• El Yunque National Forest Photograpy Location

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    El Yunge National Forest

El Yunque National Forest Photography Hot Spot

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Luquillo National Forest and the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System. The forest is commonly known as El Yunque, which may be attributed to either a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taíno word yu-ke, which means “white lands,” or the word “anvil,” which is Yunque in Spanish. The second-tallest mountain within El Yunque is also named El Yunque. El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest, rises 3,494 ft above sea level. Ample rainfall (over 200 inches a year in some areas) creates a jungle-like setting — lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has several trails from which the jungle-like territory’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.

Bring your rain sleeve, tripod, and neutral density filters. There is a lot of moving waters here to get some excellent long exposure with the milky waters. Stay at Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn and also do sunrise photography on the beach!!

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There are a gift shop and a visitor center to go to before you head into the forest. You can get a map, watch a movie and get all of your questions answered. It is $4.00 to enter.

The Yokahú Tower is one of the two observation towers located in the park. Constructed in 1963, it is widely considered the better of the two concerning the view offered. The other tower, Mount Britton Tower, is situated at a higher altitude. Owing to this, the view from it is frequently obscured by cloud cover. When it comes to convenience, Yokahú Tower again has an advantage over the Mount Britton Tower. Yokahú Tower has a parking lot nearby, whereas the Britton Tower is in the middle of the forest.

There will be some stops along the way for food. Check out our food section below for some info.

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El Yunge National Forest

Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn

Fabulous price. Fabulous Service. Stay here! See Info Below.

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Visitors Center – You can watch a movie here.

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The gift shop has some neat things.

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A short distance up the steps and you come to this very interesting location.

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Photography Information

Lens:  Bring your wide-angle. We didn’t see much wildlife at all at this location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, shutter release, wide-angle and rain sleeve just in case.

When to Go: Any time of year. It is a tourist location, so midweek is best off season. Summer can be sweltering of course.

Shutter Speed – Find out more about how to shoot in shutter priority. This is used mainly for moving subjects when you need to avoid motion blur.

Aperture – Shooting in aperture priority allows you to focus on your depth of field. It is used chiefly for still subjects.

ISO – This controls how much light is let into your camera when exposing your picture.

White Balance – Color temperature. Cloud, shade, sun, and also custom settings.

Hotel Information: Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn

“It has a great location for photography of the sunrise on the beach, El Yunque National Forest, and local culture.” We also did some night photography in front of the Inn.  We really cannot say enough great things about it. We had the cottage in the back—Oceanfront hotel with easy access to bio-bays, ferries, rain-forest, and local food kiosks. The open terrace overlooking the Luquillo Beach hosts free-hot-breakfast and a hammock for relaxation. You can walk down to the nearby beach for snorkeling or drive down to nearby kiosks for local delicacies.

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Area Information ♦ Hotels ♦ Restaurants ♦ Camping ♦ Weather

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AREA

INFORMATION

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Entrance Fees: El Yunque National Forest – There are no entrance fees to the park. If you would like to visit the visitors center, there is a $4.00 fee to enter.

The best hotels while doing photography

HOTEL

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CAMPING

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Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your campground to stay during their ghost-hunting trip? Put your campground information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and your information on your campground to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are good at getting there in the dark.

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FOOD & DINING

FOOD & DINING

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Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost-hunting trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and your information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you.

Would you like to be a featured restaurant like in this article? If so, please send us an email.  You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.

We stopped here while at El Yunque National Forest. No one acknowledged us. No one looked us in the eye. No one cared that we were starving. No one helped us, so we left. It is also expensive. This is right next to the parking lot for the main waterfall trail.

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Do Not Go Here.

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Eat here. La Muralla – El Yunque National Forest

WEATHER

 WEATHER?

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Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!

Go to our Photography Store after reading all about waterfall photography or neutral density filters.

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