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El Yunque Rain Forest
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Covering 28,000 acres, and receiving more than 200 inches of rain per year, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US Forest System. Noted for its biodiversity, the forest is home to more than 400 different plant species. It has more than a dozen maintained trails for hiking, picnic pavilions, stone towers, rivers, waterfalls, and an interpretive visitors' center.
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Listed as the only rainforest in US. Best to rent a car and take your own time.There is no need to pack sandwiches as they are quite a few places inside the rainforest where decent food is available which is quite different from other national parks in US. We stopped at the visitor center and paid 2$ fee per adult, kids < 12 yrs are free. There are some exhibits and a short movie. You do not necessarily need to stop there. There is option of hiking to La Mina falls and actually taking a dip in the waterfall which was an exhilarating experience. Avoid the weekends and try to enjoy drinking fresh coconut water from a local shop.

1  Thank TexasRaj
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were driving to El Yunque & since we were staying at Club Cala at Palmas del Mar, we took the southern route to the rain forest since it was closer. So, following the map, we drove up the VERY narrow twisting & turning road for over 40 minutes only to find that when we arrived to where the sign stated "Welcome to El Yunque" there was another sign next to it stating this entrance was closed & a metal bar (which looked as if it had been there for years) blocked the road! There had been no signs indicating the road was closed as we drove up the only southern route to the rain forest. BIG Disappointment!
Soo, we drove the longer route the next day & I began to wonder if the reason the other entrance has been closed is that there is no place to collect the fees for this attraction? Having read that the tourist center collects fees per person when you enter, I was surprised to find a building on the entrance road before you reach the center where fees are now collected. ( $2 each senior) Do see the 15-17 minute introductory film (which is shown both in English & Spanish). It is beautifully done. The tourist center was a disappointment. Seems to need maintenance for many of the hands-on info displays were inoperative. Vendors are permitted to set up tables in the hallways selling items that did not relate to the rainforest such as jewelry, bracelets, etc. The gift shop had high prices - paid $5.00 for a small 2" magnet.
If you have never seen a rain forest, then this is a must. For us, it was disappointing to see no native flowers & very few birds. The road to La Coca Falls was rutted with pot holes & many cars were driving too fast. Only restroom was at the tourist center; none at the falls, not even port-a-potty. Go before 10:00 am before the tour buses arrive & it gets very crowded. Since there are no animals in the rainforest, we were surprised to see a sign near La Coca Falls warning visitors of encounters with dangerous mongooses.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

I liked the drive, reminded me of Haiti. And there is a visitor station for guided tours but I preferred venturing out on my own into the self guided trails. The park closes at 6pm, but it gets dark early. Definitely a daytime trip, preferably early.

2  Thank Diane A
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We loved this rain forest. It is a shame that some visitors decided to leave their garbage. I would have rated it excellent if people would have picked up after themselves.

2  Thank PaulVM66
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We rented a car and drove here from SJ. It was less than an hour drive. Get there early if you can. We went to the visitors center first to get an overview of the park and figure out our hikes for the day(cost of was $3pp). There is a short movie to watch that helped to put all the pieces together. Our first hike took us 4 hours round trip to the summit. We enjoyed our packed lunch at the top. It was a nice hike through the rainforest. After we hiked to La Mina Falls. This was the most scenic for me. I loved all of the little pools and swimming in the waterfall. It doesn't take long to hike there but allow for two hours if you plan on getting in and swimming around. The big fall was very crowded in the afternoon so we spent most of our time in the smaller pools. We hiked straight to La Mina and then took our time stopping at all of the little spots on the way back. This is a must see!!! It is very easy to do this on your own without a guide.

7  Thank lizzyboo69
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