Hiking And Ziplining In The El Yunque National Park: Puerto Rico

My lovely daughters and traveling companions
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The Coqui frog

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The El Yunque National Forest

The most popular and most beautiful hiking trek in Puerto Rico is El Yunque. This rainforest is a 45 minute drive from San Juan, and it is the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest Service system. (Yes, we forget that Puerto Rico is considered part of the United States). This virgin forest is the same as it was when Columbus first sighted Puerto Rico in 1493.

El Yunque is home to more than 240 species of tropical trees, flowers, and wildlife. You will find more than 20 kinds of orchids growing here. Ferns are everywhere; more than 50 varieties. There are literally millions of the tiny tree frogs known as the Coqui (pronounced "ko-kee". We heard these little frogs that sing all night everywhere in Puerto Rico.

At one time a greenish blue, red fronted parrot once flew free in the rainforest. Once almost extinct, they are making a comeback.

The brochures advise to bring a raincoat because it will certainly rain! No surprise there. More than 100 billion gallons of rain fall here each year.

Listen to the sounds of the Rainforest and enjoy the beauty there.

You Have To Hike To Reach The Zipline


The hiking trails have been carefully marked by the Forest Rangers. Since my daughters are part of a Hiking Tour, there isn't much chance of them getting lost in this vast rainforest.

At the beginning of the hike, everyone is given a helmet and safety ropes. They had to sign waivers not to hold the tour company liable for their safety. In other words: Do this adventure at your own risk! They were then taken by an eight wheel amphibian for the beginning of the hike. This hike is part of the day long tour that will also take them ziplining. In fact, it is ONLY way to get up to the zip line. So, if you want to zipline, you have to first hike! They were told in advance to wear good hiking boots, which they did. The hike is extremely strenuous. I would suggest if you are over the age of 65, leave this adventure to the young people.

The girls hiked up the river through boulders and waterfalls. A cable car was waiting to take them to the first platform for the zip line. After you reach the first platform the guide places a safety harness on your body that has heavy duty metal snaps that will be used to attach you to the cable. When you are ready and are snapped on the cable securely, the guide gently pushes you off. You literally fly over the canopy of trees to the next platform about 50 feet away. After you are allowed to catch your breath, another guide who is waiting for you on that platform pushes you off the to the next platform. There are a total of four platforms.

Take the time to watch the videos so you will know what it is like to zip line through the rainforest high above the canopy of trees.

When you have reached your last platform, you have to rappel down a rope and onto the ground.

Transportation To The Beginning Of The Hike

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This Is Just The Beginning Of The Hike

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She Is Ready For The Hike

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This Daughter Is Excited To Go For The Hike

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Getting Up To The Zip Line Is Hard Work!

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At The End Of The Hike

Check out all the mud!
Check out all the mud! | Source

My Experience Ziplining In Costa Rica


I will never forget my experience on the zip line in Costa Rica! I made it up to the first platform, and then I panicked! There was no way I could do this, I thought. The guide was very patient with me. After he got me all snapped in and ready, I just would not jump off the platform. He reminded me that there is no way down except to go on the zip line. He got behind me and held on to me and just pushed off the platform. We flew to the next platform, and I was screaming all the way. My family regrets not having a video of me flying and screaming to the next platform. Then, of course, I had to rappel down the rope to get to the ground.

I swore then I would never zipline again, and I never have!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That would be so much fun! I would definitely do that! Great hub and so interesting. Thank you Mary!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow Mary! Another amazing hub of yours about Puerto Rico...this time hiking in the rain forest and ziplining. Oh if I were only younger, I would love scrambling over all of those rocks that your daughters did to get to the ziplining platform. It must be quite an experience. I don't think my aged knees would allow such a hike these days. Loved the videos and photos you included. Up, useful and interesting votes and definitely sharing. Thanks!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey there, bilybuc. Good to see you! You think this tour would be fun, huh? My girls loved hiking and zip lining in El Yunque; they are crazy like that.

