El Chupacabra (Goat Sucker)

In 1995, the media in Puerto Rico began to alarm the public, reporting several attacks of farm and rural town animals found with puncture wounds on their neck or their chest, and their blood was extracted through small circular incisions. Even though these mysterious beasts known as the chupacabra were seen earlier in the mid-1970’s in Puerto Rico, and sightings have been reported in Central and South America, some areas of Europe, as well as in many zones in the south of United ChupacabraStates; the legend began in Puerto Rico.

While I lived there, I remember hearing about the “Boricua Vampire“.  Many people confessed they saw a strange beast; however, Madelyne Torretino was the first one to describe it.  She told the press, one evening she was standing on the porch of her home and saw a bizarre creature of about 3 to 4 feet tall. The strange animal had an oval head, pointed and long teeth, with bulging red eyes that glowed when it looked at her. The mysterious creature had leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines running down its back. She felt frightened and didn’t move, but the chupacabra seemed scared of her and quietly left.

There are a few versions about its origin. Some people believe the chupacabra could be a runaway of a hybrid experiment by scientists at NASA. Others suggest it could be an alien pet that was left after extraterrestrials visited Earth, and others wonder if it could be a vampire bat.

Regardless the people in Puerto Rico, at first, felt fearful, after further investigation, the press reassured them that the chupacabra was only interested in the animal’s blood, making jokes that they found humans too contaminated with toxins and fat in their veins.

Through several testing scientists conducted of the  DNA of some dead chupacabras, they have concluded these strange creatures were coyotes with a skin disease called mange. This infection causes parasitic mites to nest under the skin of its host and secrete eggs that take over the skin, triggering an inflammatory reaction from the immune system. They indicated that the weakness of these canines causes the need to suck blood from animals because they don’t have the strength to eat them.

The most recent sighting of a chupacabra was in 2007 when several Houston country residents described the creature as the ugliest and the horrendous thing they have ever seen. After witnessing it, they didn’t know how to label it. While some of them said they have seen coyotes with mange; many doubt the origin of the creepy creature that looks so grotesque.

The mystery about these strange beasts remains unsolved.  Could they be a new hybrid of canines and vampires?  If they are aliens, why are they here? Why were they found in Puerto Rico for the first time and have they left the island for good or are they just hiding in a subterranean extraterrestrial base that hides in Puerto Rico?

The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

Since 1492, when Christopher Columbus wrote in his journal about the strange activity he noticed in the calm and serene waters of the Bermuda Triangle, the legend has become a great mystery. Even though the US Board of Geographic Names does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an official name and the US Navy doesn’t believe that it exists; this zone is worldly known as the Devil’s Triangle, and the Twilight Zone.

Recorded in his diary, the first occurrence Columbus noticed was a large ball of light falling from the sky, sighting later in his trip a few dancing lights on the horizon. Then in 1945, a squadron of five US Navy pilots of flight 19 vanished after they asked for help by radio. When a rescue plane went to look for the Navy Bombers, it also disappeared. Since then, hundreds of people in either ships or planes continued to vanish inexplicably throughout the years.

Located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, the three vertices that form the triangle are Miami, San Juan, and Bermuda. The only logical explanation for these incidents is that the area is very unpredictable, rapidly emerging the weather into violent storms.  Bizarre conclusions include aliens living under the sea, the mythical city known as Atlantis may be laying at the bottom of the ocean, and unknown chemicals existing in those waters. Many experts have pointed out that high currents are caused due to shallow areas and deep channels; confusing even experienced sailors.

“The Bermuda Triangle,” published in 1974 by Charles Berlitz, a famous linguist, who also had a keen interest in the paranormal, believed not only that Atlantis was real, but also that it had a connection to the triangle in some way. After his book, there was a lot of publicity supporting his theory, and adding more supernatural details to the legend.

Scientists rather support a geological or hydrological explanation; stating that electrical spark ignited a huge bubble of methane that came to the surface right next to the planes or ships, causing them to sink without a trace. Although it was stated that methane exists around the world, such incidents have never been reported in other places.

