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Studies have shown that by immersing into wildlife—observing, breathing, touching—forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku as it’s called in Japanese)
benefits the body and the soul. In this hyper-connected, hi-tech era, it can help decrease stress levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and
improve overall wellbeing.

At times Kimelman gets intimate with mesmerizing close-up images of flowers. She keeps her communion with nature simple, intentionally not
labeling the plants with their scientific names. “It’s the left side of the brain working when you label things, and then you don't allow yourself to
just experience what you see…,” she says. “So I was like, ‘You know what? I don't care what the names of the things are.’ I just want to see
them and see how beautiful they are.”
Updated March 24, 2018.
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Due to the number of people visiting El Yunque National Forest during the Holy Week/Weekend (Wednesday through Sunday, including Good
Friday and Easter) and the
month of July, we DO NOT OFFER tours to El Yunque other than the Night Hike and/or Ancestral Areyto.
Access to the Forest is limited and we cannot guarantee the quality during those days.
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El Yunque re-opened again to the public of February, 2018.  As volunteers working at the Dispatch Office for two months, we witnessed how the
Forest started healing.  We invite you to read this short story.
Two meetings were held in Río Grande looking for volunteers, specially those living close to the Forest.
Two meetings were held in Río Grande looking for volunteers, specially those living close to the Forest.
All entrances to El Yunque were closed.  For safety reasons, no one was allowed as crews started cleaning the debris.
Check-points was established at the northern corridor (Road 191) and later at the east entrance (Road 988).
Forest Service employees, volunteers, and Incident Command, gathered to celebrate Forest Service Supervisor´s birthday.
Each morning the crews and their leaders met at Catalina Headquarters to pick-up snacks, water, and lunch.
Crew leaders met every morning to discuss the plans for the day.
Ten hours of hard work for the different crews working at the water intakes and roads.
Safety was first.  Every day, at 11:00 AM, local weather forecast was transmitted by Dispatch volunteers.
At the end of the day, crew leaders, Incident Command employees, and Law Enforcement completed their reports before going back to the last
meeting of the day.  Hard work, everybody was focused to help the Forest in the healing process.
Volunteers working at the Headquarters were part of a BIG family.  No water, no air conditioner, but a lot of friends working together.
Bees decided to live in one of the buildings at the Headquarters.  The best spot for cell phones reception was at Catalina.  Dispatch Supervisors
changed every 14 to 21 days; we had our own Walter Skinner and San Claus.
Benjie at his outdoor office; his crew was in charge of cleaning the nesting site of the Puerto Rican Amazon.  Fox Track, Adam, and Jerry assumed
different positions as part of the Incident Command plan.
In two months we had three Incident Commanders.  Ray, the last one, took care of us in every aspect of our lives, even using alternate medicine
(oils) for everyone.  We thank Ray for visiting us at the hospital.
Paramedics, rescue teams, and several ambulances, were always around until the last crew members returned safe to their homes.
Over 100 volunteers, one single BIG family.
Thanksgiving and
Christmas was part of
our celebrations.
Engineers celebrating at the Christmas gathering, even that the jeep was
geographically lost at the Forest.  
The first two months ended in
December 15, 2017.  Chris was in
charge of Demob of the Dispatch area.  
From 7 AM to 4:30 AM
Benjie and his crew were
working on behalf of our
The "cotorreros" (those in charge of the Puerto Rican
Amazon) Maricelys (FWS); Baby and Benjie (FS), and
Oscar (retired from FWS).  Plus, Fanfan, the water
intake guru.
All entrances to El Yunque were closed.  For safety reasons, no one was allowed as crews started cleaning the debris.
Many scientists work for Forest
Service.  Christmas Bird Count
coordinator, Joe Wunderle.
...we will never forget Forest Service Institute
of Tropical Forestry staff Joel (left) and
Myriam (right) who helped us during the first
two months after the hurricanes.
Of the wild population at El
Yunque, only three Puerto Rican
Amazons survived.
El Yunque National Forest after hurricanes Irma and María
Celebrating 20 years in the East region!
Available tours from
February, 2018 through
February, 2019:
AdvenTours PUERTO RICO  is an equal opportunity provider under special permits at El Yunque National Forest.
...our story