Help El Yunque Become a New 7 Wonders of Nature

Posted on 13 March 2009 by EyeFred

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest – one of the island’s most visited sites and a treasure trove of natural wonders – has qualified along with 260 other sites around the world to move into the second round of the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign.  Following the success of The Official New 7 Wonders of the World campaign, which revealed the results of 100 million votes and included The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal as its winners, the New7Wonders Foundation has begun tallying votes for the world’s most cherished nature sites in hopes of promoting preservation and responsible tourism.

Now officially on its second phase, the campaign is looking to whittle down the selection to the top 77 locales as voted by people through its website.  We think that El Yunque deserves the recognition and we want you to help us by voting for it.  If you’ve already visited the forest, then you don’t need us to tell you about its ecological and scientific significance, about the breathtaking vistas or the rich biodiversity on display.

Here’s a video we produced on how to vote:

However, if you’ve never been to El Yunque National Forest – Don’t worry! EyeTour has you covered. Below you will find information about the forest and its award-winning tourist information center, El Portal.  Click on the pictures or links to watch videos for both sites and learn more about what makes El Yunque unique and worthy of being named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.  Oh, and don’t forget to vote afterwards!

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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest is located in

the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains, about 25 miles east of the San Juan area. A short ten-minute drive through the village of Palmer in Río Grande and up PR Road #191 will lead you to El Yunque. Covering over 28,000 acres of land, the forest derives its name from the Taíno word “Yuké” – meaning sacred or white lands. From its peaks, it offers visitors some of the most breathtaking vistas found in the Caribbean. Temperatures range from almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the lower parts of the forest to a cool 65 degrees in areas closer to 3,300 feet above sea level.

El Yunque’s biodiversity makes it unique among other forests in the United States National Forest System. Frequent rain showers generate close to 100 billion gallons of rainwater a year and conspire with Puerto Rico’s warm tropical climate to accommodate over 240 species of native trees, 50 species of orchids, and 150 species of ferns. Almost a third of the tree species are native to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 10 percent of them are endemic to El Yunque and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The forest’s animal life is dominated by reptiles, amphibians, and birds, including the endangered ‘Higuaca’ or Puerto Rican Parrot. The forest attracts over a million visitors each year, who come to hike its more than 13 miles of trails while enjoying the lush scenery and fresh mountain air. Guided tours of these trails are available through the USDA Forest Service’s innovative “Forest Adventure Tours” and “Rent-A-Ranger” programs.

The core of El Yunque National Forest remains largely untouched to this day and has proven to be an exceptional asset to the world’s scientific community. It not only serves as a leading research site for numerous studies, but also provides a unique window to the past, when the original forest covered Puerto Rico cialis canada pharmacy in its entirety. VIEW VIDEO


El Portal Rain Forest Center

El Portal Rain Forest Center was established in 1996 to serve as a gateway into El Yunque National Forest and to provide various recreational and educational opportunities to the general public. Its award-winning design by local architecture firm Sierra Cardona y Ferrer leads visitors across an elevated walkway and into a rain forest introduction area and three pavilions. The pavilions are located on the building’s upper level and offer an opportunity to learn more about El Yunque and its relationship with other tropical rain forests in the world through exhibits and interactive displays. The unique structure also houses an information desk staffed with knowledgeable USDA Forest Service personnel, a theater that regularly screens a short film on El Yunque, and a book store-gift shop. El Portal Rain Forest Center is available for rent after regular operating hours and offers special events such as the ‘Noches de Artes y Música,’ presented on the last Friday of each month.  VIEW VIDEO

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48 Comments For This Post

  1. pedro Says:

    I vote yes to El Yunque to become one of the wonders of the world.

  2. Luz Algarín Says:

    Yes, I vote for El Yunque to become one of the wonders of nature of the world. I have visited the north of Spain and its Picos de Europa can never be compared to El Yunque. El Yunque can only be compared with Brazil’s jungle! ¡Ver para creer!

    Luz Algarín

  3. Mirta Torres Says:

    Yes – It should be one of the seven wonders of the World – The sight takes your breath away and the views are amazing!

