Being only 3,515 square miles, Puerto Rico is one of the smallest islands in the Caribbean which I visited for five days. I spent my time in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, and the nearby El Yunque Rainforest.
El Yunque, which was formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest and the Luqillio National Forest, is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. I had an amazing time hiking through the lush vegetation and cooling off in the waterfalls.
Puerto Rican food is good; I was obsessed with two famous Puerto Rican dishes: Mofongo and Alcapurria. In fact, I ate this stuff so much that Mofongo and Alcapurria became my nicknames for the weeks to come.
Mofongo is made with fried plantains that are then mashed with garlic, olive oil, broth, and bits of bacon or pork crackling. It's then usually filled with crab, vegetables, beef, chicken or shrimp and is normally served with chicken broth soup and fried meat. Alcapurria is a fritter dish, which is made with meat and crispy, fried dough. These dishes were so good; I kept saying “mofongo” and “alcapurria” in funny ways so it’s no wonder why I was briefly nicknamed after them.
The best way for me to describe Puerto Rico is... little island, BIG flavors!