Category: Landmarks

El Yungue

EL Yunque is the only Tropical Rainforest in the United States.  It’s named after the “Good” Taino spirit Yukiyi. It is divided into four sections: Tabonuco forest, Palo Colorado forest, Palma Sierra forest, and Bosque en las nubes (Forest in the clouds). The entire Rainforest is on 28,000 Acres of land which is filled with 88 rare trees, 50 native orchids, 240 native tree species, Mountains, wonderous greenery and exotic animals. The well known Coqui is there, The Puerto Rican Parrot and the rare Puerto Rican Boa, which is the Islands largest snake.   It can grow up to...

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Puerto Rico Touts New Plans For Giant Telescope

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico plans to build a hotel and a planetarium as part of a $50 million project to attract more visitors to the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, officials said Tuesday. It is the first major announcement from the new managing consortium for the Arecibo Observatory, which fought budget cuts last year that could have forced its closure.The planetarium would be built within two years and the hotel within five years, Puerto Rico’s Metropolitan University said. The school helps run the observatory with California-based SRI International, a nonprofit research group, and the Universities...

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Forts of Puerto Rico

Fort San Felipe Del Morro: Fort San Felipe del Morro or El Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Spanish is a sixteenth-century citadel which lies on the northwestern-most point of the islet of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, the fort, also referred to as “El Morro” or “promontory”, was designed to guard the entrance to San Juan bay, and defend the city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.    In 1983, the fort was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations and is part of San Juan National Historic...

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Arecibo Observatory

Hidden by the surrounding mountains along the North-Western area of Puerto Rico, lies the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory. It was built in 1960, and is funded yearly by a $7.5 Million grant from the National Science Foundation. These funds are managed by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The “Dish” can be seen from a jumbo jet 33,000 feet in the air, but a map is needed to find its entrance on ground. Scientists from all over the world have visited there. In fact, because of the work that was done at the facility by two American astronomers, in 1993...

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Boqueron Beach

Boqueron is a beach village located in the town of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.  The village is one of the main tourist attractions in the southwestern part of the island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the barrio population was 4,963. Boqueron beach (balneario de Boqueron) is a public beach and resort managed by the Puerto Rican government. It’s rated as one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico along with Luquillo Beach.  The beach was awarded blue flag beach status by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Other beaches in Boqueron are Buye and El Combate. The village...

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