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Category: Forests, Local time: 20:21:23, Altitude: 1080m, Address: Carretera 191, Río Grande, Puerto Rico, Tel.: +1 787-888-1880

El Yunque is a tropical rainforest on the island of Puerto Rico . It spreads about 40 km southeast of San Juan , on an area of around 114 km2. Its official name is the Caribbean National Forest. El Yunque is a part of the mountain range Sierra de Luquillo. The area is a home to the endangered Puerto Rican parrot - the endemic parrot inhabiting only the island of Puerto Rico . Over 200 species of indigenous trees, rare plants and more than 50 species of orchids grow here. According to an Indian legend, El Yunque is the seat of the powerful but kindly spirit Yuquiyú. The highest peak of the forest is called El Toro, and it is located at a height of 1,073 m above the sea level. In addition to the fascinating views and rare representatives of flora and fauna, the impressive waterfalls La Mina and Coca are also to be found on the area of El Yunque. Camping in El Yunque is possible only in certain parts of the forest. To get a permission, you should contact the Catalina Work Centre. El Yunque is opened daily from 7:30 to 18:00. The rainy season starts in June and continues until November. El Yunque has approximately 39 km of hiking paths. There is a lovely view of El Yunque available from the Yokahu Tower .

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GPS: 18.3006, -65.7887
Altitude: 726 m
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Last update: Nov 10, 2012 2:49:49 PM

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