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El Yunque (Puerto Rico)

This article refers to the mountain. For information on the national forest, see El Yunque National Forest.
Pico El Yunque
Pico El Yunque.jpg
El Yunque peak
Highest point
Elevation1,080 m (3,540 ft)
Coordinates18°18′38″N 65°47′29″W / 18.31056°N 65.79139°W / 18.31056; -65.79139
Pico El Yunque is located in Puerto Rico
Pico El Yunque
Pico El Yunque
Parent rangeSierra de Luquillo
Easiest routeHike

Pico El Yunque or El Yunque Peak is a mountain that is located fully within the boundaries of the El Yunque National Forest, part of the U.S. Forest Service, which is the only tropical rainforest that belongs to the U.S. Forest Service. The peak itself is one of the highest in Puerto Rico, standing at 1,080 meters (3543 feet) above sea level. The peak is nearly always covered in thin mist and, due to its high humidity, a quick shower develops during some afternoon. " El Yunque" is the biggest rainforest in the Caribbean. As part of El Yunque there are a few rivers like El Espiritu Santo . It takes almost 4 and a half hours walking to get from Minas Falls to " El Pico ".

Morning mist in El Yunque rainforest by El Yunque peak

Its name is Spanish for "The Anvil".

Neighboring Peaks

  • Cerro de Punta (1,338 m 4,390 ft)
  • Toro Negro (1,074 m 3533 ft)
  • Pico Del Oeste (1,056m (3,446 ft)
  • El Cacique (1,020m 3,346 ft)
  • Mount Briton (937m 3,075 ft)
  • La Mina de Pantalones (931m 3,055 ft)


El Yunque view from Yokahu Tower on a clear day

El Yunque is classified as having a tropical monsoon climate, which is rare and tends to see less variance in temperatures during the course of the year than a tropical savanna climate (From 70° to 80° Fahrenheit)[1]. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Am" (Tropical Monsoon Climate).[2] The area can receive 120 inches to over 240 inches (3048mm to 6096mm ) of rainfall every year.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "PUERTO RICO TROPICAL RAINFOREST FACTS". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  2. ^ Climate Summary for closest location on record
  3. ^ "Naguabo, Puerto Rico". Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ "El Yunque, Puerto Rico". Retrieved 2018-10-30.