Located in the Cordillera Central, Cerro de Punta or just Cerro Punta is the highest peak in Puerto Rico, at an elevation of 1.338m (4,390ft) above the sea level. The road to the summit is very steep in some places, so it’s definitely not a “Sunday drive”.
The road to the summit is asphalted but extremely narrow and steep- The mountain road to the summit is called Route 143. It’s part of the Ruta Panorámica. It must be travelled very slowly as it is not possible to see traffic coming from the opposite direction for any significant length.
It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. This weathered road is very crooked with steep drop-offs. 4x4 recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. At the summit there are several antennas. The view from the top is said to be "the best view in all of Puerto Rico". On a clear day, it is possible to see virtually the entire island, including as far as San Juan, which is over 75 miles away. There is an observation platform at the top of the mountain.
Pic&video: Edgar Ortiz