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Great Places for Photography in PR: Eastern Region

Posted on 29 July 2010 by jose

To celebrate our island’s natural wonders, sights, and colorful culture, EyeTour has compiled the ‘Great Places for Photography in Puerto Rico’ post series. Throughout the series we will feature some of the most amazing spots for photography lovers, hidden places, and suggested photo routes found throughout the different regions of the island. Join us for our first look into Puerto Rico’s Eastern Region!

From El Yunque National Rain Forest to the small island municipalities of Culebra and Vieques, the eastern region of Puerto Rico counts with a great diversity of nature reserves and worldwide renowned beaches. Its proximity to the metropolitan area of San Juan makes the east of Puerto Rico a great destination for day trips and exploring the places that some people like to call paradise.

Culebra Island

The small Island of Culebra is a true paradise full of secluded beaches and the perfect destination for clear skies and the pursuit of nature and underwater photography.

Flamenco Beach: This majestic beach is one of Culebra’s most frequented by visitors. From the distance you can appreciate the perfect half moon shape of the shore and the blue accent of the clear water. If you’re looking for a panoramic  view of this beach you will need to do a long hike to the top of the mountain to the east of the beach.

Dáquiti:  This small bay area is a located at the entrance of the Ensenada Bay where a natural barrier of coral reefs sets the perfect spot for boats to anchor. To find this and more great views from land you have to venture to the southeastern side of the island passing by Club Seabourne hotel towards Punta Soldado Beach.

Municipality of Río Grande

El Yunque Rain Forest: Visit El Yunque and you can expect a great variety of photography opportunities, from wide views to the northern seashore, impressive waterfalls and rivers, to the vibrance of endemic plants and exotic birds. El portal del Yunque is an Information Center useful to plan your visit and gather information of the hiking trails and the diversity of routes available to the public. Situated in the entrance of the forest, visitors can enjoy the outstanding arquitecture of the Portal.

Maunabo

Located on the southeast region of Puerto Rico, Maunabo is a relatively small town with some great lonesome beaches.

View From El Faro Punta Tunas: The Punta Tunas beach offers a wide stretch of sand and can be photographed pretty well from the faro Punta Tunas.For access to the lighthouse you have to register (free of cost) at the administration office in the entrance.

Playa Punta Tunas: This beach has a spectacular view of the Lighthouse and a sandy shore. The access to the beach is through a small passage at the left of the entrance to the lighthouse.

Vieques

Fortín Conde Mirasol: Vieques has many natural wonders for visitors to enjoy but it is the Fortín Conde de Mirasol the perfect spot for a panoramic view of the Town Isabela Segunda

Arriving by Plane: If you’re arriving at Vieques on a charter flight it could be possible to take some amazing aerial shots of this small Island so have the camera on hand. Tip: You might even be able to clean the outside of your window before boarding the plane.

Vieques: Virgin beaches with immaculate white sand are spread throughout the Island. Wild horses are also a common sight.

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Help El Yunque Become a New 7 Wonders of Nature

Posted on 13 July 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!

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 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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