Thursday 13 Mar, 2014

5 Things to Know About El Yunque Rain Forest

Known by locals as the “Island of Enchantment,” Puerto Rico is filled with experiences guaranteed to captivate both you and your travelers.  From the rich Spanish-influenced history to the breath-taking natural beauty of it’s tropical terrain, there is never a dull moment – unless you want to kick back and soak in some sun at Luquillo Beach!

For the explorers out there, you will definitely want to make a trip to El Yunque National Forest. To get you prepped, we’ve listed out some fun facts about the forest:

  1. Waterfall in El Yunque

    One of the 25 waterfalls in El Yunque

    Many names, same place. Before it was known as El Yunque National Forest, it went by the names of Luquillo National Forest and the Caribbean National Forest.

  2. Only tropical rain forest within U.S. territory. Located in San Juan, El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest recognized by the United States National Forest System.
  3. Average rainfall of 200 inches each year.  That is the equivalent of over 100 billion gallons of water! With that much rain, it’s easy to see why El Yunque doesn’t have a specific wet or dry season.  Also, with temperatures staying between 70-80 degrees Farenheit, the wildlife flourishes throughout the year.
  4. coquí sitting on a leaf

    One of the 13 types of coquí that live in the forest

    25 waterfalls throughout the forest. It’s hard to match the beauty of seeing a waterfall in person.  That is unless you can see 25!  That’s right. El Yunque is home to 25 waterfalls spaced throughout the forest, but only 5 of them are accessible from the hiking trails.

  5. Unique wildlife. Hiking through the forest you may encounter some animals that are rare finds. One of these is the famous coquí.  This frog species holds a special place in the heart of Puerto Ricans and is known for the sounds it makes from sunset til sunrise.

With gorgeous waterfalls, unique wildlife and the chance to surround yourself with lush scenery, a visit to El Yunque National Forest is a must-see on your next educational tour!

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