I'm glad you thought my vacation, day five is interesting. Thanks, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W. Thanks for coming along with my girls as they hike and zip line in El Yunque. They had a wonderful day. You notice I did not go along. I knew better.

I'm glad you like the videos, I kind of like them too.

Thanks so much for the votes, and the share.

Bye for now, Mary


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You look like you had a blast! I saw your video of you on the zip line...wild and fun! I loved PR when I went there earlier this year! Grat hub! Votd up!

ps...can I share with you my hub on PR? http://iamaudraleigh.hubpages.com/hub/Travel-To-Pu...


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

This is so awesome! :) I love that I can tour the world(or part of it) via your hubs! :) So coll, thanks so much for sharing. This hike looks incredible, the zipline, the transportation, everything! Why did you not take me with you? :) LOL Have a great day Mary!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Josh, good to see you today! You would have loved the hiking and the zip lining, I'll bet! You just look like the type of guy who loves adventure!

Thanks for reading and commenting. Maybe you can come along the next time we go,OK?


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

You are welcome! Anytime. :) Next time, ok sounds like a plan? :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, iamaudraleigh, I just read your Puerto Rican Hub. Very good and informative.

I hope you will follow along to our other days on the Enchanted Island.

Thanks for reading and commenting., mary


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

This looks so awesome and wish I could something like this. I totally have a bad back though and I fear I would end up in my chiropractor's office more than I would like, so I will have to live through your adventures. Seriously awesome though and have voted and shared too.


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nikkiraeink 4 years ago from So. Cal.

I love this hub! Just tried zip-lining for the first time and loved it.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I loved hiking in el Yunque; the highlight of my Puerto Rico trip! I did not zip-line there, but did once in Costa Rica.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Janine Huldie, I know what you mean about the hiking and zip lining. I didn't do those things either; left this adventure to my daughters. I did the zip line in Costa Rica, and will never do that again. They had an absolutely wonderful time in the El Yunque rain forest.

Keep following us on our other adventures in Puerto Rico. We'd love to have you.

Thanks so much for the vote and the share. I appreciate that. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, nikkiraeink, so nice to see you! I'm so happy you liked my Hub on hiking and zip lining in Puerto Rico. Did you zip line in Puerto Rico? My daughters loved it, and asked to do it again for the second time! Not me....

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Deborah, I'm so glad you came along with my daughters on our hiking and zip lining tour in the El Yunque rain forest. As I said in this Hub, I zip lined in Costa Rica and thought I was going to die! I wrote a Hub about my vacation in Costa Rica, too. I enjoyed that trip a lot.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

It sounds like you've been on quite an adventure, thanks for bringing us along.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You look like you are having a great time.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sherry Hewins. Oh, yes it has been a wonderful adventure in Puerto Rico. I'm so glad we got to go hiking and zip lining in El Yunque. Thank YOU for coming along with us.

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey Mike, Yes, we had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico. I can't say enough about that Enchanted Island. There are just so many adventures to take. I'm looking forward to going back this next winter.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Goodnight, Mary


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Oh Mary..this is the best!! I love it i love it i love it!! Nature really fascinates me, hiking and climbing. I always wanted to try ziplining but, im just too scared. hehehe. what a fabulous adventure!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for taking us along. M "hiking" days are behind me. I can' tell you the memories this aroused.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This is so wonderful. Getting to El Yunque National Forest, seemed to be fun. I felt like I was there friend! loved that zipline! We might need it to boost our score to the stratosphere! Wonderful pics, and your daughters made mom so proud! Great surprise every time we read these pieces of art. Have a great sunday mary!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Wow, the hike trail looks quite demanding Mary - don't think my back would be up to it! Better stay at the hotel and drink cocktails instead.

