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This view was our reward for walking to the top of El Yunque (3500 feet above sea level), through this magnificent tropical forest. So, really, the walk itself was a delight.

Unfortunately, we didn't see or hear the "cotorra", this parrot unique to Puerto-Rico, in danger of extinction and that can only be seen in the forest of El Yunque, nowadays.

We did hear the "coquis" though, hundreds of them, or so it seemed. This is the mascot of the island : it's a tiny little frog. There are several specially Puerto-rican species, but only 2 of them sing this very special song: "coqui, coqui, co" for a good part of the night.
One Puerto-Rican told me that he couldn't go to sleep without that song. However, a tourist once asked the administration of his hotel if they couldn't turn down the sound :-)

"This place is the favored home of the TAINOS' protective spirit YUKIYU. The Tainos are the native people of the island. There are very few left in the Yunque region.
However,the colonial Spaniards corrupted the name to EL YUNQUE, meaning "the anvil", a fair description of the peak, when viewed from the North." (quote from the Lonely Planet guide book)
It covers 43 sq miles, and includes 3/4 of the island's remaining virgin forest. Some trees date back a thousand years, and it's a United Nations Biosphere reserve.

12 Feb 07: I have posted a WS with saturated colors.

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