The Taíno indians were the original inhabitants of Puerto Rico and considered the forest a holy place where the gods lived in the peaks of the mountains. This lush rain forest got its name from a Taíno spirit, Yuquiye, which means Forest of Clouds. El Yunque is home to tree-sized ferns, giant leaves and streams cascading into marvelous pools. The average temperature is 73F and rainfall is about 240 inches per year.
I have fond childhood memories of spending a week with my parents and three brothers in a cabin in El Yunque, hiking the trails and bathing in the cool cascade waters.