When we went to El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, I was amazed. It is high on a mountain in the western part of Puerto Rico. It was the first real rainforest I’ve ever been in. It was lush and beautiful and full of life. Some days it is humid and inside a cloud, so it is also called a cloud forest. When we went, it wasn’t very humid.
We drove partway up the mountain before parking and walking the rest of the way up. It was a two mile walk to the observation tower, so we still got sweaty. The first part of the hike was alongside a small creek. It was so peaceful under the tall trees. By the creek I saw a Puerto Rican Tody. It is a small green bird, the size of a hummingbird, with a red throat.
The trail zig-zagged back and forth up the mountain. When we arrived at the top, there was a circular stone tower. It looked like a building from the Middle Ages, with battlements on top. We climbed a spiral staircase. The view was breathtaking. It was a clear day, and we could see the mountains around us, blanketed by vegetation. We could see the ocean and the islands, the cities and the mountains. As we took in the view, a sharp-shinned hawk lazily cruised by. The cool breeze ended our suffering. If you are ever in Puerto Rico, go to the Mt. Britton observation tower.