viernes, 12 de abril de 2024

IPW 2024


Travellers to Puerto Rico are unlikely to leave the tropical Island without paying a visit to El Yunque National Forest, a lush, 11,735 hectares protected area just an hour's drive from San Juan, and the Island's primary nature attraction. El Yunque is the only rainforest in the US national forest system and draws approximately 1.2 million visits a year. Visitors marvel at the territory's stunning waterfalls, hiking trails, over 250 animal species and 240 native tree species. As of November 2023, guests checking into resorts in the El Yunque area have been given the option of including a $1 nightly donation to conserve El Yunque. The funds will go to trusted NGO Fundación Amigos del Yunque, which runs the rainforest's programmes for community development and conservation. El Yunque accounts for 20% of the Island's water and helps absorb impact from major storms. It also regulates climate conditions, which is important to the health of coral reefs because they are sensitive to changes in sea temperature.

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