JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MOUNTAINS
When I think about Puerto Rico, I honestly have a hard time figuring out how can there be so much beauty in such a small place. This place is all about diversity: You can find rainforests, dry forests, beaches, caves, salt lagoons, swamps among lots of virgin and unexplored places. All this in just 100×35 miles.
I happen to be blessed enough to have a Puerto Rican best friend. Ever since college I’ve been traveling there with him, and I have to say with each trip the experience gets better.
One of my favorite memories was on our last trip, when he invited me to “Chinchorrear” (Puerto Rican term for bar hopping) through the center of the island with his family. This is a very common activity among locals, who usually do this in big groups during the weekends.
We took the road to Aibonito, a beautiful town in the middle of the mountains that’s so high that the temperature even drops a little. On our journey, we stopped in a few “Chinchorros”, small bars that serve food and very cheap but delicious drinks. The last place we went to was my favorite. It’s called “El Escondite” and it’s literally a little house hidden in the middle of the mountains. It has a very original music jukebox (that still works, hell yeah!), a pool table and an enormous patio with hammocks and chairs to enjoy the most extraordinary view.
I had a blast! After so much places I got to my hotel exhausted but fully satisfied. When you go to the center of the island you discover there’s so much more to Puerto Rico than just spectacular beaches. Those magnificent mountains hide truly memorable places.