Sunday, September 9, 2012

Orocovis, Puerto Rico

Orocovis, Puerto Rico is located in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range), and is the geographical center of the island.  Orocovis nickname is “The Heart of Puerto Rico.”  The highest peak of the town is Cerro Mogote.  Most of the high peaks are in the southern region of Orocovis.

Orocovis is known for the folk art tradition of wood-carved saints.  One of the notable artist of wood-carves saints, Celestino Avilés, founded the Museo de la Familia Avilés, where visitors can see his signature works.

Many Puerto Rican performers were either born or raised in Orocovis, and that is why Orocovis is sometimes called "The Musical Capital of Puerto Rico."  Some of these musicians are: Bobby Valentín, merengue singer Manny Manue, Emma and Edwin Colón-Zayas, and folk singer Andrés Jiménez.

These are the Orocovis festivals: Orocovis Fiestas Patronales are held in June. the Infant Theater Festival in April; the Festival del Camarón in July; the Arts Craft Fair in September; and the National Festival of the Puerto Rican Pastel in November.

A two hours drive from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will take you to Orocovis Tourist attractions.  These are the places to see: “El Chorro de Doña Juana” (Doña Juana Waterfalls),  Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, Toro Negro Forest Reserve, and Mirador Orocovis-Villalba, where, from a lookout tower 2000 feet above sea level, you can enjoy a great view of the mountains and both the Atlantic Ocean on the North and the Caribbean Sea on the South.

Take a look at this video of Doña Juana Waterfalls in Orocovis:

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