Parque Ceremonial de Caguana en Utuado

Parque Ceremonial de Caguana en Utuado
Nuestros indios nos dejaron su legado, costumbre, su vida plasmada en esta tierra. Este es el más importante tiene 10 plazas ceremoniales

El Portal del Yunque" The Architecture"

>El Portal means gateways.This unique Center is the gateway to new experiences,a place to enjoy while learning about El Yunque. The tropical architecture blends with the forest to celebrate the bond between people and the environment.The Portal are for young and old alike. Exploration and sensory experiences are way to involve visitors in the process of discovering the many wonders tropical forests have reveal.
Gracias al Concilio Taino por darme la oportunidad de utilizar el cd Homenaje a nuestros Ancestros -- Guaytiao

El Portal del Yunque part 2

The Forest is made up to four very distinctive types of the Tabonuco,Sierra Palm, Palo Colorado, and Cloud Forests.The Tabonuco Forest type which cover14,106 acres in found from Subtropical Moist, Wet and Rain Forest Life Zones at altitudes of 150m to about 700m above sea level .At lower elevations, this forest is home to large straight trees with enormous crowns which emerge above and form a completely dark canopy.The Yagrumo hembra , or weathervane tree and the Yagrumo macho,or matchwood are also quite abundant. Their leaves move to the rhythm of the breeze showing their silver and gold colors.The Sierra Palm, or Palma de Sierra Forest is associated with all zones occurring in the Forest. Found chiefly on steep slopes and stream beds above 1,500 feet above sea level, it commonly forms almost pure strands of Sierra Palms.Since 1946 El Yunque has been a Commonweath Wildlife Refuge .
There are120 vertebrate species which include bats,lizards and birds. Also ,15 species of amphibians inhabit the forest,
In the cool streams,small fish,shrimp and crabs are found. Small lizards are common everywhere, while the Puerto Rican Giant Green Lizard, which can grow up to 16 inches in length , is found mostly in the limestone hills.Bats are the only native species of mammals found in the forest,though the introduced mongoose and rat are also residents. Various land snails thrive in the heavy rainfall of El Yunque . Spiders, centipedes,butterflies and a variety of insects add to the diversity of the fauna.
There are 16 species of tree frogs in Puerto Rico but only two produce the special co-kee sound which has become a symbol of all tree frogs in the Island. Some call to defend their territory, others are made by mating male to discourage other males from attracting females .The Coqui does not go through a tadpole stage. The female lays 28 eggs and at the end of the incubation, tiny froglets, replicas of the adults, emerge.Coquis living in the coastal lowlands are tree-dwellers: those living in the highlands live mostly on the ground
The Puerto Rican Boa (Epicrates inomatus) is among the snakes that inhabit the forest, although it is seldom seen. A non-poisonous snake, it is hunted for its oil used as folk remedy. It is the largest native species of snake, growing to over 6 feet in length. There is ongoing research to decide whether the Boa should be considered endangered or not at this time. Everything in the forest is protected
Gracias al Concilio Taino por darme la oportunidad de utilizar el cd Homenaje a nuestros Ancestros -- Guaytiao"

El Portal del Yunque -parte 3

The Forest is a site for forestry training for people from around the world in cooperation with the International Institute of Tropical Forestry . It is the best studied tropical forests in the world .Lessons learned here help in developing wise management strategies for forests around the world.Over 200 inches of rain, or about 100 billion gallons, fall every year over the expanse of El Yunque .Eleven of Puerto Ricos major rivers rise here. An estimated 20% of the islands populations depend on the forests water for domestic use. Filtered by forest vegetation these are some of the purest water found on the island.4 Birds, although not very often seen, contribute to the life and colors of the forest. Some 66 species are found in El Yunque, including nine which are unique to the Island.The Puerto Rican Parrot,PuertoRican Lizard-Cuckoo,Green Mango,Puerto Rican Emerald, Puerto Rican Tdy,Puerto Rican Woodpecker,Elfin Woods Warbler, Puerto Rican Tanager and Puerto Rican Bullfinch.
The Forest is home to bright colored hibiscus and more than eighty orchid varieties, leaves, vines such as the giant elephant ears and more than 150 varieties of fern. Creeping bamboos as well as mosses hanging from trees are a common sight.
Many of the medication we use today come from rain forest plant. Cortisone is one of them. There are others used to treat heart disease, leukemia and nervous disorders. To today ,only a fraction of the more than half-million plant found in the rain forests have been investigated in the laboratory
Gracias al Concilio Taino por darme la oportunidad de utilizar el cd- Homenaje A Nuestros Ancestros -Buren

