The Palm Forests of El Yunque

When hiking through mountains, the types of trees you see change as you pass through various elevation levels.  I’ve experienced this while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to some degree in Shenandoah National Park.  For example, at lower levels you see a lot of oak trees and once you climb above 4000 ft, you see more firs and spruces. 

On my recent trip to El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, I hiked through a palm forest.  Due to a lack of time, I wasn’t able to hike into the highest peaks of the rain forest.  Perhaps the canopy would contain much different trees, but I’ll have to find out the next time I return to El Yunque.  Since I had never hiked through a palm forest, it was interesting to see the palms, mosses, vines and tropical plants.  Mixed throughout were some very large trees as well.

The Palm Forests of El Yunque

The Palm Forests of El Yunque

I wanted to hike out of El Yunque with at least one image that captured the overall feeling of hiking through the palm forest.  I accomplished that with this photograph, which showcases moss covered pines, a lush forest floor and the overall intensely green ambiance of the rain forest.  Despite seeing a lack of wildlife that I mentioned in this post, this was a memorable hike that I’d recommend to all travelers.

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