Located on top of majestic 200-foot limestone cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo is located on the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico. The lighthouse was built in 1882 by the Spanish government in order to guide passing ships through the southeast entrance from the Caribbean Sea through the treacherous Mona Passage into the Atlantic Ocean.
It is said that Cabo Rojo obtained its name by the considerable amount of minerals in its coasts that made the waters look reddish. Cabo means headland and rojo means the color red. As for the lighthouse, it was renovated to the tune of three million dollars and re-opened to the public in 2007 after being abandoned for several years (we didn’t have time to go inside). The old cast-iron, copper and glass lantern still houses the original illuminating apparatus and a lenticular lens manufactured by the French firm Sautter, Lemonnier and Company.
I visited this site with my family back in 2015 with my Lumix GH2 in hand. I revisited this spectacular location this past weekend with my GH4 set to 4K and a few good lenses. Enjoy…
Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico from DanPerezFilms on Vimeo.