El Yunque National Rain Forest A Natural Wonder

Rio Grande

By: Ivan Gonzalez | October 24, 2020

El Yunque is located on the east side of the island of Puerto Rico and is the only tropical rainforest that belongs to the United States National Forest Service. The Yunque is one of the most visited sites on the island.



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Flora and Sauna   

The Yunque is well known for its unique flora and fauna, home to over 200 species of trees and plants. Its biodiversity is one of the riches in the world. You will encounter an uncommon Dwarf forest ecosystem, featuring miniature trees and inhabited by small species of fauna. The Yunque is also home to about 13 species of the coqui frog, which is practically a symbol of Puerto Rico.

Another native of the Yunque is the Puerto Rican parrot, a beautiful little green parrot with a red forehead and white rings around the eyes. Unfortunately, the Amazon population suffered a massive blow after hurricane Maria in 2017. Fortunately, their numbers are raoidly increasing.


Water Falls

As this is a rain forest, water is abundant.  Throughout the forest, you will experience a number of beautiful waterfalls like the Coca waterfall right at the entrance of the El Yunque.  Ask a local how to get to some of the hidden natural water slides and enjoy hours of fun.

Urban Legends

The Yunque is not immune to urban legends. Many have claim UFO sightings and have told stories about the famous Chupacabra. Perhaps the fact that there was the Pico del Este Long Range Radar Station, which was off-limits to the public, helped the imagination to create such stories.


How to Get There

Take the Expresso Roman Baldorioty de Castro/PR-26 and PR-66, continue to PR-3 S, then take PR-191. About 50km and it will take about 44 minutes in good traffic.

Location: Rio Grande
Parking: Yes

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