A lot of supernatural activity takes places in Puerto Rico. Were the Indian Taínos aware of this zone and how could they survive the dangerous waters of the Bermuda Triangle when traveling in their canoes? Are the UFO’s sightings related to rumors of aliens living in those waters? Regardless of the scientific rationalizations; can they be sure of what is causing this? Can this energy that seems to alter the calm waters of the triangle be verified? The mystery remains unknown; noticing our primitive inhabitants when they first landed on the island that there is something remarkable and powerful in Puerto Rico.

bermuda triangle

Are the Taínos Extinct or Alive?

After traveling by canoe through South America, our aboriginal Indians decided to settle down in the mountainous regions of the island, finding a paradise in the beautiful archipelago they called Borinkén; meaning land of God. The first inhabitants of Puerto Rico were descendants of the Arawak tribe; who in the 13th century developed into the Taíno culture. Even though they lived in a community with harmony, cooperation, and respect, they had to protect themselves from the Indian Caribs, who were cannibals and warlike.

The Taínos evolved into highly intelligent, spiritual and resourceful Indians, who made a living as farmers and fisherman. To communicate with their ancestors and Yocahú, (the god of all good), they carved on the rocks hieroglyphs, whose meanings are still a mystery.  They believed in life after death, so they buried their dead ones with food, water, and they would also place a cemí, (a figurine they crafted resembling their God) to protect them in their next journey.

Upon the discovery of Borinkén, Christopher Columbus notes stated they were very noble and hospitable. Due to their generous nature, the Taínos welcomed the Spaniards to their land with open arms because they believed the colonists were immortal beings. However, the Spaniards abused them because they believed the Indians were inferior; forcing them to do mining work without providing food.

Even though history claims that our ancestors disappeared by the end of the sixteen centuries, a recent study has proven wrong this historical fact. A professor of genetics from the University of Puerto Rico, Juan Carlos Martínez Cruzado was able to conduct an analysis, testing about 300 Puerto Ricans to find out that distinctive pieces of Taíno DNA were found in the modern Puerto Rican. For that matter, this investigation indicates that instead of the Taíno race being extinct, our ancestors evolved into a contemporary Boricua.

Even though the tyranny of the Spaniards during the colonization caused the Taíno tribe to disappear quickly, the Puerto Rican heritage lives in the immortal spirit of our Indians who were spiritually advanced. In my opinion, each Puerto Rican is gifted with the intelligence and spiritual resources our aboriginal ancestors had.

I wonder how could these primitive beings, known as the Taínos  became so spiritually advanced? Even though history states they were descedants from the Arawak Indians; where did they come from? Why the Spaniards thought they were inferior? And most important, as a modern Boricua, what are you presently doing to honor your legacy? As a proud Puerto Rican, I feel very lucky to have Taíno blood, and hope to become a great catalyst to serve my beautiful native land.

Sol-taino-muse by Tanya Torres

The Eye of the Water Village

When I was in high school, one of my best friends who had recently moved to Aguadilla from San Juan told me she couldn’t understand why her parents wanted to leave the metropolitan area to live in a rural town where nothing was going on. At first, she hated the idea of moving there, but it didn’t take long for her to realize that Aguadilla is a great place to live. Her parents bought a house that was on a cliff, facing a spectacular view of the ocean. We used to go horseback riding from their home to Borinquen Beach, and all of what used to be Ramey Base.

Many of my relatives or friends who lived in San Juan would rather spend their vacations with us. Meeting at Crashboat Beach was the thing to do. Besides sun tanning, body surfing, diving from the pier, playing paletas (paddle-ball), and snorkeling;  the picturesque beach had many kiosks with food, as well as cantinas, (cheap restaurants) with native food. We would be there until sunset, sometimes going for a boat ride throughout Aguadilla’s beautiful beaches.

