Puerto Rico Dec. 2015 ~ El Yunque National Rainforest, Coqui International & Lluvia Deli

We had one pretty day left to explore around Rio Grande, Puerto Rico before going to Old San Juan for our last night. We had hiked the Big Tree Trail to Mina Falls in the El Yunque National Rainforest on our previous spring visit, so decided to try a different trail this time. Here’s a link to the park’s trail map. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/elyunque/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5190546&width=full

We stopped off at the Yokahu Tower to see the view to the ocean first. There’s bathrooms here and a little gift store.

IMG_1938IMG_0004IMG_1944Time to explore the rainforest! Note the “faces” that protrude along the mountaintop. There are names for these sleeping giants on signs on top of the tower. I love the huge variety of ferns in the forest, and there were several colorful plants and trees blooming.

We made it to the top of the trail where the Mt. Britton Tower has a great overlook view.

IMG_1972I had spotted some cute gift and artisan shops and restaurants back on the main street in Palmer,  so that was our next stop. They were re-doing the roads through the community, but they should be done by now. Coqui International lured me in with their colorful flags and pretty murals on the building. I was impressed to find a wonderful collection of local Puerto Rican artists, artisans and products and snapped several pictures. I picked out a variety of soaps and a bottle of their  delicious coconut drink Coquito. Here’s a link to their website and online store: http://www.coquistores.com/

Starving now, we went across the street to check out Lluvia Deli Bar and Artefacto, for lunch. I had seen rave reviews on Trip Advisor recommending them, so gave them a try. The interior is cheery, funky and cute and they had sections with local items for sale too. Their menu offers yummy sounding hot sandwiches, Boars Head sandwiches, pizza and salads. They have fresh squeezed juices, home made lemonade (which we loved), lemon ice tea and fresh fruit smoothies. Their breakfast menu sounds divine! I was sad we hadn’t found them earlier in the week to try their breakfast and more lunch! http://www.lluviapr.com/

I bought the two purses shown above as my trip souvenir. I highly recommend this shop and dine experience! They are on the way to El Yunque, so you can get a lunch to go for a picnic, or stop on your way out like we did.

Here’s a link to my previous post on El Yunque National Rainforest and lunch at the Luquillo Food Kiosks. https://busybeetraveler.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/el-yunque-national-rainforest-lunch-at-revolution-pizza-luquillo-kiosks-puerto-rico/

Next up, our last night in Old San Juan at the El Convento Hotel

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