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La Mina falls again
So we set out of San Juan for a completely different adventure. I've always wanted to see a rainforest and the other ones are very far away so our trip took us to El Yunque. Of course when I want to go check out a rainforest it's going to, you guessed it, rain! Which turned out to be perfect actually. It rained heavily for about 30 minutes so my friend/guide and I ran back to the car and waited there until it stopped.
Since we were already wet and it was pretty humid up there we kind of threw the dress code out of the window. Which explains, well look at the pictures. hahaha First we climbed up the Yokahu watch tower which is located at one of the parking lots along the way pretty close to La Mina falls. You get a pretty good view from up there and it's free! The La Mina falls are also on the way up.
La Coca falls in El Yunque rain forest
You really can't miss it because it's right next to the road. Then we decided to take a hike. The maps are everywhere and depending on how much time you have and what kind of shoes you are wearing (if any) you can pick the route that is good for you.
We took the trail La Coco which leads you through the rainforest to a little but beautiful waterfall. Which turned out to be much bigger because it had rained! haha! Along the trail there is lots to see or at least that's what I think. I'm sort of a nature freak and I take pictures of the silliest things and I don't mind climbing around a little to get the perfect shot. Unfortunatly the camera I had with me was well... crap.. excuse my French. 1.4 pixles and it showes. So I'm sorry about the quality of the pics.
The watch tower
I also dropped the silly thing into the mud, but that's a long story. :-) I actually took a tip at the waterfall which kind of defeted the whole trying not to get wet part but oh well. It was fun. The water is refreshing and not to deep. The hike back was nice as well. Beautiful flowers and the sound of the Coqui frog in your ear and the gekkos crawling and climbing all over the place. You should also stop at one of the little food places along the way. I don't want to call them restaurants or even food shacks because it's really only one guy standing there with a BBQ cooking up some kebabs. Very delicious.
Afterwards we were off to Luquillo beach. Ahhhh!
missandrea81 says:
El Yunque is fantastic, isn't it? I didn't mind it in the rain.
Posted on: May 07, 2013
anupa_rk says:
I absolutely loved the rain forest too. And surprisingly, it only threatened to rain, but the weather remained gorgeous. Overcast, but gorgeous.
Posted on: May 07, 2013
missandrea81 says:
Hi! No I didn't. I had a "private" tour guide, a friend of mine. I think it would be a little hard to find the place if you don't know the area. But I'm sure there's numerous tours you could go with. Maybe ask around travbuddy for someone to take you. :)
Posted on: Apr 21, 2009
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La Mina falls again
La Mina falls again
La Coca falls in El Yunque rain fo…
La Coca falls in El Yunque rain f…
The watch tower
The watch tower
On top of the watch tower
On top of the watch tower
gekko
gekko
Is it still raining???
Is it still raining???
Gekko style
Gekko style
a creek
a creek
climbing around
climbing around
big giant leaf
big giant leaf
La Mina falls in El Yunque rainfor…
La Mina falls in El Yunque rainfo…
La Coca fall
La Coca fall
little waterfall
little waterfall
weird tree
weird tree
The trail map
The trail map
me taking a dip in rain forest wa…
El Yunque
photo by: missandrea81