Crash Boat, Aguadilla
Crash Boat, Aguadilla

Nestled in the northwestern coastal valley of the island, Aguadilla is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.  Its name derives from a Taíno Indian name, Guadiya, meaning garden. Known as La Villa del Ojo (the eye of water village), the stunning scenery borders the rural and small town with a crystal sea. Distinguished by their white sands and deep blue clear waters; Crash Boat, Wilderness and Gas Chambers are considered the best beaches for surfing.

The historic town square, called Plaza de Recreo, is located right on the edge of a beautiful bay. Located right across from the plaza, the mayor’s house and the ancient Cathedral complement the court with their Spanish architecture. Only a few minutes walking distance, El Ojo de Agua (the eye of water), a beautiful garden also known as Parterre, is a natural spring and ancient source of water used during the Spanish colonization.

Parque Colón, Aguadilla
Mayor’s House, Aguadilla

Parque Colón, named after Christopher Columbus, is on the shoreline of the beach. The public park is considered to be one of the two sites where the Spaniards first landed on the island on November 19, 1493. A playground, Banyan tree house, monuments, food kiosks, recreational and picnic areas are available for the entire family to have a splendid time. Colegio San Carlos, the school I attended, is a few blocks from the park. We spent our field days on the baseball field right next to Parque Colón. I remember being able to go to the beach on my lunch break, which was only steps away from the school. So many wonderful memories!

Parque Colón, Aguadilla
Parque Colón, Aguadilla
Parque Colón, Aguadilla

Depending where you live, you may be able to fly to the international airport, named after the famous composer, Rafael Hernández. Known as the second biggest airport in the country and the largest runway of the Caribbean, it was built during the Second World War, as part of the Ramey Air Force Base and became a property of Puerto Rico in 1973.

Las Cascadas is the biggest water park in the Caribbean, listed as one of the best ten in the world and a fun place to go with your family. So for being a small and rural town, there is plenty to do. The driving distance from the metropolitan area is about two hours. I like it better than San Juan because besides the traffic being less congested, the town is hundreds of feet above sea level, refreshing you a pleasant breeze, even on a hot day. If you want to be surrounded by a stunning view, watching the most splendors sunsets while you eat, going for walks at night, indulging in a glowing sky with bright stars and relaxing in beaches with calm waters, Aguadilla welcomes you.

The Hidden World Inside El Yunque

Have you ever being to El Yunque? If you haven’t, imagine driving through the congested traffic of the metropolitan area toward the sublime mountain on the north-eastern coast. As you are heading to the top, visualize the elevated and curvy road # 191, surrounded by a canopy of majestic trees and giant ferns. Away from the big and crowded city, the melody of the tweeting birds and the singing coquís, pleasantly resonate with the sounds of the waterfalls. Through the brilliant atmosphere, a fresh and opaque air envelopes both the flora and the fauna, creating a portrait its colorful wildlife.

You can choose from easy to difficult hikes, taking you the sheltered trails through the magical forest. If you can walk to the highest peak that rises over 3,500 feet above sea level; a hazy veil covers the dwarf forest, where the spirits of Yocahú and Atabey are gleaming through the lively vegetation. At the top of the mountain, you will reach the sky, and face the damp wind, as you feel its intensity fusing with the passing clouds. Across the vibrant foliage, you may be able to see our indigenous ancestors dancing in the light rain. While you hear the waterfalls whispering ancient secrets; the melody of the coquís welcomes you to a hidden world. And if you are brave enough to reach El Toro Peak, you may hear the chants of our primitive ancestors in the murmur of the falls.

Home to thousands of plants, this 28,000-acre mountain is the only rain forest in the United States. Hallowed to our Taíno ancestors, this land is one of the most beautiful, mystical and fascinating places in the world. Highly endangered, the bright green Puerto Rican parrots are a rare treasure inhabiting in the rain forest, and if you can see one, it may be a celestial message. Also known as White Land, our indigenous Taínos named the forest after their god Yocahú. As our primitive ancestors discovered a paradise in the high area of Sierra Luquillo, they made that land their home, honoring the grandiosity of Mother Earth.