El Yunque-Rio Grande

Yunque is located in a green belt like most Tropical forest around the Equator, The Equator cover approximately seven percent of the Earths surface. El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. The Sierra de Luquillo Mountains which transverse this area receive over 200 inches of rain a year.Located in the east side of Puerto Rico, the forests covers an area of 28,000 acres.El Yunque is big in diversity, There are more species of trees in the Forest that there are in all the other forests of the National Forest System put together.The Yokahu Tower can be seen from various forest locations. The view offers the opportunity to study the four different forest types, mountain peaks and the remaining effects of Hurricane Hugo
The Taino believed their gods lived in the Sierra de Luquillo.As the home of Yuquiyu, The good God who protected them from all that was evil, gave the cloudy peaks a name which means white or sacred lands. The Spanish explores translated the Taino tern in error to "Yunque
Petroglyphs are etched in some of the forests rocks as a reminder of the early inhabitants of the area, The Taino Indians for whom the forest had a spiritual significance

Gracias al Concilio Taino por darme la oportunidad de utilizar el cd Homenaje A Nuestros Ancestros --Buren

El Yunque - Benicio Del Toro)

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Luquillo National Forest and the Caribbean National Forest, is located on the island of Puerto Rico. It is commonly known as only El Yunque, a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taino word "Yu-ke", thought by scholars to mean "White Lands". However the lightning storms that occur there were to the Spaniards the sound of a giant hammer hitting an anvil (yunque in Spanish).

It is also the name of the second highest mountain peak in the Forest. El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. The forest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains in Puerto Rico, and encompasses 28,000 acres (43.753 mi² or 113.32 km²) of land, making it the largest block of public land on the island of Puerto Rico. El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest rises 1,065 metres (3,537 ft) above sea level.
In descending order of land area the forest is located in the municipalities of Río Grande, Naguabo, Luquillo, Ceiba, Canóvanas, Las Piedras, Fajardo, and Juncos.[3] Forest headquarters are located in Río Grande.

Aguadilla is known as la villa del ojo de agua (village of the eye of water). Aguadilla is also known as el pueblo de los tiburones (town of the sharks), and recently el nuevo jardín del atlántico (the new garden of the atlantic). Aguadilla was founded in 1775 by luis de córdova. Aguadilla derives its name from a name given by the indiansguadilla or guadiya which means garden Aguadilla's attractions is the Ojo de Agua (water eye), this is an underground fresh water source that anciently was used by the Aguadilla Harbor in times of Spanish Occupation.

Parque Central de San Juan

Casa Luis Munoz Rivera

La humilde casa en Madera donde en 1859 nació Luis Muñoz Rivera está dedicado a la memoria de este ilustre puertorriqueño. Se presenta una exhibición con retratos, cartas, libros y otros recuerdos personales de Muñoz Rivera y discute los aspectos más importantes del ciudadano, del político, escritor y periodista, así como su árbol genealógico. La casa, es un típico ejemplo de vivienda urbana puertorriqueña de mediado de siglo 19, construidas en madera y zinc, con un balcón corrido con balaustres de madera calada. Su interior reproduce el ambiente domestico típico de nuestras casas de pueblo. Albergando una colección de muebles de la época, y obyectos y documentos que pertenecieron a Muñoz Rivera .Junto a la casa se ha construido un garaje para conservar el automóvil Pierce Arrow que utilizo Muñoz Rivera en su última campana electoral y en la que fueron trasportados sus restos desde San Juan a Barranquitas en 1916. El renombre de Muñoz Rivera se debe principalmente a su carrera como político y periodistas., que tuvo su inicios en la luchas que llevo en el periódico La Democracia para alcanzar la autonomía de España, y más tarde en el Diario de Puerto Rico, desde el cual lucho contra de los abusos del régimen estadounidense.

Ermita La Tuna

Pueblos fundados y con ermitas. Opispo Francisco JulianAntonio.Visitapastoral1749-1750 Tiene como 25 casasde yaguas alrededor de la plaza.La iglesia es de piedra tejas Pueblos en orden de Fundacion 1-Caparra -1509-traslado a San Juan -1521 2-Sotomayor(Aguada15120-destruido-1511 3-SanGerman-1511 4-SanFrancisco de Aguada-1590 5-Arecibo-1616 6-Coamo-1616 7-Aguada-1692 8-Ponce-1692 9-RioPiedra- 1714 10-Loiza-1719 11-La Tuna-1725 12-Anasco-1728 13-Guayama-1736 14-Manati-1738 15-Utuado-1739 16-Toa Baja -1745 17-Toa Alta-1751 18-san Sebastian -(pepino1752} 19-Yauco -1756 20-Mayaguez-1763 21-Guayama-1769 Lugar: Por Isabela Y Aguadilla, Guajataca


Villancico Yaucano-Yauco, Puerto Rico

Construida en 1919,por el Dr.Francisco Veray Marin como residencia de la familia Veray-Torregrosa y oficina dental para la practica de su profesion .Fue el lugar de nacimiento del celebre musico y compositor yaucano,Amaury Veray Torregrosa,autor del"Villancico Yaucano".Hoy dia en su honor es un Museo que habla de la majestuosa obra musical y vida del virtuoso hijo y orgullo de nuestra Cuidad del Cafe.Ubicado en la calle Santiago Vivaldi#15
Gracias al Alcalde Abel Nazario Quinones por conservar este legado de la historia de Yauco y de Puerto Rico

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