The Best El Yunque Tours to National Rainforest

El Yunque is the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System and is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, which are part of the Luquillo Mountains range. It’s on the northeast coast, approximately 50 miles (80 km) east of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city. And El Yunque tours are the ones of `must have`.

El Yunque National Rainforest, sometimes called “The Garden of Light”, is a tropical rainforest in northeastern Puerto Rico that was established as a national forest in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (USFS). El Yunque became a protected area in 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt declared it as such for its natural beauty and ecological importance.

The Forest covers an area of 18,900 acres (75 km2) and contains over 500 species of trees, orchids, bromeliads, and other plants; more than half of which are not found anywhere else in North America. It also has over 400 species of birds.

El Yunque National Forest and the Largest Biolab in the World

The rainforest was originally named after a Taino Indian word meaning “the place where it rains continuously”.

El Yunque is both a national forest and a bio lab. This means that it has both environmental and scientific purposes. It’s also home to many different ecosystems, which are not found anywhere else on Earth. The forest consists mainly of two types of vegetation: moist lowland forest and elfin forest. Moist lowland forest makes up around 10% of the total area, while