- Type: Tours
NileGuide Expert tip:
Camp when the weather is nice and stay away during the raining season (June-November).
- Wild orchids, giant ferns, bromelias, countless waterfalls and exotic parrots are all part of the splendor of El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States. El Yunque is one of the most diverse and most studied forests in the world that survives thanks to exceptional humidity circumstances. To camp here, you need a permit, which is free, but remember this is a rain forest, therefore the surroundings are consistently wet. To visit, drive to the town of Luquillo on the east coast of the island, a little under an hour away from San Juan. Once in town, follow the signs to El Yunque. When at the entrance, you can either go to the visitors center and get a map, shop or find a tour, or just drive up the hill, park, and wonder around the many well maintained trails. Make sure to visit La Coca waterfall, one of the most stunning in the forest. Do not try to venture away from the trails though; many tourists and locals have been lost up there for days, weeks, and even months.
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