A River With Dreams
This is one of the best photos I have ever seen of this river in Puerto Rico named:The Rio Grande de Loiza river.
Most of the rivers in Puerto Rico originate in the Central Mountain Range. Topographic relief forms four main strands through which rainwater runs into the sea. These slopes are:
- the North side to the Atlantic
- the South side to the Caribbean Sea
- the East side to the Passage and Sonda de Vieques
- the Western slope to the Mona Passage.
The North side is the most significant for the relative abundance of rainfall and the persistence and higher flow of streams. Elsewhere rivers plunge into karst areas characterized by sinkholes and caves. The Eastern side has a unique topography. The mountains come close to the sea and the rivers has cut them into triangular shaped narrow valleys.
On the Southern slope rivers are much shorter than those of the north side due to the proximity of the Central Mountain Range of the coast. Precipitation in the South coast is scarce, so many rivers are dry or their flow is small. The Western side is characterized by a rainy climate. The basins of the rivers here are relatively large with long channels.
Rivers of Puerto Rico
Rio Grande of Loiza, Puerto Rico
A river with dreams is how I perceive this body of water that belongs to the Northern side (or the Atlantic side). It has its source in the Sierra of Cayey, about 3,500 feet (1,073 meters) above sea level. The river Rio Grande of Loiza crosses the municipalities of San Lorenzo, Caguas, Gurabo, Trujillo Alto, Carolina, Canóvanas and Loiza.
The basin of the Rio Grande de Loiza is one of the largest in Puerto Rico. The bodies of water that make this basin are: Rio Grande de Loiza river, Rio Cañas river, Quebrada Arenas river, Bairoa river, Caguitas river, Turabo river, Cayaguas river, Valenciano river, Gurabo river, Quebrada Grande, Canovanillas river, Canóvanas river, and the Carraízo lake. Making its path through these places, it has left and leaves special experiences upon many people.
This river is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) from birth until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico. Even though the river rises in the center of the island, it ends its journey in the pueblo from where it is named and that is Loiza, with its wide, flat mouth, offering its natural beauty and showing the river's gracious size (This is how we all describe its path).
The Rio Grande de Loiza river is dammed (since 1954) forming the Loiza Lake which is located within the boundaries of the municipalities of Trujillo Alto, Caguas and Gurabo, providing water to most of the metropolitan area. It is the largest river in Puerto Rico and it is navigable up to certain point. I heard that the Espiritu Santo River from the municipality of Rio Grande in Puerto Rico was the only navigable river.
Julia de Burgos
Rio Grande de Loiza River and Julia de Burgos
(1914 - 1953) is the famous poet born in Carolina, Puerto Rico; that wrote the poem that bears the name of this river, Rio Grande de Loiza. The verses below are translated by me to let you at least get a hint of her words in this famous poem among the Boricua citizens and many Latin speakers. Julia de Burgos
Rio Grande de Loiza! ... Stretch in my spirit
and let my soul be lost in your streams,
to find the source who stole you from child
and in a mad impetus brought you back to the path.
Screw on my lips and let me drink you,
to feel you mine for a brief moment,
and hide you from the world, and in you hide yourself,
and hear voices of wonder, in the wind's mouth.
The Rio Grande de Loiza river seen from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a breathtaking
From East to West and North to South, Puerto Rico is an amazing island that is enriched by nature, culture and its people. You are welcome in Puerto Rico whenever you want to experience the life that is lived here.
John 4:14 "but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
I invite you to dream with us as you watch the video below. Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
Rio Grande de Loiza poem translated, sung, and pictures all in one
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill