Located between the municipalities of Adjuntas, Guayanilla, Peñuela and Yauco. It is home to Puerto Rico’s seventh highest peak, Pico Guilarte, also known as Monte del Guaraguao. It is located 1,204 meters above sea level. The rest of the forest is between 2,500 and 3,900 parts above sea level. In 1935 this land was separated as a forest area or conservation reserve of flora, fauna, soils and water. He is currently under the administration of the Forest Management Division. An area for passive outdoor recreation was separated.
The forest is classified as subtropical rainforest. It receives an average of 90 inches of rain and its temperature varies between 60 and 75 degrees Farenheit.
172 species of trees coexist divided into two bioclimatic zones.
1.Forest of Palma de Sierra (Prestorea montana) that populates the high slopes and
the Taiba (Sapium laurocerasum) 2.
The high peaks and exposed valleys characterized by low-rise vegetation, evergreen and small leaves such asTabebuia schumanniana and Ocotea spatulata, There are also plantations of Eucalyptus and Capá prieto. Also jaguilla trees
Serves as a refuge for numerous species of plants and animals.
The Guilarte Forest (Bosque de Guilarte) is a beautiful area, located high up in the mountains of Adjuntas. “Cool and green” are the best words I can find to describe it. There is a hiking trail to the peak which offers beautiful views – when you are lucky. For those that don’t like hiking, there is a lovely flat, paved walking area to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. This forest is a bit off the beaten path … you really have to want to make the trip. But there are a few other things in the area that are nice to see, like waterfalls, natural pools, and a hanging bridge. You can make a nice day-trip by bundling a visit to this forest together with a few different stops in the area.