El Yunque National Forest
El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest is located in the rugged Sierra de Luquillo, 40 km southeast of San Juan (latitude 18º 19’ N, longitude 65º 45’W). The forest covers lands of the municipalities of Canóvanas, Las Piedras, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo, and Rio Grande. Get its name from an Indian spirit Yuquiye, which means "Forest of Clouds", that gave the mountain that dominates the 28,000 acre of tropical forest. It is the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. Originally set aside in 1876 by the Spanish Crown, the Forest represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. With over 240 species (26 species are found nowhere else) of trees and plants, give reason to the government of Puerto Rico to spend a great deal of moneymaking to preserve floral species and animals that are on the verge of extinction. The total area is 11,270 ha (75% of Puerto Rico virgin forest is here)
It has very nice landscape with grassy land.
Flora and fauna
El Yunque National Forest is a cool, mountainous, and sub-tropical rainforest. The eastern portion of the Luquillo mountains get the most rain. El Yunque is the rainiest of all the National Forests with up to 240 inches per year. More than 100 billion gallons of rainwater fall on the Forest per year. The climate is frost-free and ranges in moisture from semi-desert to rain forest conditions within very short distances. There are strong easterly trade-winds and cool weather is normal at the higher elevations. Throughout the mountains you can also find waterfalls and rushing rapids moving down towards the ground level.
There are no entrance fees to visit the forest, you just drive up, though El Portal Visitors Center cost $4 per person. A Forest Service one-hour guided tour cost a $5 donation.
To get around, you will go with a group of people and the tour guide will show you most of the animals, caves, and water falls.
they have rainforests where you can hike,go kayaking,and guided scuba diving.
You cannot sleep in this Rain Forest because of all the wild and exotic plants and animals in the area of this Rain Forest.
You will be safe as long as you do not touch anything, and follow your tour guide. If you are somewhere in the forest, and your group starts walking with your tour guide, STAY close to together because itis a HUGE Rain Forest. Also, keep your children or small childern close to you and do no touch anything, unless your tour guide says it is alright to touch it. Stay alert for the different animals and insects that you come close to.