El Yunque Reborn

El Yunque

El Yunque National Forest is a 29,000 acre tropical rain forest in the northeast part of Puerto Rico. It is part of the national forest system.

In September of 2017, when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it stripped the leaves off of the trees in El Yunque. One of every ten trees died. The landscape was left brown and barrren.

No longer. Less then two years later, El Yunque is once again lush and green. While some parts of the rain forest are still off limits to the public while they regenerate, many of El Yunque’s most popular sections are once again open to visitors. It is a living testament to nature’s resiliency.

El Yunque
Coca Falls
Coca Falls
El Yunque
Rain in the rain forest.

Yokahu Tower, elevation 1,575 feet

Angelito Trail

Rio Mameyes

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9 Responses to El Yunque Reborn

  1. Wonderful , thanks for some positivity about nature

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  2. Donna Janke says:

    Glad to hear the rain forest is making a comeback. El Yunque certainly looks lush and green. I have never been to Puerto Rico but have plans to visit in 2020. Not sure I will make it to this part of the island.

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  3. I’m really glad to see that the El Yunque rain forest is regenerating so quickly. I hope the Amazon jungle will be able to make a rapid recovery as well. I’ve only ever visited San Juan in Puerto Rico. Next time, I will make an effort to explore farther afield. Thanks for sharing this suggestion. While your narrative is informative, your photos are worth a thousand words.

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  4. Lyn Douglas says:

    Mother nature never ceases to amaze me. Lovely story

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  5. Henry Lewis says:

    Ho wonderful that in only 2 years much of the forest has regenerated to this degree. I remember seeing many of the devastating photos of barren trees in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Nature is amazing if we leave her alone to do her work.

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  6. Pam Lazos says:

    Without us holding her back, nature has limitless regeneration ability! Beautiful photos, Ken!

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  7. nature returns to normal much faster than the human infrastructure

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  8. bballscholar says:

    Beautiful photos !

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