Take a Walk in El Yunque Rain Forest with a Forest Guide or Ranger
Update- Oct 2019- A Walk and Talk tour has restarted.It will be a little different from the tour described that we went on, but similar enough!
The El Yunque National Forest is a large, lush and interesting place to visit. It easy to see the beauty, but to really know about the rain forest, an educational guided tour is great. The Federal Forest Rangers offers “Walks and Talks” guided tour , that are 30 min long educational walks designed to teach you about the El Yunque rain forest.
We have been to the rain forest dozens of times and have hiked many trails. We thought we knew a lot about the forest, but wanted to see what this program was all about. We stopped in at the Palo Colorado Station a little before a tour was just about to start, so we signed up. We were joined by 3 other people and our guide, Cynthia. We started the tour at the entrance to El Caimitillo Trail and continued along the trail for a total of about a half mile. The talks/walks start at El Portal Visitors Center.
The guides pick a subject and they talk about it and other forest things along that theme. Our guide talked about flora and fuana of El Yuqnue. She was able to find all sorts of little flowers and creatures that everyone else would have just walked by and never noticed, such as the walking stick insects and tiny blooming orchids. We stopped often and she discussed things like the different levels of the forest and what trees can grow at each level and why. She told us about the rain forest mountains and why the location of El Yunque helps it get so much rain (about 200 inches a year). She discussed many interesting, lesser known things about the forest.
It was a very relaxed, enjoyable hour of learning, that will make you appreciate the forest more and make you want to slow down and look around to really see the forest and its critters. We learned a number of new things and our Ranger told us about a lesser used trail we didn’t know about (that is an adventure for another day!). I highly recommend this tour.
The tour is open to everyone, people of all ages and activity levels will be able to enjoy this activity. However, the tours are on trails, it is not wheelchair accessible. And though most of the trail is mostly paved, the pavement is narrow and can be slippery.
The tours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at: 11:00 a.m. and 2pm
Talks are free.
The talk/tour takes about 30 mins. They are available in English or Spanish, probably bilingual
For additional information check their facebook page
At Palo Colorado Visitors Center at km 11.7 on PR Road 191.
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- El Yunque, Palo Colorado Visitor Center: (18.300919, -65.785362)
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