Cerro Las Tetas, nicknamed Las Tetas de Cayey, are two mountain peaks located in the municipality of Salinas, about a one-hour drive from San Juan. Since September 2000, they have become part of a Puerto Rico Natural Reserve and are protected by law. The peaks are so named for their resemblance to a woman’s breasts. The word “tetas” is colloquial for “breasts” in Spanish, much like the English word “tits”. They rise to 2,759 feet (841 meters) above sea level, and their location in the south ridge of the Central Mountain Range (la Cordillera Central) provides a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea, with the coolest temperatures of all the climbing areas in Puerto Rico.
Climbing has been developed on both the east and west peaks, and all the walls will offer you a completely different sport climbing experience on the island. The weathered basalt provides crimps and edges, and demands smearing and stemming, very different from the usual pockets and tufas on most limestone crags in Puerto Rico. It is also the perfect setting: an isolated area visited only by climbers, with a short 15-minute approach from the parking area to the east peak. Cerro Las Tetas is home to two classic climbs— Lizard the Wizard and Head to Toe—, although many will argue that other routes should have been conferred the same honor.
Authors: Rossano Boscarino – Edda Jiménez
Editors: Blanca Paniagua