El Yunque National Forest

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El Yunque National Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

    1. Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

    Start your day by meeting your guide at the local fruit stand “Frutera Flores” in the town of Luquillo. Here, your guide will pick up a variety of fresh local fruit for the tour, and you have the opportunity to purchase some local fritters and/or a fresh fruit smoothie. After this stop, follow your guide in your rental car to the majestic El Yunque Rainforest- without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest Natural Wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, the most biologically diverse, and the most studied forest in the US National Forest System. After an interpretive hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, arrive at a hidden gem found in the heart of the rainforest. This breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest is like a natural playground. Here, have the chance to swim in the natural pools, refresh in waterfalls, slide down an exhilar...

    Everyone was amazing!!! Well worth it. Fantastic guides!! All 3 Leo,Patricia and Jesse were amazing. They were all patient, enthusiastic, knowledgeable outgoing and would highly recommend them to anyone . Embrace the mud....embrace it all!

  • From San Juan: Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour

    2. From San Juan: Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in San Juan and travel along the Eastern Highway to the foothills of the Luquillo Mountains Range, where you will reach the El Yunque National Rainforest. Once at the zipline station, get equipped with your gear, harness, helmet, and hand gear in preparation for your aerial adventure. Explore 8 different sections, each strategically located within the rainforest canopy. Move between the landing platforms which are equipped with safety gear, handrails and guides that are there to meet you at each point. Discover the vastness of this lush tropical rainforest as you view it from the air at canopy level. Zoom through the air surrounded by nature for an exhilarating experience. Try to spot plant, animal and bird species as you fly through the air. After your exciting experience, be returned to your hotel in San Juan.

    I really enjoyed doing the zipline. The people are very helpful and friendly. Very nice area. I will be going back again.

  • From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

    3. From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

    After arriving at your stunning destination, you’ll enjoy a 30-minute hike up to the first mineral watering hole. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the landscape, swim in the water, take a thrilling ride on a rope swing, and free dive from different heights. Your adventure will then continue with another 15-minute hike to a second watering hole boasting a natural rock slide and a 40-foot dividing point into the waters below. Admire the natural beauty of this special location with its abundance of bamboo trees, unique flora, and rocky ‘waterslides’. You’ll then finish up this exciting day by visiting a quaint local restaurant to enjoy some delicious authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, grandma-style and well priced.

    Andrea and jojo where awesome! They knew the spots you had to visit! And felt very comfortable and safe with them.

  • Fajardo: All Levels Snorkeling Tour to Icacos Island

    4. Fajardo: All Levels Snorkeling Tour to Icacos Island

    From the meeting point Marina Puerto Chico in Fajardo, start the day with a local pastry while receiving an overview of the itinerary for the day. Prepare yourself by protecting your skin from sun exposure and using the restrooms available in the marina. Once the group is ready, boarding the classic vessel will begin. Feel the breeze and mist of the Caribbean waters while navigating towards your destination on Icacos Island, located around 4 nautical miles from the marina. Music and viewing sites are part of this experience, with the El Yunque National Forest and the Fajardo Lighthouse being among the most eye catching. At the first stop, enjoy a guided snorkeling experience suitable for your own level of experience and explore the marine life. After the snorkeling, the bar opens so you can try out refreshing signature drinks such as Piña Colada with or without rum. A deli-style buffet...

    Everything was super good. Way cooler than. I was expecting and the crew was the best. I am 200% recommending them. The snorkeling, the boat, the island, even the people you meet there.

  • San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

    5. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

    Join your expert tour guide for an all-day excursion to the El Yunque Rainforest, then kayak with glowing planktons at a bio-luminescent bay. Start your adventure with a visit to the lesser-known zone of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Hike and explore this off-the-beaten-track habitat. Take a dip in a waterfall or natural pool, or try out the waterslides. Hear fascinating stories from your guide about natural and local history. Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. After the hike, take a break with some lunch at a local restaurant. Then its time for a kayak adventure through mangrove channels leading to the Laguna Grande. Meet the glowing microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Paddle in this remarkable yet safe environment. Explore these amazing creatures up clo...

    The hiking trip to the waterfall/river was so much fun and the tour guides were awesome. Very involved and made sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Breathtaking views and the water felt amazing cause it was so hot!! Bio Bay Kayaking was an absolute waste of time and money. For starters, the water smelled like we were kayaking in a cess pool. The water was black and smelled like rotten eggs. Didn't seem very sanitary or safe for anyone to be in. Then we were lined up in our kayaks and covered with a tarp full of sand in order to see the plankton light up (which they didn't) they clearly stated this wasn't guaranteed but according to other reviews it seems like it doesn't happen any time of the year. So we literally just got covered in sand from head to toe for no reason. I really do not recommend this activity to anyone.

  • San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

    6. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

    Following a morning pickup at your accommodation, embark in direction of your bio bay and rainforest combo adventure. Enjoy the beautiful views along the scenic route through the Northside of the island and learn some facts about the areas from your guide. Make a stop in the town of Luquillo and enjoy some fresh local fruits before continuing the journey to Puerto Rico's majestic Rainforest. El Yunque is without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest natural wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, and the most studied forest in the United States National Forest System. It is the most biologically diverse forest, hosting hundreds of plants and animals - some of which are only found here in Puerto Rico. Once there, hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, until you'll arrive at a hidden gem located in the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy the b...

    Communication was great! Easy transportation. Instructions say to wear swimsuit, but, really a pair of sport legging type shorts would be ideal. Highly recommended lightweight (dri fit) type clothing/shirt (no cotton). You will get fully submersed in the water. Wear old tennis shoes (& old socks) with good grip & plan to discard them or machine wash them due to the soupy rainforest mud. I wore a pair of closed to Keen hiking sandals w/ great grip & they were perfect! The guides were great & take pics & email them to you. You will leave everything on the bus during both excursions. Only brought a bottled water along on trail. No lunch provided, but they stop for smoothies on the way & have a great fruit spread (pineapple, papaya, mango, avocado) for a mid-day snack. Supper (you are responsible for the payment) is early (3:30/4) and was pretty good. Your guide will share a menu & get your order once you arrive to the rainforest. Rainforest portion was amazing! Kayaking was just ok. Enjoy

  • El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

    7. El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

    Adventure into El Yunque Rainforest and enjoy a day of adventuring. Upon arrival, enjoy a 20- to 30-minute hike to the first mineral water watering hole. There you can enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Hike for another 15-minutes to a different watering hole. Here you’ll climb up a natural rock slide and jump off a 40-foot cliff into the river. On this trip, you'll enjoy nature on a unique rainforest adventure. This experience is focused on providing a truly local view of El Yunque, with historical facts and information about the ecosystem along the trip. This experience focuses on providing a unique local trip.

    Experience was amazing in the rainforest! Guides were great! Only thing was meeting point was confused and guide was 40 minutes late…which we understand things happen but no one picked up the phone to clarify.. other than that the actual activity was great.

  • From San Juan: El Yunque Forest Off the Beaten Path Tour

    8. From San Juan: El Yunque Forest Off the Beaten Path Tour

    Feel like a true explorer on an off-the-beaten-path tour in the heart of the El Yunque Rainforest. Avoid big crowds as you blaze a trail to the lesser-known attractions of the lush tropical rainforest. The initial hike is a 25-30 minute journey up a rock and dirt path with some river wading. This trail is surrounded by bamboo trees, rainforest flowers, and many other beautiful plants. Visit a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in its crystal clear waters and admire the colors of its deep pools. Enjoy the cascades of the waterfall and take the opportunity to snap pictures. Continue exploring the rainforest and end your adventure in another pool area, the rainforest's best-kept secret. After a few minutes of hiking, arrive at a river where you can swim, swing from a rope into the river, and enjoy natural water slides.

    Johnathan the tour guide was amazing and funny! Beautiful site and amazing swimming area! Highly recommended.

  • San Juan: Scenic Puerto Rico Instagram Tour

    9. San Juan: Scenic Puerto Rico Instagram Tour

    Take a road trip to the best and most-desired spots of Puerto Rico in a single tour. This Instagram trip focuses on visiting the most "Insta-worthy" sights for great pictures, history, culture, and adventure. This is a true local experience that visits the world-famous Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the United States Forest System. Visit Old San Juan’s top spots, with live commentary on the history behind the old structures, and plenty of photo stops. Later, visit a secret locals-only beach for a relaxing and authentically Caribbean experience. Your tour later ends with dinner, allowing you to experience the authentic flavors of Puerto Rico.

    The scenery is beautiful and the tour guide we had was AMAZING!!! Just be ready to get muddy!

  • From San Juan: El Yunque Waterfall Hiking & Cliff Jumping

    10. From San Juan: El Yunque Waterfall Hiking & Cliff Jumping

    Visit waterfalls, rivers, and forests in a tropical rain forest. Challenge yourself to a guided hike. Swim in the waters and jump from scenic spots. Discover diverse ecosystems and breathtaking views throughout the park. Encounter the endemic flora, fauna and refreshing rivers along the way. Find pools and a tall rock face at the riverbed. Admire a majestic waterfall as you enter the clearing from under the canopy. Receive detailed pointers on what to expect in certain spots and how to best interact with the landscape around you. Enjoy the opportunity to swim and get to know of a few places to jump from. Start from the trailhead and continue to the waterfall before returning on the same trail to the vehicle. Experience local culture and the essence of Puerto Rico with a traditional lunch.

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What people are saying about El Yunque National Forest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 260 reviews

Omggggggg! It was FREAKING AMAZING. BEING MY 1ST ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE THE CANOPY ADVENTURE TOUR GAVE ME A GREAT 1ST IMPRESSION. I AM SOOOOOO READY FOR MY.NEXT ADVENTURE. THIS WAS A GREAT EXHILARATING AND ADRENALINE RUSHING ESCAPADE. WHAT A WAY TO BRING IN YOUR 45TH BDAY!

The tour was amazing our tour guide Yoh Yoh was super amazing she took us on the tour and to the beach and everything was perfect. 10/10 recommend to anyone coming to Puerto Rico and ask for her if you can she will make sure you enjoy every part

Everything was super good. Way cooler than. I was expecting and the crew was the best. I am 200% recommending them. The snorkeling, the boat, the island, even the people you meet there.

I really enjoyed doing the zipline. The people are very helpful and friendly. Very nice area. I will be going back again.

Andrea and jojo where awesome! They knew the spots you had to visit! And felt very comfortable and safe with them.