Just two hours away from El Yunque is the most arid tropical reserve in Puerto Rico, and one of the largest in the world. Guanica Dry Forest almost never experiences rainfall, giving it a somewhat haunted and mysterious vibe that further draws tourists in.
Guanica Dry Forest sits on a 9,000 acre land in the small town of Guanica. Despite the forest’s lack of water, it is home to more than 700 plant species, including cacti, squat trees and bushes. There are also 48 species of endangered plants and some 16 species of endemics that has made the dry forest their only home. Apart from the startling number of flora, the forest is also home to faunas, especially the reptiles and amphibians. Trail hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Guanica Dry Forest.
There’s a four-mile hike that ends at Fort Capron Ruins. This is a historical landmark which once witnessed the War with Spain in 1898. What’s left standing of the ruins though is the enigmatic lookout tower. Guanica Dry Forest is open for visitors from 9am to 5pm without a fee. Depending on the time of the year, you might chance to see the forest full of life or devoid of it. Make sure to wear sunscreen and dress accordingly to be more comfortable while there.