Among all of the beautiful scenery that Puerto Rico offers, El Yunque Rainforest is by far the most breathtaking place that tourists will lay eyes on. Formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, El Yunque is the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. In every direction they turn, tourists are met with views of majestic trees that tower over even the largest individual. Though El Yunque is not large by rainforest standards, the overgrown ferns and bamboo will leave you feeling entrenched in a captivating new world.
What to Expect at El Yunque
This natural wonder spans across 28,000 acres and is home to over 240 species of trees and plants. Additionally, the rainforest is also home to many endangered and rare wildlife, making it a magnificent haven that must be protected and maintained.
In fact, El Yunque provides a habitat to the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot, or Amazona vitatta as it is scientifically named. It is one of the ten most endangered species in the entire world. El Yunque also gives a habitat to about fifty other bird species. The rainforest provides a safe home for all of its wildlife and there is no hunting allowed there.
El Yunque hosts a magnificent mountain of the same name, which actually means “anvil” in Spanish. The mountain spans across the rainforest and adds a mystical presence to the environment. The peak is one of the highest in Puerto Rico and is almost always covered in a thin mist. The high humidity around the mountain typically causes light afternoon showers.
What to Do at El Yunque
Visiting the rainforest can present you with a lot of opportunities to capture the beautiful flora and fauna that resides within. If you are in to photography, El Yunque is the perfect place to get beautiful natural images to share with friends and family and keep memories for years to come. Of course there are also guided tours that you can take if exploring on your own seems a little bit overwhelming. There are many trails within El Yunque that allows you to both drive and walk the rainforest on your own.
El Yunque also boasts the majestic La Coca Falls. As you watch the waterfall run dramatically down a mossy cliff, you will feel as though you have been transported to a lovely paradise. This wondrous waterfall is a must see for anyone touring the El Yunque rainforest.
Regardless of how you choose to experience El Yunque, this Puerto Rican treasure is sure to blow you away.