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El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico: Hiking La Mina Trail and Waterfall

La Mina Falls, El Yunque Forest, Puerto Rico

 

Puerto Rico is a must-visit country for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that it has the only tropical rain forest in the entire United States National Forest system. 

 

El Yunque National Forest delves through the mountains on the eastern end of the island, it’s quite tall and you can drive for a while on the windy mountain roads and find lots of different areas and viewpoints to stop at. The place is truly tropical, there is an abundance of greenery, wildlife, rivers and waterfalls, and insects. The scenery is amazing, unlike anything you’ll see here in the states.  We took a walking tour through El Yunque rain forest on La Mina Falls Trail, it was amazing!

 

La Mina Trailhead and Waterfall, Puerto Rico

 

La Mina Trailhead and Waterfall is one of the many hiking trails on the mountain. You walk down, down, down until you meet a waterfall, take a swim, and hike your way back up the steep trail to the top. Our tour guide told us that it was one of the easier trails, and it took an hour and a half to complete, swimming in the fresh waterfall for 20-30 minutes. There were so many neat things to see on the trail. 

 

This was the beginning of the trail. The lush greenery is stunning!

 

La Mina Falls trail, Puerto Rico rainforest

 

 

This large, fallen leaf was sitting off to the side of the trail. I was surprised at how big it was, and to see all of the details on it. It was the size of about four of my hands put together, two on top and two on the bottom. Can you imagine what the living ones on the trees above looked like?

 

Huge fallen leaf in El Yunque Forest

 

Some more of the sights as we head down the trail… We found some big boulders, it looked like a great photo opp!

 

Hiking La Mina Falls trail in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

 

I liked these stairs, they were in the middle of the trail.

 

 

Stairway to nowhere. This is in Puerto Rico, El Yunque Rainforest, La Mina Falls Trail

 

 

This picnic shelter had bbq’s in it, apparently the locals hike down here often for some family fun. We saw a bunch of people swimming in the small streams on our way down.

 

Picnic Shelter on La Mina trailhead, Puerto Rico

 

Crossing the bridge…

 

Crossing the bridge in El Yunque Rainforest

 

 

Alas, we made it! La Mina Waterfall!

 

La Mina Falls, El Yunque Forest, Puerto Rico

 

Plenty of people sit among the rocks, this is the spot! It took us about 30 minutes to get down here. This water is so refreshing and cool, I took a dip and sat right underneath the splashing water. Tons of kids and adults were doing the same!

 

Family Travel in Puerto Rico, Lots of people enjoying La Mina Waterfall

 

 

After a Puerto Rican swim, we hiked back up the mountain. Trust me when I say that it was tiring, if this is the easiest, I don’t even want to know what the other trails are like! Even though our legs were burning once we reached the top, it was worth it. Isn’t that what hiking is all about?

 

You must travel to Puerto Rico and visit El Yunque Forest and swim in La Mina Waterfall! It’s amazing, there are many more tours here. I’ll be looking for zip lining next time!

 

Have you ever swam in a natural waterfall?

 

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