El Yunque

El Yunque

EL Yunque is the only Trop­i­cal Rain­for­est in the Unit­ed States.  It’s named after the “Good” Taino spir­it Yukiyi. It is divid­ed into four sec­tions: Tabonu­co for­est, Palo Col­orado for­est, Pal­ma Sier­ra for­est, and Bosque en las nubes (For­est in the clouds). The entire Rain­for­est is on 28,000 Acres of land which is filled with 88 rare trees, 50 native orchids, 240 native tree species, Moun­tains, won­der­ous green­ery and exot­ic ani­mals. The well known Coqui is there, The Puer­to Rican Par­rot and the rare Puer­to Rican Boa, which is the Islands largest snake.   It can grow up to 7 feet long. In addi­tion to El Yunque’s beau­ti­ful moun­tains and plant life, are the numer­ous trails which can take you to some of the most breath­tak­ing views of the island.   If you go along The EL Yunque trail, you will come across the Los Picacho’s look­out tow­er, the tow­er at Pico El Yunque and the fab­u­lous vis­tas at the remote El Yunque Rock.  You can climb the stairs to the top of the tow­er and get a 360 degree panoram­ic view of the moun­tains, where there are so many shades of green grass, col­or­ful flow­ers and even clouds where it’s actu­al­ly rain­ing! El Yunque even has two water­falls, one called La Mina and the most famous water­fall, La Coca Falls.   Water rush­es down the fall that is cov­ered with beau­ti­ful moss on the stones.   Many peo­ple go down onto the fall to take pic­tures.   It is a mag­nif­i­cent back­ground shot, but you have to be care­ful because the rocks are slip­pery. El Yunque is a must see when you go to Puer­to Rico.   As the old Cliché goes, See­ing is Believ­ing.