El Yunque Tropical Forest

The only Tropical Forest in the U.S. National Forest System, it is made up of some over 240 different species of trees, and consists of a series of forests, each one determined by its altitude. El Toro, the highest peak in the forest, rises to 3,532 feet.

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Named after the benevolent Indian spirit Yokahú. El Yunque is the only Tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Made up of some over 240 different species of trees, it is actually a series of forests, each one determined by its altitude. El Toro, the highest peak in the forest rises to 3,532 feet. More than 100 billion gallons of precipitation fall each year, creating the jungle-like ambience of lush foliage, sparkling leaves, shining wet rocks, and shadowy paths occasionally pierced by sunlight. Spectacular waterfalls rush alongside its well-maintained trails. There are many favorite spots for visitors to take photos or a refreshing dip in the pristine pools. No one knows how many specimens of the noisy, ubiquitous tree frog,"El Coquí", Live here, but you'll hear from them.... You can see the forest best on foot, but much of its splendor can be appreciated during a slow drive up and down the mountain. You can explore on your own, park along a roadside tower to see the view, or take a guided tour. Be sure to take time for El Portal Rain Forest Center. It features interesting exhibits in English and Spanish, a well-stocked bookstore, and a souvenir shop. The Center's theater presents a documentary film every half-hour, and has several interactive exhibits, including one entitled “Understanding the Forest." The Caribbean National Forest is located in the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains, approximately 25 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and encompasses over 28,000 acres of land. Caribbean NF, locally known as El Yunque , is one of the most popular recreation sites in Puerto Rico and the US National Forest System. Almost a million tourists, from Puerto Rico, the U.S. and abroad visit this rain forest each year.

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