One minute of jungle sounds from a hammock in the Amazon

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan is beautiful! The people are so friendly. The beaches are gorgeous and the food is delicious.

We had an amazing day today. We really wanted to get out of San Juan for just one day on our short trip here, so we decided that El Yunque National Forest would be our destination.

We didn’t want to deal with the hassle of renting a car in a place known for not following road rules (we had our fill of that in Costa Rica)! So we hired a guide who took us to a market and then into the forests.

It was an adventure! We waded though streams and crossed slippery rocks and climbed up muddy trails before jumping into a pool at the foot of a waterfall.

If we had been more adventurous, we could have tried the rope swings or natural water slides. But swimming in the cool, refreshing water below the fall was enough for us!

We stopped at a few beaches and had some empanadas and fresh juice on the way back.

It was a wonderful day. Our guide, Manuel, was super cool and knowledgeable and very helpful to me in getting through the tricky parts of the hike.

We went through Across Caribe and highly recommend it!!el-yunque-rainforest-tours/cppa

Sometimes it rains on your plans–especially in the rain forest :-)

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Well, it hasn’t done much but rain during our two night stay in the jungle, so all I’ve been doing is reading and eating pad thai – which is kind of nice, but I’ll be good and ready for a serious kayaking session if the rain ever stops!

During dinner, the power went out and we were told it probably wouldn’t come back on tonight. Fortunately, wifi came back on with the generator and I was able to download a book and a flashlight app (why doesn’t this come standard on the iPhone?) before heading back to my bungalow.

So, I have to say, walking to my bungalow – alone, in the dark, in the rain, through water to my shins, with the sounds of the jungle all around me – was kind of creepy! Thank goodness the hotel staff assured me if my room needed to be evacuated during the night, they would wake me up.

As I entered my bungalow bathroom to hose off my feet, and saw a cockroach scurry across the title floor, I just said, “eh, you’re the least of my worries” and promptly found my way under the mosquito netting to try and sleep a bit. Oh, if only mosquito netting kept out centipedes…

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand, 2013-June