The only honest-to-goodness rainforest under the United States flag
is located in eastern Puerto Rico, mostly in the town of Rio Grande.
To get to it from San Juan, take Highway 26 east, and then exit onto
PR Interstate Road 3, and head east/south (you can also take Toll
Road 66 east, which is a faster way to get to Road 3, with a lot less
traffic lights.) Off of Road 3, turn right onto PR-191 (you will see
road signs directing you there, so it’s hard to miss). Once on PR-191,
follow the signs for El Yunque. You will go through a small neighbor-
hood and then you will notice you are driving increasingly uphill.
Before long, you will see the forest’s welcome sign, and then the
visitor’s center. The total drive from San Juan (if you take only Road
3, rather than Road 66 and Road 3) is about 30 miles, and will take
about an hour.
The forest is officially open from 7:30AM to 6:00 PM daily. It
doesn’t cost anything to get into the rainforest as such, and you can
enjoy the many hiking trails, streams and waterfalls at no cost. The
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