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Footwear in the rain forest

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Footwear in the rain forest

From my research it looks like the trails in El Yunque are really well-maintained, and I'm guessing it's pretty darned wet. Would it be reasonable to hike in closed toe hiking sandals (something like this: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/eccStoreFront/stp/product_images/88482/m_88482_1.jpg) or should I bring my waterproof hiking boots? I'm a reasonably experienced hiker, on both mountains & wet hikes (e.g., hiking up waterfalls in Dominica which I highly recommend cuz it's awesome).

I figure the sandals will give me more mobility - plus it leaves more room in my bag for goodies to bring home.

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11. Re: Footwear in the rain forest

My daughter and I hiked in Keens and Tevas. The Keens were a better choice, but both worked. If you want to hike to the peak (we were on El Yunque trail), you have to walk on quite a few rugged rock paths that would hurt your feet after awhile if you wore gym shoes. So I do recommend a sturdy sole. My feet were fine in the Keens. My daughter got a blister in the Tevas cuz she wasn't used to them, but her feet otherwise didn't hurt.

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