably built at the beginning of the 20th century but all that's left nowadays are their remains since they were abandoned. The clearings between the tall trees allow the impressive view of the village from the top of the forest. This place is the epicentre of ornithological sightings and self-guided excursions. It’s in your interest to start the descent before it starts to get dark.