Adventure travels: El Yunque Rainforest [PICS]

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Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest is the ideal entry-level tropical encounter.

The El Yunque rainforest reserve in Puerto Rico spans the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains for over 28,000 acres. In parts receiving over 200 inches of rainfall a year, the dense ecosystem comprises lush foliage, crags, waterfalls and rivers.

Fabulous views of the rainforest canopy can be taken in from the peaks of El Toro and El Yunque, respectively topping out at 3,494ft and 3543ft above sea level.

Under the auspices of the US Forest Service, ecological degradation has been arrested, and in many cases, reversed. Well-staffed, and crisscrossed with short, paved and relatively mild trails, El Yunque makes the ideal entry-level tropical encounter.

Spectacular … The Atlantic viewed from El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Serenity … La Mina Falls trailhead, El Yunque
Take a hike! … Paved trail, El Yunque
Go with the flow … Waterfall, El Yunque
Standing out … El Yunque’s stunning flora

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(Images: Sushant Jadhav, jeffgunn, csuspect, Luke Redmond, csuspect)

Adventure travels: El Yunque Rainforest [PICS] was last modified: April 9th, 2012 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.