Ever been to the Rainforest Cafe? Back in middle school, all of my friends thought it was the coolest place to eat. Every inch of the restaurant is decorated to look like an actual rain forest. Not only is there gigantic fish tanks, but there are electronic animals that move! Not sure what an elephant is doing in a rain forest, but it still was pretty awesome.
C’mon tell me you don’t want that volcano sundae..
As awesome as the Rainforest Cafe is, it does not do even do the actual rain forests around the world justice. I can make this statement because I have actually been to one before! Most people don’t know that Puerto Rico holds one of the United State’s National Forests. El Yunque definitely is one of the most beautiful places on the island.
El Yunque is located on the east side of PR. From my Abuelita’s house, El Yunque is only an hour so my cousins and I would plan day trips to go there. Believe me that nothing is more relaxing that eating lunch by a waterfall!
The rain forest is a spot I absolutely suggest because what can be more tropical that than?! As you walk through the trails, you come across beautifully colored birds and others animals casually walking around. The sounds of parrots and coquis are heard throughout the rain forrest. One part that I love the most is the observatory tower that looks over El Yunque and Puerto Rico.
SO just a few tips for visiting this tropical rain forest:
1) Bug spray will save you
The mosquitos in Puerto Rico are killers already, so El Yunque’s mosquitos are notorious. It isn’t until the day after do you realize that your sun kissed legs and arms were a full Thanksgiving dinner. Even as a native, my family always makes jokes that I’m made out of sugar by all of the attention I get from those buggers. So even though you’ll smell like you’ve bathed in bug spray all day, it’ll be well worth it.
2) Give the texting a break
I’m not saying that you can’t snap pictures to post on Instagram later. Just don’t be on your phone the whole time or walk around with it in your hand. My titi (aunt) made that mistake. She always has her phone in her hand and happens to be a speedy texter. With her luck, while we were walking on one of the trails, she slipped and her iPhone 5s fell down a cliff! Yeah it was pretty rough day for her. So keep the phone in your backpack or this well be you:
3) Stay dry with an umbrella
Keep in mind that this is a rain forest. Even though it may be clear blue skies on the drive to El Yunque, that doesn’t mean there’s not a downpour in the rain forest. Have you umbrella handy. If not, you’ll leave as if you just walked off a water park ride.
Hope you enjoy El Yunque!