Puerto Rico Day 3

Trip Start Jun 28, 2008
Trip End Jul 03, 2008

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Day 3:  Today was our travel day (mostly for me.  Tammy is quite happy to sit by the pool and soak in the sun but I get antsy).  I wanted to take in El Yunque (the rain forest of Puerto Rico) and Old San Juan. 

We rented a car (which was very reasonable) from Avis in the hotel for under $100.00.  After a brief breakfast at the coffee shop we took off.

El Yungue is less than 10 minutes from the resort and easy to find.  A road snakes up the side of the mountain and there are multiple places to pull off and take pictures.  There is a nature preserve building that is worth stopping at if nothing else for the clean bathrooms.  The rest is up to the riders.  There are a couple of waterfalls.  One is along the road and there is a pull off to view it.  One is a hike and a half to a waterfall (Mina) that on the sign says a 1/2 mile round trip but in actuallity is a pull for older folk such as us.  Once we got there the pool at the bottom was full of kids and tourists and resembled a 60's happening more than anything else.

The primary camera we were using was taking some funky photographs.  I have doctored them as well as I could in Photoshop but some may appear grainy.  We will be going to an older camera for the rest of the trip.  A shame really as the rain forest and San Juan are worth seeing.  I would recommend one day for each rather than both in a day as we tried.

Old San Juan is about a half our drive up the road but it is an easy drive.  It didn't take long to figure out the highway signs.  Park in a public parking lot.  It cost us $2.50 for about five hours.

We walked through old town and made our way to the Fort (Morro).  As I was walking in the front door they announced they were closing early to prepare for a dance that night.  I only got to see the fort from the outside so that was very disappointing. 

We hiked back to Plaza Colon and from there wound our way slowly shopping back to our car.  We found our way back to Highway 66 and back to the hotel.  Old San Juan is a wonderful place of blue cobblestones, narrow streets, and typical tourist shopping stores.  There is a Coach outlet and several high end jewelry stores but by and large all the kinds of stores you see when you island travel.  Most of the stuff is imported from the Honduras or Ecuador. 

Back at the hotel Tammy was quickly to bed while I set about editing the pictures.
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