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Exploring El Yunque Rain Forest

El Yunque Rain Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the national forest system

At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most diverse of the national forests. Housing hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only in this forest. (source)

Exploring El Yunque Rain ForestFor our friend’s birthday we decided to go to the rain forest so we could ride around on ATVs and swim under the waterfall. We organized the trip through our hotel but when the day came they left us. Yes! We were down in the lobby the time they told us to be there, but instead of calling our cell phones they called our hotel room.

Nevertheless there was another tour heading to the rain forest in the afternoon so we booked it instead. The downside was not being able to drive ATVs and swim, but as along as we got to see the rain forest I was happy.

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Our first stop was the Yokahu Observation Tower. We walked all the way to the top of the tower to get a better view of the rain forest. Even though it was cloudy, the view was amazing.Exploring El Yunque Rain ForestExploring El Yunque Rain Forest

Next, our tour guide took us on the Caimitillo Trail which was about a 15-20 minute hike in the rain forest. Since it is a tropical rain forest, the chances of it raining are high. Lucky for us, it rained and thundered while we were there which added an extra touch to the experience.

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Our last stop was the La Coca Waterfall. It is one of the smaller waterfall, so unfortunately, we weren’t able to take a swim. If you want to take a swim I would recommend taking a hike to La Mina Falls.

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Lunch

I don’t think this is included in the tour, but we did stop by a little restaurant where we could grab a quick drink and a bit to eat before leaving. It is better to bring cash because the minimum charge for a credit card was $5.00.

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Helpful Tips:

It’s always a good idea to go on a tour with a big group of people, since you more likely to get lost hiking on your own. A lot of people think they can just go on their own, which always results in someone getting lost or hurt.

  • Tour Name: Half day Walking Tour
  • Tour Price: $59
  • Pick up time: 1:00 pm (There is an AM & PM Tour)
  • ETA to El Yunque: ~ 1 hour
  • Length of Tour: ~4 hours

What to Bring:

  • Water Shoes
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Small Bag – waterproof if possible 
  • Camera/ GoPro
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Workout attire 

Exploring El Yunque Rain Forest

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