Soaking Wet in the Rainforest


In retrospect, it was perfect. We all spent a day in the El Yunque rainforest, where it rained, and rained, and rained. We should have expected that, right? And yet, not a single person in our tour group brought an umbrella or rain poncho.

Our tour guide, Jose, looked at us with cheerful exasperation. “I will see if I can make a miracle happen.”

He stepped off the mini-bus and pretended to plead with the sky. When that didn’t work, he boarded the bus and said he’d try something else. He opened a storage compartment and pulled out a dozen cheap rain ponchos. A miracle, indeed.

Other tour groups were not as lucky. They didn't get rain ponchos.

Other tour groups were not as lucky. They didn’t get rain ponchos.

The rain did not diminish the beauty of the only tropical rainforest on American soil. Nor did it detract from the fun that my husband and daughter had ziplining through the trees.
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In hindsight, I can’t help but wonder whether a sunny day wouldn’t have ruined the effect? It seems so fitting that it rained in the rainforest, don’t you think?

Would you let a little rain dampen your fun?


12 responses to “Soaking Wet in the Rainforest

    • There are a couple of independent companies. They are still very protective of the preservation effort. It is a vast forest, so I’m sure we only saw small bits of it. Unfortunately, because it was raining so hard for most of the day, we didn’t get to see the Coqui frogs they’re famous for.

  1. I imagine rain would appear much more magical in the rainforest than in the city. At least you’re surrounded by beautiful greenery as opposed to gray, wet concrete. Glad your tour guide knew how to work miracles. 😉

  2. It’s a shame it was cold rain 😦 Warm rain would definitely be fun in the forest though (although perhaps less so when ziplining?). Looks like you all made the best of it though!

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