Cañón de San Cristóbal
Puerto Rico 162
Barranquitas, PR 00705
Nature Preserve: Climbing, Hike, Walk
The Cañón de San Cristóbal Natural Protected Area (CSCNPA) is located in the municipalities of Barranquitas and Aibonito, at an elevation ranging from 748 feet (227.8 m) to 2,140 feet (652.2 m) in Puerto Rico’s Metro-Central Region. The area owes its name to its most outstanding topographic feature, the Cañón de San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal Canyon). Extending for approximately 5.6 miles (9 km) in the heart of Puerto Rico’s Cordillera Central, the Cañón de San Cristóbal is a unique geomorphological phenomenon resulting from tectonic movements that caused the rise of the superficial terrestrial crust along the region. It is one of the most spectacular and significant geological features in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. With the erosive action of the Río Usabón still sculpting its way along the canyon’s bottom, the structural characteristics of the canyon have led to the establishment of exceptional and unique ecosystems and biological communities that are home to more than 749 species of plants and wildlife. Its rocky riverbed captures the waters of an elaborate system of tributaries throughout its nearly 6.52 miles (10.5 km) of length, creating waterfalls and natural ponds including the breathtaking Salto La Vaca, the highest waterfall in Puerto Rico at approximately 300 feet (91.4 m). All but the most experience hikers and rock climbers should not attempt hiking and or climbing here without a guide. Hikes and tours should only be attempted if you are in good physical condition. There is no visitor center. Call 787.722.5882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or inquire in the cities of Aibonito and Barranquitas.