|Old San Juan, Puerto Rico|
El Yunque National Forest - the only tropical rain forest in the entire U.S. National Forest system. It's 28,000 acres includes many trails, waterfalls, plants and wildlife, and is host to about a million visitors a year. It's at least an hour from San Juan and we're not planning on renting a car, so if we were to go it would likely be as part of one of the many adventure groups that take tourists there, often combining a trip to waterfalls with other activities like zip-lining, as part of a package that costs around $50 to $60 per person.
|trail in El Yunque|
|Pinones food stands|
|Pinones beach, Puerto Rico|
With only four nights in Old San Juan we'll have to weigh our options. Maybe once we get there we'll find a guide who can take us to El Yunque for a good price where we can just do a hike and skip all the other group activity stuff. Nature is best experienced in solitude. The model we've adopted in recent years is to just stay in one main area and see what we can on foot or via a short taxi ride. This has made for some relaxing, chilled-out vacations and that is all I am looking for nowadays.