As part of another cultural experience, the colleagues enjoyed a hike through the national rainforest. El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest is located in the rugged Sierra de Luquillo, 40 km southeast of San Juan (latitude 18’19″N, longitude 65’45″W). It is the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. Originally set aside in 1876 by the Spanish Crown, the Forest represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. With over 240 species (26 species are found nowhere else) of trees and plants, give reason to the government of Puerto Rico to spend a great deal of moneymaking to preserve floral species and animals that are on the verge of extinction. The total area is 11,270 ha (75% of Puerto Rico virgin forest is here).- http://
On this specific tour the colleagues engaged nature, each other, and a group of hearing-impaired tourists visiting the island for a convention. The team also enjoyed several moments for quiet reflection surrounding by God’s beautiful creation.