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

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One of Casa Grande Mountain Retreat's cabins, equipped with a private balcony and swinging hammock.
A view from Casa Grande Mountain Retreat near Utuado, Puerto Rico.
— Whitney Tressel
Driving up the mountain of Cerra Punta, the tallest peak on all of Puerto Rico island.
— Whitney Tressel
View of Toro Negro State Forest from Cerra Punta.
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Local Puerto Rican pointing the way to a hidden waterfall off the beaten path near highways 143 and 511.
— Whitney Tressel
One of the La Ruta Panoramica's many waterfalls, near Jayuya.
— Whitney Tressel
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
One of the guests on the grounds of Hacienda Pomarrosa, volunteering to take part in the coffee bean harvest.
— Whitney Tressel
Learning about the nuances of coffee production at Hacienda Pomarrosa.
— Whitney Tressel
Sebastian Legner, son of Hacienda Pomarrosa founders Kurt and Eva, preparing fresh lattes for guests
— Whitney Tressel
Café art at Hacienda Pomarrosa.
— Whitney Tressel
One of many Coqui frogs heard throughout Puerto Rico
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Signage along La Ruta Panoramica between Jayuya and Maunabo.
— Whitney Tressel
A horse grazing along the Ruta, near Maunabo.
— Whitney Tressel
Antique coffee grinders displayed at Hacienda San Pedro's cafe museum.
— Whitney Tressel
Owner Roberto Atienza of Hacienda San Pedro.
— Whitney Tressel
Doña Juana, a large waterfall in Jayuya.
— Whitney Tressel
A beautiful view of Yabucoa.
— Whitney Tressel
Driving along La Ruta Panoramica with other road trippers, enjoying a beautiful October day.
— Whitney Tressel
Scenes while driving through Carite State Park near Yabucoa.
— Whitney Tressel
A beautiful overlook at the coastal town of Maunabo.
— Whitney Tressel
Walking the colorful streets of Old San Juan.
— Whitney Tressel
A view from El Morro in Old San Juan overlooking the blue Atlantic ocean.
— Whitney Tressel

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.

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