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El Portal Tropical Forest Center

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Address: Route 191, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-888-1880
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Description: Learn all about rainforests here, at this education center in El Yunque...
Learn all about rainforests here, at this education center in El Yunque Rainforest.
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Great education center

The architecture of the center is very modern and fit into the forest. The exhibits are exceptionally informative about things related to the rain forests. Various types of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The architecture of the center is very modern and fit into the forest. The exhibits are exceptionally informative about things related to the rain forests. Various types of native plants were put in the display area very well. The Center is clean with nice bathroom facilities, coffee shop and gift shop.

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Columbus, Georgia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

The nominal fee for the parking is well worth it. The gift shop and it's surroundings has a lot to say about this National Park. Don't forget your Passport stamp Book to your National Parks to include in your stamp.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This was our first stop during our El Yunque adventure. The cost to experience the portal is only $4 per person, but includes a lot. You will get to visit the educational exhibits, see a film, use restrooms, and get a map of the El Yunque trails. There is also a short hiking trail at the portal that is worth... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Nice center and short movie to introduce you to the rain forest. They charge you $4 to enter per adult. You really don't need to stop here to see the rain forest however. Keep driving up the road and stop along the way.

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

First, the price was $4 per person to park. Next, that price was worth the clean restroom. There is also a small cafe, a museum quality gift shop, educational displays, a theater with an introductory forest film, an information desk, and maps of the forest. There is also beautiful foliage and your first chance for some great photo ops before... More 

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Round Rock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Clean bathrooms..,interesting information..self guided tour. There is a snack bar with reasonable prices. If you are up for it, take the trails and see the rain forest on our own..beware..its a trek! But oh so lovely!

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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We visited this as a family. We took a day-trip from San Juan into the rainforest. This place was well-staffed, full of orchids, had some fun activities for the kids, etc. A worthwhile stop.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Stunning views, a lookout tower, educational (and interesting) visitor's center. Although the hike to the waterfall was difficult (knee/hip problems) I'm glad I stuck it out. Wow! Worth the steep steps. Entrance fee of $4 was well worth the time spent in El Yunque forest.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This place is really lame, the only thing its good for is to get the map of El Yunque trails, but other than that there is nothing to do there. I would rather spend time hiking than spending too much time at el portal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I recommend spending the $4.00 to enter the visitor center. In addition to a small gift shop and restaurant, they have trail maps and an introduction to the rainforest.

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Additional Information about El Portal Tropical Forest Center

Address: Route 191, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-888-1880
Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  El Yunque National Forest
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

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