Caño Tiburones Natural Protected Area

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Overlooked at simple sight or from the highway, the Caño Tiburones Natural Reserve, located between Arecibo and Barceloneta, hides an amazing landscape, where aquatic birds, fish and typical wetland vegetation, such as the lotus flower and the water hyacinth are abundant. To enjoy the essence and fullness of this natural protected area a boat trip is mandated. All through the trip, your sight will be astonished with the beauty observed in this natural system that almost seems pristine; irrespective of some environmental issues that may threaten its integrity.

As accounted by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), agency that manages the area, in the site there are 206 species of birds, 26 families of insects, six reptiles, nine crustaceous, and 21 species of fish including native, endemic, migratory and endangered species. During your ride you can frequently view coots, herons, the black-necked Stilt and the brown pelican, plus the green iguana; among other species. This body of water, protected by Law on October 16, 1998, is considered one of the largest in Puerto Rico. Its territorial extension is of approximately 6798.55 acres.

Its dimension, together with its hydrological, geological and biotic characteristics, make this unique place one of great ecological value. A collaborative strategy was put in place by the DNER for the management and administration of the reserve. This involves working in cooperation with different entities and interest groups, such as fishermen, bird watchers, eco tourist and neighbors. An education, ecotourism or research visit can be coordinated by contacting 787-816-0822 o 787-880-0656.

“All through the trip, your sight will be astonished with the beauty observed in this natural system that almost seems pristine; irrespective of some environmental issues that may threaten its integrity.”