Weather the Rain for El Yunque National Rainforest
Encompassing 28,000 acres, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the entire U.S. National Forest system — thanks in large part to its location on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains in the northeast corner of the island. Towering above the park, the peaks of this range reach over 3,537 ft above sea level. And since it’s been protected as far back as 1876, the park holds another uncommon distinction as the oldest reserve in the Western Hemisphere. So much uncommon goodness in one place!
By Patrick Bennett, AFAR Ambassador
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Inside a Cloud at El Yunque
Being from Arkansas, I'm familiar with mountains. But my eyes were opened to a different kind of mountain when I hiked to the peak of El Yunque in Puerto Rico, just as a cloud engulfed the mountaintop. It is like heaven on earth.
American Rain Forest?
The only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest system, El Yunque is a must-see. Not a long drive from San Juan, you can experience everything a rain forest has to offer, including great views of the island and stunning waterfalls.