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 Rus­sell...

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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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