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Puerto Rico's rainforest slowly reopens to visitors

Friday, April 06, 2018

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Portions of a popular rainforest in Puerto Rico are slowly reopening to visitors more than six months after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory as a Category four storm.

The US Forest Service said last Friday that crews are more than halfway done clearing at least three landslides along a main road that winds through El Yunque.

Officials recently opened a temporary visitor centre, and crews finished clearing a trail leading to El Toro, the highest point in the rainforest.

El Yunque attracts more than half a million visitors a year and is the only tropical rainforest under the purview of the US Forest Service.