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.
El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres (43.753 mi2) of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. The highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3,494 feet (1,065 m) above sea level. Ample rainfall creates a setting full of lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has several trails from which the jungle-like territory’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.
The driving distance between San Juan to El Yunque is 53km and it takes you approximately 48 minutes. If you don’t have a car, you can take a Taxi or an Uber.
NOTE: Entry tickets for the main recreation area in El Yunque along Rd 191 are available by reservation at www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300017. Visitor capacity to this area is being managed to help comply with health and safety directives following the guidelines of the agency.
Phone: 787-888-1880 or 787-888-1810
Location: HC-01, Box 13490 Rio Grande, PR 00745-9625
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HsY66siaUT42
Yunque Portalito Hub: Open from 9am to 5pm. Free of Charge.
Park Hours: open every day from 8am to 6pm
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