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"El Yunque Rainforest" El Yunque/Caribbean Rain Forest Tip by Gypsystravels

El Yunque is the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Comprised of some 240 different species of trees, it is actually a series of forests, each one determined by its altitude.

More than 100 billion gallons of precipitation fall each year which creates the jungle-like ambience of lush foliage, sparkling leaves, shining wet rocks, and shadowy paths occasionally pierced by sunlight.

Spectacular waterfalls rush alongside its well-maintained (but slippery) trails.

It is here where you will hear the the noisy, ubiquitous tree frog, el coqu?. No one really knows how many species there are. This little tree frog is very elusive, but you?ll hear them.
This is also home to the endangered Puerto Rican parrot.

The best way to see the forest is on foot. You can also appreciate it during a slow drive up and down the mountain. Exploring can be done on your own or take a guided tour.

Directions: From San Juan take Road 26 towards Carolina until you reach Road 3. Take Road 3 towards Fajardo for about 20 minutes until you get to Rio Grande. Take Road 191 to El Yunque.
Phone: 787) 888-1880/1880 on weekdays.

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2006
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