Our favorite trail, the El Toro trail, has been cleared of all the hurricane Maria debris. The trail is in better hiking condition than it was before hurricane Maria! The El Toro Trail connects to the Tradewinds trail making it the longest trail in El Yunque.
The El Toro trail is not just our favourite because it's so close to the Rainforest Inn. We also love how high it goes and the cool air you experience up there, El Toro is the highest peak in the El Yunque National forest. You will, literally, be hiking in the clouds. This is the famous "cloud forest" or "dwarf forest" of El Yunque.
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Take your time and look at the unusual dwarf trees. Admire the bromeliads, many epiphytes, mosses and orchids. Prolific nature is all around you.
As you hike up El Toro Trail you will notice, very quickly, that the change in altitude brings refreshing cool crisp air. The trail used to be very muddy before hurricane Maria because the canopy covered most of the trail but now it is dryer because it is exposed to sunlight.
We are a little reluctant to reveal this but there are secret raspberry bushes on the El Toro peak. The berries are succulent and delicious, especially after the long hike.
The real reward is the amazing view from the top of El Toro when you reach the trail's end.