Fort Caprón, Guánica

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By: Waldemar Rosa


Adventure and the passion to find out about wonderful places from where I can take a good photograph and experience was what led me last Wednesday, February 18, 2015, to visit the town of Guánica, Puerto Rico.  A town full of history, what your mind can and cannot imagine, and spectacular scenery!  Within the town of Guánica, I went down PR-333 toward that municipality’s forest called Bosque Seco, or Dry Forest, which is to the south of the island.  Guánica’s Bosque Seco forest is a place designated by the United Nations in 1981 as an International Biospheric Reserve.  The designation is based on its features, such as its high temperatures, the few inches of rainfall annually, but especially its innumerable natural resources.  Guánica’s Bosque Seco is home to endangered species, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.  Well, once there I started walking down its paths of dry soil, adorned with shrubs, cactus, and butterflies.  I could only hear the wind and the beating of my heart, and the adrenaline and the heat I felt at that moment, while going into the unknown.  The heat becomes secondary, while you enjoy the scenery and continue your journey into the forest.  After walking for more than 20 minutes, approximately, I encountered an impressive structure. It is Fort Caprón!  The fort was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a Spanish monitoring station during the Spanish-Cuban-American War.  I started climbing the brick steps until I reached the fort, located in the highest point of Guánica’s Bosque Seco.  Once there, I could see the Guánica Bay, the sugar mill, the Lajas Valley, and more. The experience was marvelous.  In a single place you can find out about the past, the present, and feel that air of freedom, that air that one breathes at the top of Fort Caprón!

Y Waldemar Rosa