El Yunque National Forest, Rio Grande

4.7
Forest · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.This forest is commonly known as El Yunque, which may be attributed to either a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taíno word yu-ke which means "white lands", or the word "anvil," which is yunque in Spanish. The second-tallest mountain within El Yunque is also named El Yunque.El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres (43.753 mi2 or 113.32 km2) of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico.El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3494ft above sea level. Ample rainfall (over 200 inches a year in some areas) creates a jungle-like setting — lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has a number of trails from which the jungle-like territory's flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.
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  • My husband shared the folklore he learned from his grandfather with our grandson, it was really nice to see the heritage passed down  more »
  • We rented a Jeep for the week so we had no limits to our exploration capabilities. The views on the way up and down are cool. But the view from the top is unrivaled. Only $4 to get into the park...  more »
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  • Great experience for the entire family. The park rangers were amazing--and shared some stories and facts with the kids. We took a nice hike through the rain forest to a look-out point that offered some amazing views. Highly recommended.
  • Very nice park, unfortunately when we were there, many of the hiking trails were closed because they hadn't been reopened after the hurricane. But everything else was on point, the park rangers are super nice and helpful, we talked with one of them about the wildlife and he showed us his bird-call app so we could identify birds. The pools and waterfalls and great to cool down!

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