I wish we had got to see you on the zipwire (though we might have needed to mute your screaming...poor you!). I have been on a zipwire before, I quite liked it :o)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi unknown spy, (wish I knew where Neverland was). Good to see you today! If you ever make it El Yunque National Park, you could just do the hike, and skip the zip line. There are wonderful hiking trails. Yes, zip lining is pretty scary!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Mhatter 99. Sounds like you have had some hiking experience! I did some hiking in the El Yunque National Park, but I took an easier hike than the girls. I did more of a "stroll" through the Park.

I was in San Francisco once, and to get up and down those hills is quiet a hike!

Bye for now....Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Sunday morning, Lord. It's always good to see you! Thanks so much for coming along with me and my girls on our Puerto Rican vacation. Hope you are not getting too bored with our travel.

I hope you are having a wonderful day. I just know you are going to write all day, right?


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jools99. Nice to see you today! Where is your adventuring soul? You'd rather stay behind at the hotel?? Ah, you would have loved this hiking and zip lining adventure in the beautiful El Yunque National Park.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Hi Mary,

Just checking and tuning up some hubs. Have a nice one!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

I see you are busy today (as usual), Lord.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Years ago, mary, I did the PR zip line tour and your account of your daughters' journey made me feel muddy all over again. But it was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Would I do it again? No, just thinking about it wears me out. But thanks for the realistic deja vu.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow! You are quite an adventurous spirit! What fun it would be to hike through this territory. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, drbj. Nice to see you today! Thanks for reading and commenting about our hiking and ziplining adventure in Puerto Rico. I left this big adventure to the girls. That one experience I had in Costa Rico scared me to death!

Bye, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, teaches12345. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. The girls had a wonderful time hiking and ziplining in El Yunque National Park! It truly is a beautiful rainforest.

Good to see you, Mary


summerberrie 4 years ago

mary615 - this sounds so fun. What a trip. The hike must have been fantastic-not to even mention the zip-line!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey, summerberrie, Oh, yes, this was a fun filled trip we took to Puerto Rico. The hiking and ziplining is just one of many adventures to be enjoyed there.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such a fun and interesting hub, Mary! I wouldn't want to travel on a zip line myself, but it's fun to watch other people use it. Your photos and videos are great. I will share this hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, AliciaC. Nice to see you today! My girls loved this zip line, and asked if they could do it again! They had the best time flying through the trees of the El Yungue rain forest.

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub, and for the share.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I can't believe I missed this one! Yet another great day on your vacation. What a wonderful trip with your daughters...a great place to be...great weather and great pictures. Again, I have to thank you for sharing this with us.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wow Mary- Just reading and looking at the pictures gave me an adrenaline rush. I gotta do this sometime. Awesome adventure write up and great pictures. way to go! voted up/shared.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, tillsontitan. Hope you aren't too bored with my trip to Puerto Rico. Yes, it was a wonderful trip: unforgettable to say the least.

Thanks for reading and for the votes, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

HI, Docmo, Yes, if you have never been to Puerto Rico, you really should. You would love it there. There is just so much to do, and many places to see!

Thanks for the votes and for the share, too. Mary


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

I would have loved to go Hiking And Ziplining in such a beautiful place , It must be quite an experience!

Great write up of your vacation, you took amazing photos and made the island look really beautiful .. thanks


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Mike. If you have never been to Puerto Rico, you really should. It is a beautiful and exciting place to visit.

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub and my photos. As you can see, I wrote other Hubs about my experience in Puerto Rico. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Mary


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Armchair Builder 4 years ago from Hawaii

Looks like a ton of fun! I haven't been ziplining in a while...gotta get it on the schedule.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

HI, Armchair Builder. It's nice to see you today! We really did have lots of fun on our trip to Puerto Rico. There are just so many great things to do there. I'm looking forward to a return trip. You really should plan to go and zipline in Puerto Rico.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I am so jealous mary! I would love to zipline! lol! how fun is that? loved this hub! voted up and shared, nell


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

You are probably a braver person than I am, Nell.....I was scared to death. I would love to go back to Puerto Rico some day. I just loved it.

Thanks for reading, the votes and the share, my friend. Mary

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