Category Archives: Nature

el yunque rain forest

El Yunque National Rainforest

What do beautiful vistas, rushing streams, green ferns, colorful orchids, millions of tiny Coquí frogs, and striking waterfalls have in common? They can all be found at the El Yunque tropical rainforest. Nestled on the eastern side of the Luquillo Mountains, El Yunque covers nearly 29,000 acres and reaches elevations of more than 3,500 ft.  The average year-round temperature is a pleasant 73° F, making any day a good day to visit. It is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Park System and,…

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The Puerto Rican Parrot

Here in Luquillo we have one of the world’s most endangered birds – The Puerto Rican Parrot. Called “Iguaca” by the Taino Indians, these beautiful birds with their green and blue feathers and distinctive red spot used to darken the skies when the Spanish first arrived in Puerto Rico. However, following centuries of poaching and habitat destruction culminating with  Hurricane Hugo in 1989, there were only about 22 individual parrots left in the wild. But, thanks to conservation efforts, they’re making a slow but steady comeback and it’s…

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Jellyfish season in Luquillo

Jellyfish Season In Luquillo

Jellyfish are those pesky little things that can ruin your ocean swimming experience. We often get asked: when is the jellyfish season in Puerto Rico? That is a tricky question because jellyfish are in the ocean year-round but there are certain times of the year when they are more prevalent. So, here is the rundown on Jellyfish: What are Jellyfish? Jellyfish are gelatinous, free-swimming marine animals. Their bodies are made of an “umbrella-shaped bell” and trailing tentacles. The bell (body) vibrates to allow jellyfish to move…

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Coquí Frog

Puerto Rico’s Coquí Frog

Puerto Rico’s Unofficial Mascot – The Coqui Frog “Coquí is the popular name given to a genus of frogs (Eleutherodactylus) endemic to the island of Puerto Rico. They are a genus of frog that do not go through metamorphosis or have webbed feet. In our island, 17 different species of Eleutherodactylus (coqui), live in the island, and only the males of the Common Coqui and the Mountain Coqui species, sing co-qui!” – says Melissa Rosario of Luquillo Puerto Rico. A Coquí is a tiny tree…

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