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El Portal Tropical Forest Center

Route 191, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
787-888-1880
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Type: Museums
Description: Learn all about rainforests here, at this education center in El Yunque Rainforest.
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English first
Dunedin, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

A good way to begin your visit. A short film and the exhibits explained the different types of forest in the park, what types of trees to expect, and what birds to look out for. A ranger at the entrance provided maps and detailed advice on what trails to hike.

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Perkins, Oklahoma
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Nice welcome center with lots of info and displays, a movie about the park's history, bathroom facilities, and a gift shop.

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Salisbury, Connecticut
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87 reviews 87 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a good introduction to El Yunque. The center is an excellent way to learn about a tropical rain forest and it's flora and fauna.i The staff was extremely helpful and tried very hard to educate the visitors. Keep in mind that the Forest Service is running on a greatly reduced budget, and seems to be coping very well.

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Hope Mills, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was our first trip to PR and wanted to see the Rainforest because we heard so many things about it. So we drove in the to information center and had to pay 4 dollars for each person in the car. This is a waste of money and here's the reason why. You just drive in and go to the... More

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Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I went with a Road Scholar group. We had a wonderful time. We hiked the Big Tree trail to Mina Falls, played in the water and hiked up the Mina trail. It was very enjoyable. The trails were well kept and you were always in the shade. We ate our picnic lunch at the Caimitillo area - a nice covered... More

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Greenbush, Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is a must do stop even though it entails a small fee. Good exhibits explaining what the rain forest has to offer. Unfortunately many of the electronic exhibits don't work but you get the idea. My wife really like the various or kids on display. Staff was really helpful to recommend hikes and other stops.

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California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Free with your National Park Pass. Has a nice little gift shop and restaurant. The gentleman manning the info desk was a bit grumpy and not very nice. He seemed to be arguing with most of the visitors. You can download maps and other information online and head straight for the Rainforest. http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/el-yunque-trail-map/

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Pay the 4 bucks to support the jungle. The man at the front desk is the answer man and he's quite funny. We opted out of the English version of the about El Yunque movie and that enabled us to leave ahead of the crowds.

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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

While the visitor center exhibits are overdue for an updating, they still provide a lot of basic information about rain forest ecology. Stressing conservation, they are engaging and attractive. The personnel are very helpful and gave us good hints for where to go and what to do while in El Yunque.

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litchfield
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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We only went to the center to get maps and information about the trails. The information is on bill board type displays in Spanish and English. some displays attempted to be interactive. if travelling with a group, pay the admission for one person to obtain the maps and information.

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