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Beschreibung des Verlags
To find the real Puerto Rico -- the one that shopping malls and condos have yet to reach -- head for the towns and villages of the Cordillera Central, or Central Mountains. Bisected by the Ruta Panoramica (Scenic Route), the mountains provide a relaxing getaway with an atmosphere so unlike the coast that it feels like an entirely different island. The Ruta Panoramica is a driving adventure covering more than a hundred miles of countryside, including coffee plantations, old jÌbaro country and four forests: Carite, Toro Negro, Guilarte and Maricao. Along the route are valleys, canyons, wide-open terraces and views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Visitors who don't have time to do the whole Ruta Panoramica might consider a driving tour starting out from San Juan to the San Cristobal canyon in Aibonito, returning via Barranquitas -- easily doable in a day if you start out early. Or take a few days to enjoy secluded swimming holes, hiking trails, cloud forest and the hospitality of the mountain locals. This guide tells you everything about the region: where to stay & eat, what to see & do, how to get around, the history & culture, the fiestas & the cuisine. Filled with maps & photos.