in contact with the rain forest at "El Yunque", how beautiful is the nature!!!

El Yunque Travel Blog

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crossing the bridge
It was past noon when we arrived to "El Yunque". It is a National Park, where you can see beautiful landscapes, swim in the waterfalls and if you are lucky listen to the "Coquis" which are frogs - you can only find here - and sing: "co-qui, co-qui", haha. The entrance is free, but since we wanted to watch the informative video we paid a small fee.

When we arrived the video was about ending, but we didn't have time to wait. We had to be at the airport at 3:30pm, which gave us barely enough time for the trekking and enjoy the waterfalls. Mark would stay down and wait for the rest of us. The view down there was amazing too, also he'd have the opportunity to watch the whole video.

The rest of us, squezeed in one car - didn't know how we fit, haha - and started to go to the entrance of the park.
Yadi & Francisco :)
Before reaching the entrance we stopped at "La Coca" waterfalls. That was the first point to take pics, haha. Oh! It felt so good to stretch our legs. Jess and me were sitting at the copilot's seat, haha. Unfortunately the break wasn't long. We had to hurry up if we wanted to reach the other waterfall and enjoyed it.

We kept on moving and arrived to the entrance itself. Found a parking spot, actually we created one, haha. It was a good idea Mark decided to stay, the road was slippery and full of stairs going up and down. What's that noise? Is that a coqui??? I think so, but I wasn't able to see any :(

Gilberto, who is Puerto Rican, was telling me he couldn't believe he has never visited the park before. My answer was: "Well... don't feel bad.
yay! I conquered the waterfalls!!!
This usually happens. We don't find too exciting things that are close to us, which isn't fair... But you're doing it now, so feel proud about it!" The trekking was hard but not as hard as I expected, although you had to be careful with your steps. Because of all the trees, we couldn't see if the sun was shining or not, haha. So many kind of trees and bushes, how nice!!!

After a trekking shorter than expected we arrived to the other waterfalls "La Mina". Who would go into the water? Mmm, not me that's for sure. Well, it didn't take long to Francisco to go into the water. He forgot about his injuries and jumped into it. He was having so much fun. There were other people going into the water too, when I recognized one of them. It was Gilberto! So the 2 Puerto Rican guys of the group went into the waterfalls, haha.
Kary, Francisco, Yadi & Gilberto!!!


The 2 boys were having a great time. They were swiming and going under the waterfalls. It looked so much fun! Francisco didn't want to leave the water, but eventually we had to start going back in order to arrive on time for Mark. Ok, hurry up guys, but be careful ;) The water was strong and falling there wouldn't be fun at all.

It was even faster to go back. The whole time cell phones were dead, no signal. By the time we got signal Francisco had some missed calls. One was from Mark who was already waiting for us, ready to go to the airport.  It'd have been lovely to have lunch with him, but no time... Francisco, the expert, took us to the airport just in time and we said good bye to Mark. See you soon, Mark!!!!

The rest of us would go to get some Puerto Rican food for lunch. To a fancy restaurant? No, we'd go where the locals go for the real stuff, yay!!!
Koralifix says:
Sounds pretty cool! Good on you!
Posted on: Feb 13, 2009
yadilitta says:
yes, thanks to this site and meeting TB's in Lima, I was able to rediscover my city :)
Posted on: Feb 13, 2009
Koralifix says:
You're right, some of the best places can be so close.
Posted on: Feb 13, 2009
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crossing the bridge
crossing the bridge
Yadi & Francisco :)
Yadi & Francisco :)
yay! I conquered the waterfalls!!!
yay! I conquered the waterfalls!!!
Kary, Francisco, Yadi & Gilberto!!!
Kary, Francisco, Yadi & Gilberto!!!
getting closer to El Yunque
getting closer to "El Yunque"
the entrance to the park
the entrance to the park
the road to arrive to the visitor …
the road to arrive to the visitor…
yep, there we go...
yep, there we go...
entrance to the visitor center
entrance to the visitor center
Yep, it is, haha
Yep, it is, haha
at the visitor center
at the visitor center
Yuquiyu is the name of a God, this…
Yuquiyu is the name of a God, thi…
at La Coca waterfalls
at "La Coca" waterfalls
La Coca waterfalls
La Coca waterfalls
I found Kittys twin sister :)
I found Kitty's twin sister :)
the big tree, hehe
the big tree, hehe
rain forest vegetation
rain forest vegetation
more vegetation, did I listen to a…
more vegetation, did I listen to …
its dark, but you could see our s…
it's dark, but you could see our …
so many trees
so many trees
more stairs
more stairs
nice Las Minas waterfalls
nice "Las Minas" waterfalls
getting ready to go into the water…
getting ready to go into the wate…
this was slippery... you can see F…
this was slippery... you can see …
our 2 Puerto Rican friends, go Fra…
our 2 Puerto Rican friends, go Fr…
Gilberto, hurry up!
Gilberto, hurry up!
Francisco against the force of the…
Francisco against the force of th…
Jess :)
Jess :)
Jess & Yadi
Jess & Yadi
Yadi & Gilberto, my new Puerto Ric…
Yadi & Gilberto, my new Puerto Ri…
I didnt make it fall down...
I didn't make it fall down...
El Yunque Sights & Attractions review
Experience the tropical rainforest - El Yunque
El Yunque is located in the rainforest which means you would be surrounded by amazing flora and fauna. And if you are lucky you'll be able to listen t… read entire review
El Yunque
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