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Omitting Thursday since we basically lounged at the beach at Rio Mar, but Friday was our tour of El Yunque, the grand rain forest which provides
Like most of the other locals we interacted with, Manuel had lived in NYC for many years before returning back. He asked where we hailed from and naturally when we told him
Our first stop was at the Visitor’s Center. A very nice design with a lot of great exhibits explaining the diversity of plants and animals as well as all of the resources El Yunque provides. No charge, of course. The facility also has a gift shop with snacks available and rest rooms. I asked Manuel a question in the parking lot and he proceeded to give us an impromptu tour that was quite informative. The best part was when he pointed to a spot on the ground and indicated that there was frequently a boa constrictor there and continued, letting us know there are only four species of snakes on
We continued higher into the rain forest (there are four distinct zones) and reached the trailhead for our two-mile hike.
Manuel was awaiting everyone at the end of the trail and several construction workers were rebuilding a part of the parking lot there. They had gathered a few mangoes that had fallen and washed one off for Spencer to munch on.
Next stop was a tower that afforded splendid views on a clear day, which today wasn’t (
El Yunque is a jewel and I have not told you very much, but a visit is highly recommended if you should be in the area.