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Photos: A Road Trip Down Puerto Rico's La Ruta Panorámica

Puerto Rico's rugged 167-mile "scenic route" leads to waterfalls, coffee plantations—and a wild side of the island you won't find at just any old resort.

  1. One of Casa Grande Mountain Retreat's cabins, equipped with a private balcony and swinging hammock.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  2. A view from Casa Grande Mountain Retreat near Utuado, Puerto Rico.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  3. Driving up the mountain of Cerra Punta, the tallest peak on all of Puerto Rico island.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  4. View of Toro Negro State Forest from Cerra Punta.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  5. Local Puerto Rican pointing the way to a hidden waterfall off the beaten path near highways 143 and 511.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  6. One of the La Ruta Panoramica's many waterfalls, near Jayuya.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  7. One of two houses available for stay at Hacienda Pomarrosa, this one complete with two twin beds, living room and balcony for only $150 per night.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  8. One of the guests on the grounds of Hacienda Pomarrosa, volunteering to take part in the coffee bean harvest.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  9. Learning about the nuances of coffee production at Hacienda Pomarrosa.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  10. Sebastian Legner, son of Hacienda Pomarrosa founders Kurt and Eva, preparing fresh lattes for guests

    (Whitney Tressel)
  11. Café art at Hacienda Pomarrosa.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  12. One of many Coqui frogs heard throughout Puerto Rico

    (Whitney Tressel)
  13. Signage along La Ruta Panoramica between Jayuya and Maunabo.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  14. A horse grazing along the Ruta, near Maunabo.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  15. Antique coffee grinders displayed at Hacienda San Pedro's cafe museum.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  16. Owner Roberto Atienza of Hacienda San Pedro.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  17. Doña Juana, a large waterfall in Jayuya.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  18. A beautiful view of Yabucoa.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  19. Driving along La Ruta Panoramica with other road trippers, enjoying a beautiful October day.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  20. Scenes while driving through Carite State Park near Yabucoa.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  21. A beautiful overlook at the coastal town of Maunabo.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  22. Walking the colorful streets of Old San Juan.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  23. A view from El Morro in Old San Juan overlooking the blue Atlantic ocean.

    (Whitney Tressel)

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