WOW WOW WOW … what an experience to explore the best natural scenery that We have ever experienced… This is our first RAIN FOREST experience and it easily got added to my List of things you “NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE”. I have very unique recommendations in that List like VENICE ITALY, SANTORINI GREECE, ZERMATT SWITZERLAND, POSITANO ITALY, etc and I am adding EL YUNQUE to the list as well.
LOCATION & ENTRY TO RAIN FOREST:
El Yunque is located near Fajardo where we are staying… This is about an hour drive from San Juan towards East and 10 minute drive from Fajardo… The East side of the island has forests, mountains, and beaches as I explained before….
Each day they only allow 78 vehicles one in the morning and another 78 vehicles in the afternoon. Once you enter the park you can stay the whole day. So you have to book your tickets and they will be sold out in less than two minutes. All 4 of us were ready at 7 PM slot opened and only one of our requests went through. It’s that difficult to get a vehicle pass. So please plan accordingly. Getting an appointment to the Rain Forest is almost like finding an open slot for Visa Interview Reach out to me if you have questions and I can explain the process.
ONCE YOU ENTER ITS A HEAVEN ON EARTH:
After The formalities, you enter the rain forest… it’s a mind-blowing experience and WORDS and PICTURES cannot do any justice…. There are all kinds of trees flowers waterfalls all over the Forest.
There are multiple viewpoints in the forest and a clear map is given. The forest is very well maintained and there are crews who are working all day to take care of this park.
The viewpoints provide breathtaking and jaw-dropping views of Mother Nature… the sound of birds and the environment will mesmerize anyone and everyone… where ever you see there will be waterfalls, Bamboo trees, coconut trees, Lush plantation … I have not experienced anything like a this so far and it will be a wonderful experience for anyone and everyone …
MOUNT BRITTON HIKING:
One of the MUST DO while at the El Yunque is the Mount Britton Hike … it takes a good one hour to Hike there … you will basically get into the Rain forest and walk… The trail is a tough one and you got to be very well-prepared for the hike …
Keep your camera ready as this will be one of the BEST EXPERIENCE in your lifetime… one can experience the natural beauty to the core … if you are into photography you will go crazy …
The hike is not an easy one but you will forget everything as you will be so occupied with the beauty of the forest… once you hike to the top which is almost a Mile long you climb up a tower to experience a MILLION DOLLAR VIEW… The whole rainforest from top of the mountain and the view of the ocean as well.
EL YUNQUE HAS TO BE IN YOUR TOP TO DO LIST:
One can plan a trip to Puerto Rico to just do El Yunque … I recommend this place to be added to your TO DO LIST and make every effort to come to Puerto Rico and enjoy this natural beauty… there are not many places in the world with an abundance of nature… The only other place that I can think of is PHUKET in THAILAND…. I heard Bali is like this and I have not been there…
A memorable trip ended with a dip in the Hot tub and we are so thankful that we were able
To do this and enjoy the nature of Puerto Rico…
BIO LUMISENT BAY, VIEQUES ISLAND:
A short Ferry ride from Fajardo takes you to VIEQUES Island in Puerto Rico This place is famous for Mosquito Bio Bay, which is a bay in the island of Vieques famous for its bioluminescence produced by some Organisms, which glows blue when agitated. This species is found in bays in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas. This event is only for the most adventurous people only. They take you in a Kayak after dark for an hour in almost 50 feet deep and when you kayak the water turns BLUE… however, if you don’t know swimming please don’t do this activity.