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Visiting El Yunque National Rainforest

Updated on May 21, 2015
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

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I had been trying to think of a hub to write. Here on Hubpages.com, if you have a high enough hubber score, there are exclusive titles that are available. I was simply amazed when I typed the word Yunque into the title bar and discovered that this title was listed.

Why am I amazed?

Lastheart and I live just a hop, skip and jump from El Yunque National Rainforest. We spoke a lot about the rainforest when we published a book on Río Grande, Puerto Rico which is the pueblo that El Yunque is located in.

We also used El Yunque National Rainforest in the historical/fiction book entitled Kayro's Key and I used it in the conspiracy/fiction book I wrote called Insane Sanity.

All 3 books are linked within this hub.

Let me now tell you some about El Yunque and show you a few pictures.

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Spend A Weekend Or A Week

As you can see from the map above, El Yunque has a lot to offer. You can start at the El Portal Tropical Forest Center. There is a slight cost to enter the center, but keep in mind that these funds are used to keep the rainforest in the excellent condition it is in. We just visited the center days ago, showing the books we have published. The management are reading them to consider carrying them in the small store located within the center.

As you travel further up the PR 191, you will come to the PR 988 which takes you to three different walking trails. Enjoy the Sabana, Puente Roto or Angelito trail.

If you keep driving up the 191 (be safe, as it is easy to take your eyes off the road and admire the scenery.), you will come to the PR 9966. It will take you to El Verde.

Keep going up the 191 and you will see the Las Cabezas Observation Point. Get your camera or video player ready and enjoy the panoramic view from this wonderful spot.

Here is another photo and then we will keep traveling thru El Yunque:

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Up And Up

After leaving Las Cabezas, you will soon find an amazing waterfall. La Coca Falls is a spot where you may find several locals swimming. There is also a trail allowing you to see more beyond the waterfall.

As you drive further up the 191, you will come to a very old tower which is a fun place to picnic and take pictures. It is called the Yokahú Tower.

As you start traveling further up 191, you are going to find many areas of walking trails. The first is the Big Tree trail. This trail takes you past La Mina falls, which is another wonderful waterfall. It hooks into the second trail which is the La Mina trail.

If you keep traveling in your car, at kilometer 11.6 you will come to the Sierra Palm picnic area and a food concession stand. There are several other picnic areas along this zone of the rainforest and you will find several trail excursions here too. The longest trail will take you to the very top of El Yunque's peak.

Try one or all of these trail packages:

  • Caimitillo Trail
  • Baño de Oro Trail
  • Mt. Britton Trail
  • El Yunque Trail

On the Mt Britton trail, you can go up the Mt Britton Lookout Tower which will allow you to see for miles.

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Conclusion

There is a huge learning experience in the El Yunque National Rainforest. There are plants and animals that only live in this unique place.

It would be well worth the price to vacation in Puerto Rico and visit this wonderful location.

Come see El Yunque and tell them Froggy and Lastheart sent ya.

© G.L. Boudonck

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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      3 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      They are a beautiful bird.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I thoroughly enjoyed walking in El Yunque. I even caught sight of a Puerto Rican parrot.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you hon; hopefully it helps the tourism.

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      Lastheart 

      5 years ago

      Very good article. I am so happy when you write about this wonderful island.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! You really give a comprehensive "walk" through the park. The map you have is great and the photos are stunning. I have seen the park from the sky, but never the good fortune to visit the park. I have been to PR, haven't seen much outside of San Juan. I know the entire island is beautiful and it really is the 'island of enchantment.' Nice to know a hubber that lives in PR. I enjoyed reading this. Voted up and shared. Thanks for your birds eye view of the park.

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