It was nice
to spend time relaxing by the pool, but there are many
great sites to see in Puerto Rico. While we didn't get
a chance to see everything we wanted to see during our
six day trip, we did make it to some of the sites.
Old San Juan
historic walled city is on the tip of a peninsula northwest
of downtown San Juan. Since many of the streets are very
narrow, it is a great place to park your car and take
a walking tour of the city. There are many shops, museums,
and government buildings to check out, and you'll want
to take a walk past the port where the cruise ships dock.
Seeing a giant ocean liner at the end of the street is
truly a site to behold!
Forts of Old San Juan
are two forts that you should visit while in Old San Juan.
They are operated by the U.S. National Park Service and
are affordable and very interesting. The 1st fort, Fort
San Felipe del Morro was completed in 1589 and is located
on the western tip of Old San Juan near the cemetery.
The other, Castillo de San Cristóbal was completed in
1783, and is about a mile east of El Morro. Each tour
takes about an hour and offers an interesting history
lesson, as well as terrific views!
El Yunque National Rain Forest
Yunque is operated by the U.S. Parks Service and has the
distinction of being the only rain forest on U.S. soil.
It's about a two hour drive from San Juan on the eastern
end of Puerto Rico. This area was definitely the highlight
of our trip! The scenery is breath-taking with many waterfalls
and hiking trails to see and enjoy.
We began our visit to El Yunque with a stop at the Visitors'
Center. Here, we watched a short movie about El Yunque,
(available in both English and Spanish) and saw many of
the beautiful plants native to the rain forest. We
picked up a map that guided us up the mountain, pointing
out various stops along the way.
We took a several short hikes in the rain forest, and
stopped to climb the rocks near one of the many waterfalls
in the area. We were also treated to 3 or 4 short rain
showers (as you would expect in a rain forest!) - a fine
mist that cooled us off as we walked in the hot, tropical
the way down the mountain we stopped at an open air roadside
café that featured many authentic Puerto Rican dishes,
as well as good old cheeseburgers and fries.
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