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El Portal Tropical Forest Center

Address: Route 191, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-888-1880
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Learn all about rainforests here, at this education center in El Yunque Rainforest.
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Learn all about rainforests here, at this education center in El Yunque Rainforest.
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Bochum, Germany
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169 reviews 169 reviews
59 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Well this is a rain forest and of course it rains! But that is not why you Need a towel and swimwear, it's because at nearly 3/4 of the way in you can jump into a little pond under the waterfall. Now, there's lots of slippery and uneven rocks as you make your way to the pond, but its a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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988 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The ranger or whoever was manning the gate tried to charge us in a free day (MLK day). Then the ranger in the station didn't suggest anything to do and just gave us a map. Other than a few info posters there are a bunch of locals selling overpriced handicrafts. I would skip this one.

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Cobleskill, New York
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193 reviews 193 reviews
93 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Good first stop on a trip to El Yunque. The movie is not strictly necessary but something to watch if you're interested in the history of how they reclaimed the rainforest. Lovely architecture and very helpful guide who suggested routes for visiting. Had an enjoyable and inexpensive lunch at the café, used the clean and convenient restrooms, enjoyed the local... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
44 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is the visitor's center for the rain forest. It is built in a beautiful setting of trees and foliage and blends in well with the surroundings. Beautiful landscaping with nature displays, gift shop and small hiking trail.

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franklin,in
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The gentleman explaining El Yunque, did a fantastic job explaining the rainforest and entertaining us.

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Elmira, New York, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

we got lost so we when we finally found this we were too late to explore the whole forest. the ranger gave us great advise on how to get the most of our time ,

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very nice brick entrance decor into the information center... Nice bridges to walk over above and beside the rainforest plants.. and beautiful flowers.. about a 20 minute informative video, and gift shop and restroom facilities.

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Orem, Utah
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Although others complained of the fee charged to visit, with a US Senior Parks Pass, four adults and four children were all admitted free. They have informative exhibits and an enjoyable film. We made a donation to help the work they are doing.

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Austin
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128 reviews 128 reviews
50 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This place is very nice, very helpful staff on hand to answer your questions and a nice movie to give an over view of the El Yunque Rain Forest.

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Morris County, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

They offer short films and information, have things to do for kids and have a nice souvenir shop and stalls. We saw some locals making clay pots, vases, cups and saucers etc right in front of us. if you are pressed on time - one person can go in and get the information you are are looking for (we asked... More 

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