When my friends and I started emailing each other about things to do in Puerto Rico, El Yunque Rainforest came up and initially I said yes without hesitation. Then about 2 days before we arrived, it actually hit me that rainforest would most likely translate to snakes, bugs, spiders, frogs, mosquitoes, and other wildlife I’ve never been wild about. Anxiety started setting in because I REALLY don’t do well with buglife, snakelife, froglife, etc. I didn’t want to be a killjoy and not go, but I did warn them that wailing and/or screaming like a little b*tch was a strong possibility. Much to my delight, when we got there we were told that there were no mosquitoes, their national frog, the coquí, is nocturnal, and at most we would see mongooses or snails. Ok, mongooses or mongeese would still make me cry, but that was totally manageable. The four hours we were there, I never got bit or even laid eyes on a mongoose, just some birds and snails. So I really enjoyed El Yunque sans screaming sans crying.
This is a lagoon that our tour guide, Jamila took us to. Apparently it was off the beaten path of the tourist routes so there were about 5 locals there before we showed up. Sorry I’m not in any of the photos, once my friends starting going into the lagoon, all I saw was photos so I just got into that mode!