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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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Stopped on the the way into El Yunque

Nice stop for an introduction to the rain forest. Lots of educational exhibits which appeared geared toward school groups. There are restrooms and a small cafe type place to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Bucks County, PA
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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

be sure too see the movie, and visit every room in the center.you can hike from the center to sites but they said it is about 2 hours.

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Bucks County, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Nice stop for an introduction to the rain forest. Lots of educational exhibits which appeared geared toward school groups. There are restrooms and a small cafe type place to grab a snack. The gift shop had some interesting items and you can get your US National Park Passport stamp here too if you collect them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was very informational as there were Rangers there to explain about the rain forest and the different sights that you may see along the way, the also give out maps of the routes and the different trails.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

$4 fee per person entrance fee was worth it to get guidance from the ranger, use clean facilities, see great information boards with great pictures of wildlife in the park, and a fine gift shop. We stopped there at the front and end of the park tour. A great refreshing place to cool off and grab a cool drink or... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The visitors center was $4 each to visit, and had many nice exhibits about the park. There's a photo exhibition showing many of the birds and critters that live in the park. A small cafe is upstairs that makes good wraps.

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Troy, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

There was a $4.00 fee per adult to enter. We parked our car and walked to the center. Nice bridges and scenery to get to the center. We were given a paper map of the forest and told that the movie in the theater was playing. I have know idea how long the movie is but we only saw the... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Make this center a stop either before or after El Yunque. A beautifully built informational center which is mostly self guided. A wealth of knowledge, not to mention beautiful patios, balconies and pavilions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Nice modern achitecture building. Native artist exposition, theater and restaurant. Very friendly tour guide. Surrounded by tropical forest. Worth seeing.

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The intro video and exhibits are well worth the visit. Additionally, local craftsman sell nice items along the entry. Coqui frogs can be heard from here.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Nothing special here, your typical visitor center. Pick up a map and ask any of the rangers about the different trails. There are bathrooms and water fountains here if needed, but not much in the way of information. There are bits here and there, but not as much as you find in other visitor centers. Would have given this a... More 

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