  4. Wanda Liz Says:

    El Yunque the 7th Wonder of the World and its ours. Vote for them

  5. Maria Maldonado Says:

    It is a magic place, the mountain seems to embrace all your senses and it
    feels like that you are living in a very diferent world. Peace, green and all kind of plants with beautiful colors atracts to a place that once you go there you dont want to leave. It is a treasure of a forest. Something to share with the world as a big legacy to the new generations.

  6. Maria Maldonado Says:

    My vote to El Yunque. Is a magic place.

  7. virgen ortiz Says:

    el yunque es nuestro pulmon.
    se respira aire puro y sentirse parte de la naturaleza es maravilloso.
    un dia en el yunque s una terapia.
    sales de alli renovado, ven y disfrutalo, no te vas a arrepentir.

  8. jacqeline matos Says:

    yo boto por el yunque

  9. David Lozada Says:

    I did my own video trying to help a little bit

  10. Vanessa Sotomayor Says:

    El Yunque is the wonderful place of the world for the very endangered species.Vote for El Yunque.

  11. Lydia Molina Says:

    El Yunque National Forest is a beautiful place. It is wonderful.
    Please everybody vote.

  12. Sage Monta Says:

    i vote yesss!!its a beautiful beautiful place and it deserves to be one of the seven wonders…

  13. Sage Monta Says:

    yo boto por el yunque.!

  14. HAYDEE LOPEZ Says:

    EL YUNQUE FORMA PARTE D NUESTRA MARAVILLOSA NATURALEZA PUERTORRIQUEÑA
    YOP VOTO POR EL YUNQUE.

  15. Jose M Collazo Says:

    Yo voto por el Yunque

  16. rosin salgado Says:

    yo voto por el yunque.no hay duda que es un encanto de la naturaleza.debe ser considerado como una de las 7 maravillas de la naturaleza

  17. Maritza Medrano Says:

    I vote yes for El Yunque to become one of the wonders of the world, it’s beautiful and nothing else can compare to it!!

  18. nelson ayala Says:

    I believe EL Yunque should become one of the wonder of the world.I would vote yes.I have been to many countrys,but this place is something very special its so beautiful.its a key from the pasts that could help us in the future.

  19. Angel Soto Says:

    Este próximo sábado 1 de agosto un grupo de fotógrafos profesionales estaremos visitando el Yunque para documentar en fotografías las bellezas de este bosque. Las fotos las vamos a tener en una sección dedicada al Yunque dentro del portal http://www.photoboricua.com. Vamos a enseñarle al mundo que El Yunque ES una de las grandes maravillas del Mundo…

  20. HECTOR RIVERA Says:

    COMO PURO PUERTORRIQUEÑO, YO APOYO LA IDEA DE QUE EL YUNQUE SEA NOMINADO PARA ESTE IMPORTANTE EVENTO Y QUE PUEDA SER UNAS DE LAS MARAVILLAS DEL MUNDO.

    PA’ ALANTE EL YUNQUE!

  21. Luz Says:

    Beautiful and virgin Rain Forest. It has to be named one of the wonders of the world because it’s already WONDER-FUL.

  22. Luz Saavedra Says:

    Beautiful and virgin Rain Forest. It has to be named one of the wonders of the world because it’s already WONDER-FUL.

  23. JENNIFER M Says:

    YES IT SHOULD BE ONE OF 7TH WONDER OF THE WORLD…

  24. Carmen Cruz Says:

    Yo vote por…. EL YUNQUE.. HAZLO TU TAMBIEN…Vamos a sentirnos orgullosos de nuestra hermosa *****ISLA DE PUERTO RICO.. QUE EL MUNDO CONOZCA TODAS NUESTRAS BELLEZAS NATURALES.. VOTA BORICUA NO LO DEJES PARA LUEGO…

  25. priscilla Says:

    i vote for el yunque to be one of the seven wonders of the world. it is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. the scenery is absolutely spectacular.i vote YES YES YES and more yes.as a fellow puerto rican i feel proud to call one of our locations(el yunque) one of the most prized places.

