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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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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The center is very informative. I recommend visiting as a starting point. Inside, there are many signs to read and souvenirs to buy. There's also an information desk. We asked about the best ways to access La Mina Falls, and left quite satisfied. Plus, I got to photograph a lizard on the way back across the bridge.

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Palmetto, Florida, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Wouldn't have went had our tour started here. But, really glad we did. The film really gave you a perspective on what we were going to see. What to look out for, and an overall greater appreciation.

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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The rain forest park is free. However, if you go to welcome center it is $4 for anyone over 16 years old. Not much to see at welcome center. However, the water falls were incredible. The big water fall is a hike to get to and make sure to bring swim wear. My first time there but will go again... More

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Dunedin, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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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17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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7 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
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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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29 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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