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El Yunque Rainforest
I recently went on a vacation to the caribbean, where I was able to visit El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico. I have many photos that I hope to load on the site soon. The forest is located about 40 kilometers east of San Juan and is about 28,000 acres in size. The highest point in El Yunque is "Pico El Yunque" at 3496 Ft.

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the United States.

El Yunque is part of the Luquillo range and is divided into 4 forests:Tabonuco Forest,
Paolo Colorado Forest, Palme Sierra Forest, En Las Nubes Forest. It boasts over 240 species of tropical trees and 20 varieties of orchids

During the trip to El Yunque you will pass the city of Coamo. Coamo is famous for its hot springs and their healing and therapeutic waters. The native Indians bathed in these waters for medicinal reasons. According to legends this was the fountain of youth that the Indians spoke of to Ponce de León.

The trip begins at El Portal Visitors Center which features multimedia displays and movies. The movie is a must see. It is a short documentary narrated by Jimmy Smits telling the history of El Yunque. After that there is a 2 kilometer hike through some the most spectaular scenery on earth. This is truly a hands on rainforest experience. Visitors are welcome to go off the trails and explore on their own or take a refreshing dip in the cool streams.

All the trails are well maintained and easy to navigate. At the end of the trail there is beautiful La Mina waterfall that invites you to jump in and cool off. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and aqua shoes for the rocky bottom.

The only down fall of the trip is that there are lots of visitors and it is hard to get seperated from the crowds to truly sit back and enjoy nature at its finest.

When in Puerto Rico visiting El Yunque is a must.
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