"El Parque Nacional Caribeño" El Yunque National Forest by XanderDone
El Yunque National Forest Travel Guide: 56 reviews and 251 photos
A great place for the whole family, El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the United States. There are other rain forests, like one in Washington State for example, but this is the only place in the US where you get everything you've ever thought of when it comes to the words "tropical forest." Of course, in the picture it seems overcast, but you must remember it's a part of the Cordillera Central, a mountain range bisecting the island of Puerto Rico, so there is a lot of condensation that build up, hence creating the climate for a tropical rain forest.
Here, you'll experience another part of what makes Puerto Ricans such happy people. Even in the face of danger, which this child doesn't even sense, you can still have trust and faith enough to ensure that your child is safe. If he falls, it's by the grace of God. If not, it's by the grace of God. Perhaps it's more of their trust in each other that someone else will take care of you if you need it. Together with the locals, you find a lost sense of family (unless you're blonde-blue, then you're exotic and all the guys/girls love you).
We took one of my favorite trails, about .7miles to la Miña, a series of waterfalls where families picnic and swim in the very cold fresh mountain waters. There are several tiers; it's just a matter of how much of a risk are you willing to take to climb down boulders to get to the next level. As you go down, you get more privacy, yet more used water. The falls are fun, there's no doubt about that, but if your children can't tolerate a fun walk in the jungle, then you can stop at one of the hut places along the trail and have lunch or something and then head back to your car. Either way, there's no reason not to experience the rain forest if you have a child or two in tow.
- Pros:Fresh air, beautiful exotic flora and fauna
- Cons:Unpredictable weather.. it IS a rain forest
- In a nutshell:It's even more beautiful in person.
The name's not Spanish, it's Taíno. Most of the cities in Puerto Rico that have names that don't sound Spanish are... more travel advice
Written Jun 4, 2005
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