Puerto Rico | El Yunque National Forest | La Mina Falls | Gran Meliá

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(Porkbelly)Hey it’s part 2 of our Puerto Rico trip! In the morning we lounged around the beach at the resort. We laid on the hammock and watched the clouds go by. It was very relaxing and convenient since it was a part of our resort.

As we were driving out of the resort I noticed that the tire pressure light was on and the steering felt odd. This could only mean one thing…. Flat tire. Unfortunately we did not purchase insurance through our rental company and was sure that this would cost an arm and a leg. We booked the rental car with our Chase credit card which does offer rental car insurance. We called chase and they told us they would pay us after we fill out a bunch of forms, get receipts of all the repairs from the rental car company, and overall it sounded like a headache and who knows when we would get our money back….. I swapped out the flat tire for a spare. It was a Sunday morning and all car shops were closed. I drove around looking for a shop, after a few attempts I drove past a lot selling second hand cars and thought they would be of no help, but Bunny urged me to stop. I ran inside and asked the attended if they patched tires, the attendant told me he doesn’t speak any English in Spanish. I rolled in the tire with the puncture, pointed to it and made sounds. The attendant told me he understood in Spanish. He fixed it immediately. I offered to pay him, but he said something in Spanish like “in Peurto Rico we got you” and would not take the money. We were absolutely touched, I wanted to cry.

At this point we were starving from our tire adventure. I saw some people eating something at the side of the road.  There was a guy selling roast pork from the side of the road.  I tried a piece of it, it was like eating Chinese roast pork, I was immediately hooked and bought a pound of it to go.  The pork was soft in the center with a very crisp outer skin.  Every bite had the perfect amount of savory flavor.  The Skin tasted like Chicharones with much more substance since the big was quite big infused with pork juice.  We also stopped by the food truck next to the Pork vendor, the food truck is called Kono.  They sell crispy cones with rice and a type of protein.  We opted to get Shrimp and Fish.  It was very good and quick to eat since we wanted to get on the road to the Yunque rainforest.

The number one thing to see at Yunque rainforest is the waterfall.  We parked out car and hiked all the way to the waterfall.  I was dead when I got to the waterfall and hiking back uphill was worst.  The waterfall was cool.  We checked out some other spots, like the lighthouse where you can get a spectacular view of the Yunque rainforest.

On the way back to the hotel, I stopped to get tacos out of a bus.  It wasn’t very good.  Once we got back we walked along the beach and watched the sunset.

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