The El Yunque National Forest, Rio Grande

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El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.This forest is commonly known as El Yunque, which may be attributed to either a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taíno word yu-ke which means "white lands", or the word "anvil," which is yunque in Spanish. The second-tallest mountain within El Yunque is also named El Yunque.El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres (43.753 mi2 or 113.32 km2) of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico.El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3494ft above sea level. Ample rainfall (over 200 inches a year in some areas) creates a jungle-like setting — lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has a number of trails from which the jungle-like territory's flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.
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  • Have nice trails but need to go with no rush. It is a moderate- hard trails depend the person. I recommend to carry a backpack with snacks and drinks and a raincoat because rains everyday. I do not re...  more »
  • Got there early in the morning 9 am...Drove the car up the the mountain and got out at all the stops....Beautiful views......on the way down everything opened up  more »
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