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Terrific views from the tower, and a wonderfully aerobic walk from the Minas Falls. Definitely wear sneakers or hiking shoes. Our guide gave us lots of time to swim and explore. I thought the welcome center at El Portal would have been better with a quick guide so that one could thoroughly appreciate the scope of rain forest conservation.
We had a fantastic time visiting El Yunque. The driver was punctual when he picked us up at the hotel. He was very courteous, friendly, fun and full of knowledge. We only felt that the trip was a bit rushed. We would have liked to stay longer and be able to explore the rainforest a bit more at depth. We only had 20 minutes to enjoy the waterfall and swim which discouraged some of the tourists that were on the tour that wanted to go swimming. Overall, I would recommend this trip.
This tour stops for a 15-minute viewing at a waterfall you can climb up on the rocks to get closer but it's slippery and another 15-minute viewing at a tower that offers island views there are facilities at this stop. Next you head to a welcome center also with facilities where you can buy water and change into your swimsuit. Next up is a 35-minute hike we had some slow movers, mostly downhill, to a waterfall with a swimming hole. There, you stop for 30 minutes and then leave on your own to complete the hike back though. It is on a different path than the one you walk down on the guide returns on the path that you took to obtain the bus and meet you all at the end of the hike. The second path is more difficult than the first but not as difficult as returning up the first path would have been. All of the hiking trails are paved, though not entirely smooth, and are 18" or wider. Most inclines are paved as stairs, but some inclines on the return hike are steep. If you have any mobility issues or aren't completely steady on your feet, don't attempt this hike. If you twist an ankle in the middle of the rainforest, you'll still have to walk out. The stop for lunch wasn't until 1:30pm so eat a big a breakfast and bring snacks. The rainforest has lovely plants but minimal animal life. We saw a few snails and that was it. Our tour confirmation told us to call 48 hours in advance to confirm. I called and called during business hours but received no answer. Our guide showed up late, but we were late getting outside and therefore didn't mind.
It was great but too expensive. We paid 70 bucks per person for a knowledgeable chauffeur who drove us there and back.
Well planned tour. The guide was very informative and the tour was exactly as promised. Reliable company that we would recommend to other travellers.
The rain forest was beautiful, but for the price we paid we should have seen more.
It was cool, I liked it.
If you want to get your body and mind relaxed, it is worth visiting.
The rainforest was stunning--we could have spent more time there and probably will next time visit. But our tour guide wasn't that good. He just talked and talked the entire time--it was like he was free-associating at the psychiatrist's office. That aside, it was a full day: pick up at hotels, drive to park, stop at a tower with an awesome view, another stop for swimming, drop off at a trail head (to be picked up at the end of the trail), then a stop for some greasy fried PR food. Do bring options for footwear. The trail was great and paved part of the way, so sneakers are fine for that. But when we went to go swimming you have to cross a small creek which is rocky, and if your foot falls in then you are stuck in a wet sneaker for the rest of the time. All in all it was a good day trip but if you are stuck with an annoying tour guide you will be out of luck and it will be a long day.
Tour guide was very friendly and informative while driving us to the site, but did not do the hike with us due to a recent injury, which we understood, but it would have been nicer to have a guided hiking tour for the money we paid.
Our guide was Tony, and he was wonderful! The hike was easy on the down-hill, a little more rough on the up-hill. Definitely bring snacks. Water area is really crowded and no beach, just rocks, so you have to be very careful. Good trip, but wanted to see more.
Not as good as expected. There wasn't much to do in the rain forest. If you want some excitement, I would highly recommend a tour that takes you all the way to the top, the so called level 4 cloud stratosphere.
The tour guy was great and the transportation as well. It was really easy to book and get confirmation from Viator.
As for the tour itself.. It's not really a hike. It's rather walking through the woods on the narrow paved path, and passing bunch of people in both directions. The nature is pretty, and the smell of the woods. However, I haven't seen any animals (except for a butterfly, a spider and two little lizards). I also didn't see any flowers, only trees and leafs, it was all green. I guess I was expecting more colors and some more peace. There were only few spots along the way where you could sit and try to enjoy the nature, but even there you would constantly be passed by other people.
Once you get to the waterfall, it's not very large space, and there were at least hundred people (if not more) dipping and hanging out. I was there on Sunday of the holiday weekend, so maybe that's why it was so crowded. This definitely made the hike nothing special for me.
I also used to spend a lot of time when I was kid in the family house surrounded by woods and fields, where you walk on empty roads and pick and eat wild strawberries and raspberries on your way, pluck some herbs for tea and spices, etc. I was kind of hoping for similar experience here. However, El Yunque is pretty commercial, or at least the parts that are accessible.
I would suggest you to visit on your own if you have the car and you're near by. It's lovely, but I wouldn't go out of my way or spend a big buck to see it.
An O.K. trip. We did not go to the waterfall as the guide said it was a very strenuos return (and so 2 of the group didn't want to go and, judging from physique of our guide I don't think he wanted too either.) So walked on a concrete path with hundreds of others for a short distance through the rain forest - without the guide !!. Guide appeared knowledgeable about the forest and island. If this is indeed strenuous then feel it should say so.
The guide for El Yunque Rainforest Hiking Trip was very charming, and very informative about Puerto Rico itself. Unfortunately, the guide was not very knowledgeable about the rainforest. He knew some generic information about the Yunque but did not offer very much detail about the forest, the vegetation, the animals, or the ecosystem. I was hoping for a guide who would offer more. It was kind of like having your Uncle Lenny show you around.
The trip was pretty good, but of the three tours that we took this my least favorite. I could have flipped a coin as to whether I would do this again. However, our tour guide, Ricardo, was very good.
However, at the end of this trip we were stuck in traffic because JJ Barea came to Old san Juan and we were stopped in traffic for hours trying to get back to our hotel.
My tour guide was knowledgeable. Unfortunately, El Junque has become a tourist trap. I could not enjoy the sounds of the rain forest or go swimming because there were too many people there.
Spent WAAAAYYYY too much time at the rainforest visitor center. What should have been a maybe a 15 minute stop turned into over an hour. Wasted time that could have been used at a stop at the other roadside waterfall or the observation tower inside the park instead of just whizzing by them. Don't tell people to pack their own snacks and water before the tour, and then offer to let folks buy these things at the visitor center as well as sit down and eat them there??? This is supposed to be a hiking outing, not a "buy snacks and browse the gift shop" outing. The hike down to the falls and back was great even though our "guide" was very loud in her descriptions of trees, plants, etc. Most folks come into the woods to have a quiet, reflective experience. We finally just had to leave the group to enjoy the hike. The tour bus was comfortable but the driver needs to wear a microphone to be heard completely in the back of the bus...maybe that's why she was yelling on the trail??? Don't miss El Yunque, but be picky about who takes you there.
Disappointed. I was the 1st one being picked up at 830AM, then we spent 1h picking up everyone else until we could leave. We hiked in total maybe 1,5 hour, because we stopped at their food point and back in Old SJ around 2.30PM. Suited for families or tour's kind of people. Def not for backpakers.
Great tour guide but the package is way overpriced (lunch wasn't even included). The tour covers only a small portion of the rainforest - the hike was easy and short (shouldn't even be called hiking trip), and the waterfalls were ehh and crowded. Didn't get to see many wildlife. Much of the said 6.5 hours of the tour was spent in the tour bus. Wouldn't do the tour again.
THERE IS NO HIKING ON THIS TOUR. The description says 'semi athletic hike' but it's really a very easy 20 minute walk along paved path to the waterfall where you get to swim, and another 10 minute walk along a mother paved path to be picked up and driven around the rest of the time. As an avid hiker I was very disappointed by this as I expected to get some exercise. The path is also quite busy with other visitors, which took away from the enjoyment and likely scared away any wild life we may have otherwise been able to spot. Also, the whole experience felt rushed and I did not feel that I had enough time to really enjoy any individual part of it.
There were some positives: the tour guide was very good - he was entertaining, informative, and was sure to warn us about the dangers of walking on the rocks around the waterfall so no-one would get hurt. Swimming in La Mina waterfall was also wonderful, but again I didn't feel that we had enough time to really enjoy ourselves.
Overall I would recommend renting a car and driving there yourself, and taking the $10 tour provided by the forest visitor center if you want to hear about the flora and fauna. La Mina would be a much better destination early in the morning on a weekday before it gets crowded, and I'm sure there are more interesting trails that are less busy, where you might actually be lucky enough to see some wildlife.