  26. anibal Rodriguez Says:

    Yo voto por el Yunque por que es una de las cosas mas puras que aun quedan, tiene una fauna singular y un bosque exclusivo. Ademas esta en una Isla paradisiaca mi Bello Puerto Rico!

  27. Idalia Rodriguez Says:

    Yo voto a que el Yunque sea un de las 7 maravillas por que es precioso su verdura realza el alma y el espiritu, visitar el yunque fue una expiencia increible su quietud y su majestuosidad es impresionante. Aunque no soy puertorriquena El yunque me conquisto, desde entonces lo AMO!

  28. Evaristo Rivera Says:

    Yo voto por el Yunque para que sea una de las 7 maravillas del mundo, porque verdad es un sitio donde lo que se ve es unico. la fauna que tiene es exclusiva y impresionante. Yo siempre he llevado mi familia y amistades, cuando estan de visita en P.R. a el Yunque y todos ellos quedan impresionados con lo hermoso que es nuestro Yunque. Gracias.

  29. Carmen Says:

    Definitavimante voto por el Yunque

  30. Iris Sánchez Says:

    El Yunque IS the 7th Wonder of the World period!

  31. Lise Schulz Says:

    It’s one of the most beautiful places I have seen, do vote for it.

  32. EDWin Says:

    otro voto mas que viva puerto rico

  33. Ramon Lamberty Says:

    The yunque is a Wonder that can’t be match for nothing else, and how do i vote for it? el Yunque es una maravilla que no se puede comparar con otra cosa y tiene mi voto; y como voto para ello por que no puedo por ahora bajar el video.

  34. EyeFred Says:

    Saludos y gracias por escribirnos – para votar por El Yunque debes visitar la página new7wonders.com y allí encontrás las instrucciones para hacerlo. Tenemos que hacer de El Yunque una de las 7 maravillas naturales del mundo!

  35. FIOL AGUILO MURPHY Says:

    I REMEMBER GOING TO EL YUNQUE WITH MY DAD, HE WAS A SCOUTMASTER FROM MANATI,P.R. TROOP 57. LONG TIME AGO, WE USE TO GO SWIMMING AT THE POOL. THE WATER WAS SO COLD, BUT WHAT AN EXPIRIENCE. YES, I VOTE FOR EL YUNQUE TO BE ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

  36. Marite Lucero Says:

    I vote yes! It’s beautiful! Muy, muy bonita!

  37. Norma E. Hernandez Says:

    El Yunque – It’s Magical!

  38. tps Says:

    It is a magic place, the mountain seems to embrace all your senses and it
    feels like that you are living in a very diferent world. Peace, green and all kind of plants with beautiful colors atracts to a place that once you go there you dont want to leave. It is a treasure of a forest. Something to share with the world as a big legacy to the new generations.

  39. Johnny Says:

    I have been to PR many times and had no idea about this place. I must go see it for myself when I am there next month. Thank You!

  40. Jessie Says:

    I already voted for El Yunque. It is the most unique place in the world. The minute you drive thru; you feel an energy shift that is unexplainable. You feel free and young. It is an absolutely magical place were nature and man coexist peaceful. I will never forget this place.

  41. Cilla Says:

    I have had the pleasure of visiting El Yunque when I was younger. Did it make the list in the end – I hope so, It is one of the most magical places I have had the pleasure of going.

  42. Wanda Says:

    Puerto Rico is a beautiful place and the El Yunque is a breath taking place. I give my vote

  43. Wanda Says:

    I advice the tourist to come and visit. You can have a wonderful vacation at the EL Yunque.

  44. Awilda Rivera Torres Says:

    Yo voto por el yunque por todas y las tantas leyendas e historias que existen sobre este magico lugar.

  45. nanita diaz Says:

    yo voto a que el yunque sea una de las 7 maravillas

  46. Rosa Says:

    I vote for YUNQUE to be 1 of the 7 wonders of the world… (Yo voto por el YUNQUE para que sea 1 de las 7 maravillas del mundo…)

  47. Laurie Says:

    We just came back from Puerto Rico and had the pleasure of visiting El Yunque! It truly is a Natural Wonder! It gets my vote and my families! Good luck El Yunque!!!

  48. Rosaura Says:

    El Yunque is a wonder!!

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