El Yunque

El Yunque is the most important place to go hiking in Puerto Rico. The national parc is located on a mountain anthat is surrounded by a huge bird sanctuary and rain forest.

The local Indians have always attributed magical powers to the mountain.

Begin your visit at El Portal Visitors Center which recently opened a third new pavilion. Exhibits at the handicapped-accessible facility range from high-tech multimedia displays to a giant light-up map that shows how the rain forest supplies water to huge sections of the island.


Several hiking trails lead to waterfalls that are especially pleasant during or at the end of the rainy season. Nearby are some good beaches, the best known being Luquillo Beach. It has coconut palms and all the sort of things you would want to find on your beach.

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