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City Guide: Things to know before going to El Yunque

El Yunque - Puerto Rico

The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the national forest system. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here. Its name is an adaptation to Spanish of the Taíno word of origin "Yu-Ke" which means "White Land". It is one of the rainiest known places in the world. It is also a tourist place, which is very visited, admired and protected by the citizens of the island.

We went to Juan Diego Falls, this area provides a short path to a natural pool along Juan Diego Creek with a beautiful waterfall that you can wade into. Due to limited capacity, the maximum time allowed for parking in this area is 30 minutes. It is an easy hike that eve children can do, but please stay on the trail to avoid damaging restoration work done after hurricane.


'Quioscos de Luquillo" after your day at the yunque. The Luquillo kiosks are about 60 different places, each of them are numbered and many of them are named. Some of these places have been run by the same family for over 20 years, while others are brand new and recently opened. It is hard to say which ones are the best — it all depends on what you feel like eating! But most people will eventually have a favorite — just ask a local and you’ll find out for yourself!

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