So much water, so much greenery and a spot of color in El Yunque.
View from the tower.
Water, water everywhere. Waterfalls crashing over towering rocks. Raindrops splashing against lacy green ferns. The gurgle of a stream hurrying down the hill.
El Yunque, a sub-tropical rain forest outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers gorgeous vistas of mountain and ocean, paths to follow and waterfalls to admire. Take a half day van tour (We took Castillo Tours) and get a glimpse of this wondrous place or lace up your hiking shoes and grab a poncho for a walk through a natural Eden.
Either way, it’s not a place to be missed if Puerto Rico is on your itinerary. Can’t get there right away? For you, a photo essay….
The first waterfall you’ll see when you enter El Yunque.
Fresh and green.
Local artisans sell their wares at the visitors center.
Ferns cover vast swaths of the forest.
The canopy soars overhead, keeping the forest floor cool and serene.
Look closely and you’ll find all sorts of fauna among the flora. These snails are big as your hand.
Climbing Yokahu Tower is easy and well worth the steps. The views are spectacular.
You can see all the way to the ocean from the top of Yokahu Tower.
Clouds move in, cover the mountain tops and drop a little rain before moving on.
The African tulips blaze orange.
© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman