So I love camping just about anywhere!
When I was growing up, my Dad would take my brother, sister, and I camping…in our backyard. Haha. Nothing too adventurous, but still tons of fun.
Read on about how epic jungle camping is.
1. The sounds of the forest literally sing you to sleep
Here in El Yunque Rainforest of Puerto Rico, the coqui frogs were just about all you could hear after sunset! They are famous and unmistakable in sound.
2. You can leave your sleeping pad at home
Palm fronds are plentiful and basically nature’s cushion! One less thing to pack. Seriously though, I did spend some time harvesting all sorts of leaves to make into a nice, comfy makeshift mattress beneath my tent. (This helped with managing the mud too!)
3. You don’t really need to worry about packing and carrying a ton of water
As long as you bring a water purifier (The one I use is only ~$20) you will find water readily available. To get to our campsite we had to walk through a river, then we ended up camping right beside a waterfall! The sounds were so peaceful to fall asleep to.
4. It’s fun to get dirty once in a while!
So all of your stuff might get covered in mud. Seriously, the rainforest has sooo much more mud than I ever would have guessed. But it makes the experience that much more memorable.
5. You might just get the place to yourselves
When I camped with friends in El Yunque during Spring Break, I’m not sure that anyone else spent the night within miles of us. Like the campsites were so empty, we weren’t sure if we were unaware of a park closure or something!
In the morning, we hiked out with the sunrise and were ready to leave the park, but the gates were still locked. Luckily we found a way to kill the time…may or may not have streaked through a nearby waterfall;)
Gotta love the jungle.