Casa Cabuy, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

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The view of the rainforest from the deck of Casa Cabuy. Can you believe it - that's an avocado tree!!
This place was a great find as well, thanks to the suggestion from Katrina at La Finca! I'm constantly reminded of how short distances are on this small island compared with how far we often drive in the states - from Ponce, it was only about a 1.5 hour drive to Casa Cabuy. The main highway out of Ponce was very well maintained and comfortable and it didn't take long before we were exiting off the freeway and heading up a very narrow and winding road that rose higher and higher in the hills. Just when we thought we couldn't go up any higher - and in fact, I don't think there is much road beyond Casa Cabuy - we arrived at our destination. Casa Cabuy is perched on a hillside overlooking a stunning gorge with views of the El Yunque rainforest right across from you.
The lush greenery was amazing.....
The other thing that immediately grabs your attention is the sound of the roaring waterfall that rests at the bottom of the gorge. Casa Cabuy itself has a very indoor, outdoor feel with comfortable open places where you can hang out and enjoy the view and cooler temperatures (I would say it was at least 10 degrees cooler up there). Matthew, the owner, greeted us warmly and almost immediately offered us some fresh mango and papaya - talk about tasty! Casa Cabuy has a trail from it's backyard that winds it's way down to the waterfall/river and once there, you can continue to the other side where the trail picks and goes on for some distance. Matthew has a map of the trail system at Casa Cabuy which makes it really easy to find. Unfortunately, it began raining pretty hard once we made it to the water resulting in very slippery rocks (which I can attest to personally - ouch!!) so we contented ourselves with playing in the crystal clear pools of the waterfall and soaking in the calming scenery.
Tropical flowers everywhere.....
That night we accompanied another couple to the only restaurant that was just down the road, Noella's. The unpretentious atmosphere put us right at ease and the sangria and mouthwatering food were exceptional! There were two rice dishes and the one Jim had was out of this world and the standard rice and beans were also quite tasty. Noella herself greeted us, cooked our meal and brought it to us with the utmost pride. The next morning were were treated to a sumptuous breakfast spread (included with the price of your room) served in the communal dining room. It was a perfect opportunity to chat with the other guests and swap travel stories. That morning we shared the table with a couple from Kansas City, three very funny women from Canada and a fun loving group of Norwegians and Germans. it made for lots of fun conversation! After breakfast, we were on our way again to round out our amazing trip to Puerto Rico with two fun filled days in San Juan. Stay tuned.......
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The view of the rainforest from th…
The view of the rainforest from t…
The lush greenery was amazing.....
The lush greenery was amazing.....
Tropical flowers everywhere.....
Tropical flowers everywhere.....
This is the waterfall below Casa C…
This is the waterfall below Casa …
The water was cool but very refres…
The water was cool but very refre…
How cool!  These bananas were grow…
How cool! These bananas were gro…
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