30 September 2016
30.08.2016 85 °F
After a quick bite of cereal with Lucy Curt and I are off on the 45 minute drive to El Yunque.
I have not heard a single bad thing about the park which holds the only rainforest in the United States. First stop is the visitors center for map, info a short hike and a take-out sandwich for a picnic later on.
We see this tree that appears to be growing over or out of this tree.
These huge snails are on many of the trees, branches, and leaves.
Our first of several stops is Coca falls. It is right along the road and we would have photos just as good if we had stopped the car for a few seconds right next to it.
The next stop was Yokahu Tower for a lookout over the rainforest from the top of the tower. From here it is possible to see lower as well as the highest peaks.
The Big Tree Trail is one of the routes to La Mina Falls which seem to be one of the hot spots for the northern section of the park.
There turns out to be a ton of people all over the rocks and in the pools around the falls so we just reverse direction and take the hike back to the car.
A little further down the road we find a picnic spot in what seems to be an abandoned shell of a building with picnic tables and an old fireplace. It feels like we are in an Indiana Jones movie as we eat our club sandwiches. It was advertised that there would be nothing to eat once we truly entered the park but this turned out not to be true with several options along the way.
Next up on the agenda was the trail to Mt. Britton lookout. This is a bit more uphill and starts to get real. The lookout here gives us a view of the other peak that looks not that far away
We decide to attempt going all the way to El Yunque Peak. By the time we get to the lookout the clouds have moved in and we don’t get much of a lookout. It now feels even more like an Indiana Jones movie. For the return down we end up behind three other people who don’t seem to want to let us pass. Even when we were in the middle of their little pack they still just chattered on and failed to notice our attempts to get by them. Eventually we succeeded and we ended with a time of 1.5 hours up and 1 hour 10 minutes down.
By this time we are ready for some beach laziness and El Yunque is not far from Luquillo beach so we spend a few minutes cooling off in what feels like bath water.
The beach was right behind the kiosks so this time we went in search of something with lobster in the title. At La Yola we were charmed by the guy sent out to lure in customers. I think we both agreed that the two pound lobster stuffed with shrimp and skirt steak with their special sauce was the best of the entire trip.
The most ironic part of the whole day is that we spent it in the RAINforest and it was the first day of our whole trip that it DIDN’T rain.