Casa Pueblo (30 Calle Rodofo Gonzáles, 787/829-4842, www.casapueblo.org, Mon. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Tues.–Sun. 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m., $2 donation) is a 19th-century structure that has been transformed by a local nonprofit group into a cultural center with exhibition space, a butterfly garden, and a gift shop selling the locally produced Madre Isla coffee.
The same group recently established and continues working to restore the nearby Bosque del Pueblo, a forest reserve that was once mined for copper. It now contains hiking trails and primitive campgrounds. Permits are required and can be obtained from Casa Pueblo.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition