You Won’t Be Disappointed!
Thinking about booking a vacation sometime soon but you’re a little hesitant on where you should go? Have you given much thought to the Caribbean? Surely you have! The Caribbean islands receive a massive influx of vacationers and tourists every year! But have you given some thought about specifically vacationing in Puerto Rico?
The beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is not only more accessible than ever before, but it’s more beautiful than ever before. It is quickly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in the entire Caribbean for a number of reasons.
First, Puerto Rico is extremely easy to visit. As opposed to some of the other islands in the Caribbean that require travelers to hold an international passport, Puerto Rico will grant entry to any American citizen with only a state-issued driver’s license or standard I.D. Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, American citizens face little restrictions when traveling to the island. It is literally as simple as booking a flight, finding a hotel, and planning a trip.
And in terms of planning, we have one recommendation that you just have to do!
El Yunque National Rainforest
Did you know that the island of Puerto Rico has its own rainforest? El Yunque is the only rainforest part of the United States Park Service; a division of the federal government to ensure its protection and preservation. It is a massive and sprawling green tree-lined skyscape occupying nearly 30,000 acres. Situated between a number of peaks and valleys, certain areas of the rainforest can stretch up to 3,000 feet in elevation!
As one of Puerto Rico’s and the Caribbean’s most prized natural resources, the El Yunque National Rainforest is simply an awe-inspiring site. Tourists and hikers are free to hike the various trails and pathways on their own or they could sign up and participate on a guided tour. Many tours are conducted in the early morning or the late afternoon hours to provide a stunning and well-lit block of time to catch some amazing views.
However, for those looking for a challenge, spending a full-day hiking the lush forest floor has the potential to be a life changing experience. Hike the trails, meditate at the various waterfalls, swim in the natural spring water creeks and rivers, and fully immerse yourself in our world’s natural beauty. The rainforest is accessible year-round and certainly should be one of your top destinations when traveling to Puerto Rico. Why skip on an opportunity to see mother earth’s beauty at its purest state?
Take a trip to Puerto Rico and find yourself speechless in awe as you witness the massive sprawl of the El Yunque Rainforest – trust us, you will not be let down.
Current Status of El Yunque National Rainforest Trails
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, some of El Yunque National Rainforest suffered damage due to landslides, flooding, and downed trees. Before you head out on your trip to the rainforest, be sure to check any and all activity regarding the forest’s condition prior to planning your trip. Be sure to verify with all potential tour guides that your trails are safe and secure and that the trails you plan to hike are free and clear of debris and all potential hazards.