RE: Transportation from San Juan
I got some private answers from a PR resident so I'm posting them FYI
>The websites and Frommer's "Caribbean 2005" say it is about 28 miles from
Old San Juan (14 miles of that on an expressway) and takes about 45 minutes to
drive. Someone else has told me that it will take an hour and a half on twisty
ill marked roads to get there. Which is correct?
Answer: The only twisty road to El Yunque is once you get there and start going
uphill. The route to/from San Juan could not be more straight. It has many
stoplights, although, and that makes an otherwise short trip too long. Who told you about ill-marked roads is not right. It is very easy to follow its road signs.
>The Insight Guide to Caribbean Cruises says that this is normally a half day
organized tour including a photo stop at El Luquillo Beach, but that "it is a
relatively easy place to reach independently by taxi or even by bus." Is
there a good way to negotiate a taxi for a tour to El Yunque?
>If I take a taxi out there how will I get back or will I need to pay for the
taxi to wait? About how much will that cost?
Answer: What seems that guide does not tell is that tours must stop at the Portal del Yunque, which is a kind of visitor center. That will take even more time of your tour. You do not have to stop at the Portal if you go on your own. The portal is good if you want to enjoy El Yunque in a museum-type way.
A taxi is too expensive. You might want to rent a car instead. You can go
to El Yunque after 6:00 and manage to see something up to how dark it gets that
day. However, there will be no services and you will not be able to drive as
far up as you would in daylight.
>If I took the Rainforest Tour we wouldn't get back until after 6. Would the
Fort still be open?
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