Good Question about he rain forest. It sounds interesting. It shoudl be a 45 minute ride to get there but the summary does say for 45 minutes there is no A/C. Perhaps it takes longer than what some books say.
Anyone have an idea how long is takes to get there?
4 1/2 hours is a long time if you are mostly on a bus with no a/c.
We also don't arive with on the Legend until 3:00. (We are also on the Legend on July 18th as well.)
Any feedback from anyone what has taken carnival? Is this the best excursion? Do you still have time to see old san Juan after you get back?
Paul - you should respond in the Roll Call post for 7/18/04 Legend under the Carnival catergory - there are SO many of us going! I am traveling with a family of 15 - and we all range in age from 5- 70something!! (I'm 24) We are all from Westchester/Putnam Counties, NY. How about you?
I believe I will be taking this excursion with one other person (my cousin) - so if it is true about the no a/c for 4 1/2 hours - then I think we might have to find another excursion!!!! Oh well - let me know if you hear anything more please!! 10 days to go - WHOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!
~@~ MysteriousVxin ~@~
Sept. 5, 2004 - Norwegian Dawn
July 18, 2004 - Carnival Legend
Sept. 4, 2003 - RCCL - Serenade of the Sea
July 13, 2003 - RCCL - Nortic Empress
I hope this helps--
We booked our own travel prior to setting sail on the Destiny in June 2001.
One of thethings we did the morning we were due to board was go to the el Yunque National Forest. It is an awesome place. I felt like I was in Jurrassic park. I had preconceived notions about animals, parrots etc. You likely will see none. Rather a chirrping sound coming from the Coki frogs. They are only found in this rainforest. We chose an "easy trail" We were in our late 30's at the time, a son 10 years old. We chose a trail that would take us to an old look out tour (kinda a castle like on on a chess board that you climb up winding stairs to see a marvelous view. While the hiking is about 3 miles round trip if I recall I was SOOOO thankful I thought to bring a bottle of water in an insulated shoulder carrierier. The way to this castle thing is on a path of mulch, dirt, stones like flagstone etc. not too risky, but humid. We did not experience any rain but we arrived promptly at 6am when the national forest opened.
We rented a car and it is about one hour from the port. Once you leave the main highway and go into the national park it is a two lane paved winding road. When we were leaving many tour buses were making their trek up the inclines.
If at all possible I'd rent a car, not a bus. Renting it would put you ahead of the large tour groups etc. We had basicaly the whole trail to ourselves. We could take photos without others being in the background etc. We also were able to stop along the way back at designated "photo opportunilty spots = waterfalls". Be on the lookout for a small park ranger shack that sells souveniers by the waterfall they were great and unique. My son purchased beanie like frog that when squeezed sang like the coki's.
Yes, we liked the forest--dress for hot/humid, maybe a hat in case it does rain, and foot attire for inclines, possible slick rocks etc. Most of all bring water and a camera. I'd also manually add a flash to some pictures as the shade shadows people. It is nice to get a perspective-I have a photo of my son on the trail and the fern leaf is well over 12 feet high!
I have many photos from June 2001 on Destiny hope my post helps. Please email back, and I may need to ask you Destiny questions before our next trip we are planning for June/July 2005.
Suzy-- Carmel, IN