On an island where 85 percent of the native trees have actually been dropped, the El Yunque jungle, in the high tops of the Sierra de Luquillo, maintains 28,000 acres of untamed Puerto Rico. Found much less than an hour southeast of Old San Juan, El Yunque (pronounced “el-yune-kay”) contends more than 23 miles of properly maintained jungle trails.
Or, if you prefer, you could stay in your auto and follow the highway 20 mins beyond the treehouse-like welcome center to La Coca Falls, stopping (and pulling over) for well-worth-the-stop photo opportunities. At the falls, everyone clambers over the rocks to touch the cascading water. Weather forecast: the woodland gets 250 inches of rainfall a year; periodic rainstorms are the standard. Before or after your tropical rain forest journey, stop at food stand second, among a team lining Path PR3, for rapid and unforgettable empanadillas, miniature empanadas stuffed with lobster, crab, or conch. It’s likewise conventional to take a post-trek dip at close-by Luquillo Beach or at the adjacent, and more remote, Playa Azul.