Travel Journal: Puerto Rico DAY 4

DAY 4 – January 29

On Day 4, we rented a car and drove over an hour to the El Yunque National Forest.  El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System.

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The roads within the National forest are narrow, curvy, and hilly.  At various points along the way, there are stop-off points to park and hike the trails.

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First, we parked at the trail for the La Mina waterfalls.  The trails are all paved, and with good reason: without pavement, the trails would no doubt wash away.

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We saw a few snails and lizards as we hiked.

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After 45 minutes, we arrived at the La Mina Waterfalls.  This is the only waterfall in El Yunque where visitors are allowed to get into the water.

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It was beautiful.

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We hiked back to the car and drove to another stop: the Yokahú Observation Tower.

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Climbing the stairs.

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…and here is the view from the top!

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We would have loved to hike the trails that lead all the way to the El Yunque peak but due to delays with getting the rental car in the morning, we could not stay in the rainforest as long as we would have liked.

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After arriving back at the hotel, we took a stroll on the beach.  Then we enjoyed a nice dinner at an Argentinean Steakhouse.  It was nice to spend the rest of the evening in the hot tub and then reading our books on the balcony of our hotel room.

 

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