Hike through the clouds of El Yunque's Forest peaks.
Located in Puerto Rico's Northeast Region, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain rivers, and outdoor recreation opportunities year-round.
This one-of-a-kind experience is approximately 6 miles roundtrip, it's considered a high, intense hike as the ascent is through an 8 degree inclination for the most first part of the trail. Experience the majestic Cloud Forest through all the types of terrains we'll walk through. We'll visit Mt. Britton Observation tower, El Yunque Peak and Los Picachos Peak. A total of 6 hours from beginning to end through a non crowded wilderness area. Groups of up to 6 for a more intimate atmosphere.
Includes dry bag, bottled water and granola bar. $125.00 per person
The Cloud Forest is unique and marvelous. It represents less than 2% of the total area of El Yunque and is found on the highest peaks of the mountains. Because its elevation, and difficulty to reach it, approximately 83% of the Cloud Forest remains undisturbed. Compared to other forest types, the vegetation of the Cloud Forest is small. Arboreal vegetation rarely reach 15 to 20 feet in height. This is a result of various factors to this area.
The strong humid winds which constantly hit the vegetation also cause the stunted and bent appearance of the vegetation. A minimal plant transpiration on this environment. Water saturation of the soil caused by the great quantity of rain received annually at this heights (200 inches); this also reduces the quantity of oxygen available for the roots. Constant clouds and fog minimizes sun light, causing the reduction of the photosynthetic activities and other biochemical processes. Low temperatures (approx.. 62º F) and shallow soils.
The soils as well as tree branches and trunks are densely covered by algae, hanging moss, ferns, bromeliads and tiny orchids. This is an adaptation to diminish the great amount of water received on this forest type. A vegetation study on this type of forest reveals the existence of around 97 plant species. Five of these 97 species are considered main species.
These five are: Némoca (native), Roble de Sierra (endemic), Limoncillo (endemic), Guayabota (endemic) and Camasey (endemic). Almost 40% of the Cloud forest is endemic (found only in a specific place) to Puerto Rico and at least 28 species of plants are endemic to this forest.
The The Cloud Forest at El Yunque is a unique, marvelous and mysterious place. Lets conserve the beauty of this forest, visit and observe its marvels and characteristics that make it unique. Relate to its biological components, appreciate its weather conditions and contemplate its scenic beauty. It is an unforgettable adventure to be able to see up close all that the forest has to offer, but better still, be able to feel proud to have it so close and under good guardianship.
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