You have probably heard about the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico; after all, it is the only tropical rainforest on U.S. soil. But how much do you really know about this masterpiece of Mother Nature? To test your knowledge of the El Yunque National Forest, take this quiz—even if you don’t get very many questions correct, you will undoubtedly want to visit the El Yunque National Forest upon completion.
This stunning array of wildlife covers 28,000 acres in northeastern Puerto Rico (just south of the Bahia Beach Resort). That equates to almost 44 square miles, or 21,212 football fields.
While the El Yunque National Forest is home to 50 species of birds, 13 species of coqui frogs, and 8 species of lizards, there is only one mammal that is native to Puerto Rico and that is the bat. That being said, there are 11 species of them within the El Yunque National Forest.
Animals aren’t the only things in abundance in this rainforest; there are also over 240 species of trees. On top of that, the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico is home to 20 kinds of wild orchids and 50 varieties of ferns.
As you would expect, it rains a lot in a rainforest. In fact, it rains an average of four times per day. That equates to about 200 inches of rain each year, or 100 billion gallons of water. No wonder the El Yunque National Forest is home to so many gorgeous types of greenery.
If you are living in Puerto Rico, you have no shortage of waterfalls to visit. El Yunque National Forest contains 25 of them and five of them are accessible via hiking trails. There are also six rivers for your viewing pleasure.
With its spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, and stunning waterfalls, it’s clear that access to the El Yunque National Forest is a major benefit to living in Puerto Rico. Whether you are visiting Bahia Beach for vacation or you are planning on living in Puerto Rico as a full-time resident, the El Yunque National Forest is sure to be one of your favorite retreats. We are lucky to be its neighbor.
If you have any questions about the El Yunque National Forest, or you would like any information regarding things to do inside the park, one of our concierges at Bahia Beach Resort would be happy to help.