Besides its spectacular view, why is El Yunque considered such an enigmatic and mystical place? Throughout the years, several mysterious stories that had happened there had been reported. Many locals that live in the surroundings of the rainforest claim they have seen UFO’s, some reptile beings and a rare animal known as the chupacabra, (goat sucker). The Taínos believe this land enabled them to transit to other dimensions. El Toro Peak is not for everybody. The secluded hike is difficult, as it takes about 3-4 hours. However, the reward for experiencing the energy of the hidden world promises to uplift your spirit in the paradise island.El Yunque Peak


Born and raised in a beautiful country known as The Island of Enchantment, the small town where I grew up is named Aguadilla. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the rural landscape; the tropical village resembles an astonishing portrait. When I was a little girl, I remember having invisible friends that talked to me all the time. They whispered wise secrets through the playful breeze, urging me to write them down and promising me that if I ever lose myself in this journey, I would be able to find my way through those secrets. They told me that nature emanates a magical energy that can help us find true joy and that we are all connected to nature.  Compelled to share with you about all the enthralling and mysterious places where the energy could transport you to other worlds, I am honoring the voice that has given me the inspiration to portray through my thoughts the magic that resides in Puerto Rico.

Also known our island as Borinkén, its indigenous Taíno name means “the land of the brave lord.” Descendants from the Arawak Indians, our primitive ancestors were highly conscious, skillful and remarkably gifted with an inner knowledge that guided them through their journeys. They worshiped Yocahú and Atabey, their noble gods who protected them from catastrophes, allowing them to find a paradise in Puerto Rico. They were able to understand quantum physics; spiritually transiting to different dimensions while they believed there was a hidden and holy world in the sublime mountain known as El Yunque. Nature was sacred for them; finding a heavenly aura in their environment. They knew what true joy is all about, recognizing that the ephemeral emotion of happiness is the dance of the soul. After carving a some unknown symbols in selected rocks surrounding the island; and extensive studies had been performed to decipher those codes, the meaning remains a mystery.

Wanting to meet other cultures and places, when I was 20 years old, I moved to Florida to study Journalism.  In my most recent visit to the island, since the moment I got there; in spite of the uproar of the airport and the hectic pace of the metropolitan area, an internal voice urged me to be aware of the environment. Excited to be there and recognizing the voice, I knew that no matter where I live, my heart will always belong to Puerto Rico. The sun of that hazy and breezy afternoon merged with the dense clouds, painting a pair of bright wings in the dim sky. After several years of living away from my island, I feel a calling to share with you about all the stunning places where magic becomes tangent, inviting you to reach other dimensions.

During my visit, the natives warned me to be very careful because of the crime rate that continues to increase. I noticed that many of the citizens don’t respect nature, throwing litter everywhere. Ignorance is the opposite of wisdom and in so many ways; I saw how our people would continue to live their lives with obliviousness. Knowing that my antecedents were highly advanced spiritual beings that understood the universal laws makes me feel so special and fortunate for the rich spiritual inheritance they had left us. Even though there are many enchanting and beautiful places in other parts of the world; Puerto Rico is one of the most magical countries in the planet, covering the island a transparent and mystic veil where mystery reigns all over the place.  From highly spiritual native Indians inhabiting the island centuries ago that became our antecedents, to pirates searching for gold, to Puerto Rico being one of the Bermuda Triangle, to having UFOs sightings all over the peninsula, to old San Juan being the oldest area in US territory, to having the world largest radio telescope; the island is definitively a place where super natural activities are always taking place.

In this blog, I would like to offer many facts from historians and recent studies.  Besides offering information about the places where mystery reigns, I want to share many people´s view as well as mine. If you have never been to Puerto Rico, I hope this information will arouse your curiosity about visiting our mystical peninsula. And hopefully you may be able to experience the magic the Taínos were able to manifest, and even hear in the melody of the coquí some of the secrets of our ancestors that history hasn’t been able to discover yet.