– Ecology and Nature in Luquillo Puerto Rico –
Whether you are simply an observer, a photographer, or an active eco volunteer, there is no better place in Puerto Rico for nature lovers to enjoy the amazing diversity of island wildlife than Luquillo. The town of Luquillo is nestled between the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the incredibly lush El Yunque National Rainforest.
This seaside town is located in an extraordinarily diverse geographic area: ocean, coast, mountains, rainforest, and cloud forest. All in a total area of only about 33 square miles.
Luquillo is part of the Northeastern Ecological Corridor which covers 2,969 acres of diverse habitats (like forests, wetlands, beaches, and coral communities) running from the La Pared Beach in Luquillo, all the way to Fajardo. It protects many species of endangered marine life, including the elusive – Leatherback Turtle. Luquillo is a prime nesting area for these enormous, gentle, beautiful, and endangered creatures.
The El Yunque Rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Park System. It is home to over 220 species of trees and over 70 species of orchids, not to mention several endangered (meaning they can become extinct at any time) species, including the Puerto Rican Boa, Puerto Rican Parrot, and Puerto Rican Broad-winged Hawk. El Yunque adjoins Luquillo to the west.
With the rainforest to the west and the coast to the east, you can observe a large number of endangered species in Luquillo and surrounding area. The unbelievably rare Puerto Rican Parrot makes its home in the El Yunque Rainforest and can be seen in the mountain areas of Luquillo. It is an extremely endangered species and one of the rarest birds in the world, yet it can be seen here in Luquillo.
Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Luquillo’s beaches and are also classified as critically endangered, along with the Hawksbill Sea Turtles. All in all, there are 54 species considered rare, endangered, endemic, or threatened in the Luquillo area.
In addition, the number and diversity of frogs, lizards, and insects native to this part of Puerto Rico will astound any visitor or wildlife enthusiast.
Come see how beautifully diverse Luquillo and its surrounding area is and, if you’re so inclined, volunteer to help keep our nature safe.
Ways To Get Involved:
After reading this overview, you may be thinking: OK, OK, I’m convinced, but how can I get involved?
As a nature-lover, there are many ways you can get involved, from spreading the word about our town and area, to taking pictures and showing them to others, to participating in organized volunteer efforts at the rainforest. Contact El Yunque Rain Forest, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA in Spanish) or Sierra Club Puerto Rico for more information.