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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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7:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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 facility, very educational!

Alex our tour guide walked us through the facility, pointing out various flora and fauna. He let us wander around at our leisure and we had plenty of time to look at the displays... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Hudson, Florida
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Hudson, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Alex our tour guide walked us through the facility, pointing out various flora and fauna. He let us wander around at our leisure and we had plenty of time to look at the displays, visit the gift shop and use the restrooms. The center is very well done. Definitely a must see when in the rainforest.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A wonderful welcoming center to the forest. Knowledgable staff and beautiful exhibits. Be careful on the road coming in.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It has great displays about animals and insects, and many beautiful samples of the plant species to be seen. Bathroom facilities are available.

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retiredJB
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175 reviews 175 reviews
57 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We were there on a tour and were given 40 minutes which included the time to hit restrooms. That was simply not enough time, but we did enjoy the center and half of the looped trail. There is so much wildlife there, but it takes a good eye to spot the critters. I know we missed a lot. The center... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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146 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

While we didn't think the 17 minute film was that impressive, overall, the visitor's center is worth browsing around. The exhibits and explanations are worth taking your time to look through. They do have a free map that is very helpful in determining what you want to see, where to park, how long the hikes are, etc. Your US National... More 

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

What 's not clear here is that this is just the PORTAL to the rain forest!! ....just happened to stop a tour guide to clarify info & get our bearings ....we were told the rainforest would be opened on xmas day but in fact the road at a certain pt was closed & navigating the about face back down with... More 

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Bochum, Germany
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60 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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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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
114 helpful votes 114 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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