Morovis, PR

Historical records tell of one single town that was spared from a cholera epidemic that decimated the population of Puerto Rico in the year 1853. It almost sounds like either a miracle or an “x-file,” and so thought the residents of the municipality of Morovis. Whenever the tragic episode was mentioned, people would remark how it affected all of the island except Morovis. This is where its nickname in Spanish originates from: “La Isla menos Morovis.”

Although only about an hour West of the San Juan Metro Area, this calm municipality’s charms sometimes remain hidden, as tourism is far from its main industry. As was common in this region, Morovis developed an economy based on agriculture -mainly coffee plantations and cattle.

Set between the coast and the Cordillera Central, the landscape of Morovis is spectacular. One can see the mountains sloping down towards the ocean. These slopes reveal many treasures including the Cuevas de Cabachuela, which have yielded archeological artifacts and etchings of the native taínos, and the waterfall at Barrio Perchas. Moroveños also cherish the Puente Colorao. The reddish color which gave it its name is now gone, but a flamboyán tree spreads its branches of bright, orange-red flowers over it.

A visit to Morovis is not complete without sampling its “Pan de la Patita Echá.” This type of bread is available at Panadería La Patria, one of the oldest bakeries in the island, open since mid-19th century. The artisans in town specialize in the ten-stringed musical instrument known as “el cuatro” (literally, the four – just don’t call it a small guitar!). El cuatro plays an important part in Puerto Rican folklore and music. A festival in honor of this national symbol is celebrated annually in Morovis.

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