View from the tower in El Yunque Rainforest
El Yunque National Rainforest
We met up with Wally’s sister and nieces and nephew that were staying at the Hilton Condado in San Juan for a day trip to the El Yunque National Rainforest. We had moved to the Gran Melia Golf Resort for our last few nights, and the rainforest was about 10 minutes away from us. They caught a cab from their hotel to the Gran Melia and we piled in the car for the trip to the rain forest. We were a bit tight in the back seat but luckily the girls are slim so managed to fit.
We stopped off at the visitor’s center for a map and bathrooms and then headed up the road. Here’s a useful link to their government website with hiking info. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/elyunque/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5190546
First stop was at a waterfall right next to the road.
We decided to hike the Big Tree Trailhead to La Mina Falls and parked on the side of the road opposite the trail entrance. There are other parking spots and another trail entrance a bit further up the road. Be cautious of the buses coming up the road as they have to get up speed to keep going uphill!
I loved all of the ferns and cool trees!
If you wear your bathing suit or just want to get wet in your clothes, you can cool off in the falls. Pack drinks and a snack to enjoy when you arrive so you can catch your breath for the return trip. I do not recommend this trail for elderly or those with health conditions as it is steep in places with lots of steps.
We passed many fellow Tennesseeans along the trail that recognized our group’s big orange “T”shirts
These huge tree type ferns were gorgeous!
Be sure and stop off at the lookout tower along the road for amazing views to the ocean
The view to Luquillo!
Monica and the tower were both celebrating their 50th birthdays! This was Monica’s 50th birthday trip.
We were hot and tired and that was enough rainforest for us for the day, so we loaded up and drove to the Luquillo Kiosks just a few minutes away. We had eaten wings and a salad at Revolution Pizza Shop “New York Hardcore Pizza”, Kiosk #34 on a previous visit and seeing the hand-tossed pizzas being served made us crave one after our hike. You can like and follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionPizzaShop
We placed our order for wings, pizza and a bucket of cold beer and then walked down to the beach to check it out. It is just GORGEOUS here! Bring your beach stuff so you can eat, then relax or play for a while.
Back to the food… They brought out the most mouth-watering focaccia bread sprinkled with rosemary. I asked for some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and was in heaven! Then the wings arrived and they are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside – perfect!
Then our two pizzas arrived – we ordered a Margherita and a meat and I have to say they were the best pizza we’ve had since our trip to Italy in October! Two thumbs up Revolution Pizza! Just wish your were in my neighborhood back home.
The pizza master at work… he demonstrated that first you press it out, then give it a little stretching, then a quick upward twirl, and do that a few more times…
Happy customers ~ Another great day in Puerto Rico!