El Yunque Rainforest Tours

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The El Yunque Rainforest is the only tropical rain forest under the protection of the US Forest Service and also the largest nature reserve in densely populated Puerto Rico. The site is situated in the mist-wreathed Luquillo Mountains, where year-round precipitation ensures lush, green landscapes and a healthy diversity of animal life. This includes mongoose, non-venomous snakes, the rare Puerto Rican parrot, and the Coqui frog, whose distinctive croak provides El Yunque's soundtrack.

The Basics
The El Portal Rain Forest Center provides a good introduction to the area. There you can pick up a map and set out on well-defined walking trails that will take you past such sights as the La Coca Falls, La Mina Falls, the Yokahu Observation Tower, and the Mount Britton Lookout Tower observation point. Popular ways to explore independently or with a tour guide include a nature walk or a hiking tour on the reserve's many hiking trails (Big Tree trail is a favorite).
  • Wear hiking boots and comfortable clothing; flip flops are not recommended.
  • Consider bringing a bathing suit for a dip in the falls.
  • Hiking trails are not handicap accessible.
  • Popular combination tours include a kayaking trip on the nearby bioluminescent bay and a visit to Luquillo Beach.

How to Get There
The El Yunque National Forest (formerly Caribbean National Forest) is in the northeast of Puerto Rico, less than an hour's drive from San Juan. Driving time from Fajardo is under half an hour.

When to Get There
El Yunque is an easy half-day trip from Old San Juan. There is no distinct wet or dry season in the forest, and the temperature remains a comfortable 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (26°C) all year round.
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Address: Puerto Rico
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Hours: Daily 7:30am–6pm
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Admission: US$3
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El Yunque Rain Forest Nature Walk and Bioluminescent Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

Spend an adventurous day exploring two of Puerto’s most incredible natural wonders on this 11-hour day trip to hike in El Yunque rainforest and kayak at the island’s famed Bioluminescent Bay. Start your morning with a hike in the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest system, enjoying incredible mountain views and an optional waterfall swim to cool off. Then continue with a nighttime kayaking trip to the magical Laguna Grande, a bay on Puerto Rico’s east coast featuring a unique variety of plankton that glow when the water is touched or moved. Your Puerto Rico outdoor adventure also includes round-trip hotel transport, snacks, professional guide and national park fees.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour

Feel like a true Puerto Rican explorer during this 6.5-hour, 'off-the-beaten' path discovery of El Yunque rainforest. Avoid the big crowds from the cruise ships and hotels as you blaze a trail to the lesser-known attractions of this lush tropical eden. Admire gorgeous orchids, exotic birds and wildlife like the Coquí (tree frog) as you hike to secret waterfalls and hidden swimming spots, enjoying your secluded adventure amidst the fresh air and beautiful scenery of this Puerto Rican paradise. National park fees, plus round-trip hotel transport, are covered.Please note: Post hurricanes Irma and Maria this route has been adapted and continues to offer a full day adventure.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Narrated Sunset Boat Tour of San Juan

Complete your day with a narrated sunset cruise around Old San Juan. Learn about the area's early colonial history as you sail past its key attractions, such as the Governors Mansion and Paseo de la Princesa, against the backdrop of the sunset.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Small-Group El Yunque Rainforest Day Trip from San Juan

Hike through the jungle, plunge into natural pools and spot colourful wildlife on a 6-hour rainforest adventure in the El Yunque National Forest. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide and round-trip transport from San Juan, stopping along the way to visit a local farmers market, and take in the views from Vacia Talega.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rainforest Zipline in the El Yunque Foothills from San Juan

Zoom through the forest canopy on safe, secured ziplines during this 2-hour activity outside San Juan. With an experienced guide in the lead, zip from platform to platform in the forest, stopping for incredible views along the way. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour from San Juan

Fly through the trees like a bird during this exhilarating 4-hour zipline canopy adventure set in the foothills near Puerto Rico’s lush El Yunque rainforest. First time zipline riders and experts alike are sure to enjoy this fun-filled excursion zooming among the park’s course of 8 cables, covering 2,800 feet (850 meters) of action-packed amusement. As you ride, you’ll also enjoy views of the unique tree-top level ecosystem of this lush rainforest region. It’s the perfect combination of thrilling and safe adventure for the whole family. Your zipline excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport, professional guides and all safety equipment.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour of El Yunque National Rainforest from San Juan

Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest that is part of the U.S. Forest Service. Get picked up at your San Juan hotel to board an air-conditioned luxury vehicle. Once in El Yunque, your guide leads you on hikes amid the canopy of trees, with the opportunity to swim in a waterfall. Stop for an included lunch at a typical Puerto Rican restaurant before getting returned to your hotel. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Twilight Rainforest Nature Walk

Enjoy a relaxing nature walk through the El Yunque Rainforest at dusk. Discover some of the forest’s nocturnal wildlife as you make your way to the natural swimming hole at Rio Mameyes. Learn about the rich biodiversity of Puerto Rico and see a number of animals such as bats, insects, and tree frogs as the sun sets.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail from Fajardo

Live out your island castaway fantasies aboard a luxury catamaran as you visit the deserted tropical island of Cayo Icacos from San Juan on this 5.5-hour sailing cruise. Sail into the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean, admiring views of the El Yunque mountains in the distance, before arriving at the nature preserve of Icacos for a leisurely day of swimming, snorkeling and a lunch buffet with drinks. Your sailing excursion also includes snorkel equipment and an optional upgrade with round-trip transportation from hotels in San Juan.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan

Discover the natural wonders of El Yunque rainforest on this laid-back half-day exploration from San Juan. Enjoy a walk to a beautiful waterfall, incredible views and more than 240 species of plants and animals that call this sub-tropical habitat home. Your Puerto Rico rainforest tour also includes round-trip transportation from most hotels in San Juan, professional guide and all park entrance fees.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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El Yunque Rainforest Hiking Adventure

Feel like a real-life explorer as you get off the beaten path to spend 7.5-hours hiking, swimming and exploring in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest. Journey into the beautiful tropical scenery of this lush national park as you hike to stunning waterfalls, visit an observation tower with amazing mountain views and enjoy a natural waterslide where you can zoom 20 feet (6 meters) into a pool of sparkling water below. The more adventurous can even jump from a 40-foot (12-meter) cliff! Finish your day with an authentic Puerto Rican lunch. Your El Yunque trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, a certified tour guide, national park fees and bottled water.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Rainforest and Waterfall Adventure from San Juan

Explore a lush rainforest and help contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria with this all-day guided tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by passenger van to El Yunque National Rainforest and support road and trail construction with your entrance fee. Enjoy a refreshing swim at a waterfall, experience picture-perfect views, and learn about the island’s wildlife and exotic plants from your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Vieques Snorkeling Tour from San Juan

Explore the underwater wonderland of Vieques during this 7-hour snorkeling and beach trip to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Escape the snorkel crowds as you head to this secluded spot. With unparalleled views of marine creatures like sea turtles, rays and tropical fish, you’ll feel like you’ve entered your own private aquarium. Finish up your day with some relaxation time on one Vieques’ best beaches, accompanied by light refreshments. All snorkel gear, snorkel instruction, round-trip hotel transport, snacks and souvenir photos are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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El Yunque National Forest Tour from San Juan

Lose yourself in the wild landscapes of the El Yunque National Forest on this full-day tour from San Juan. Follow your guide on a thrilling hike through the rainforest, following meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls and ancient Taino Indian lands. Along the way, stop to admire the 85-foot (26-meter) La Coca Falls, take in the views from the 1,575-foot (480-meters) Yokahú Tower and snap photos of the striking La Mina Waterfall.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour

Hike through Puerto Rico’s lush El Yunque rainforest, observe local wildlife and take a dip in one of park’s pristine waterfalls. Journey through the varied micro-climates and vegetation zones of this unique natural area, stopping first at an observation tower where you can soak in postcard-worthy views of the surrounding forest and the ocean beyond. Continue your hike along a single-track trail, learning about the plants and animals that inhabit the area and passing by a series of waterfalls, stopping to cool off with a swim. Your trip also includes park entrance fees, bottled water, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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JungleQui Zipline Adventure from San Juan

Zip down 11 lines through the forest canopy, rappel from a treetop, and take a dip in three natural pools on this 5-hour adventure from San Juan. Use of all equipment and round-trip hotel transportation included. Choice of several departure times.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour

Get back to nature in Puerto Rico thanks to this 5.5-hour guided exploration of the El Yunque National Forest. Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of this rainforest paradise as you ‘stop to smell the flowers’ (the park has over 240 native species), visit the picturesque ‘La Coca’ Falls, and enjoy the views from Yokahú Tower. Park entrance fees are also included.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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El Yunque Rainforest and Luquillo Beach

Explore two of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful natural sights, Luquillo Beach and El Yunque Rainforest, on this 8-hour day-trip tour that’s perfect for families. Sunbathe and swim on a perfect crescent of sand at Luquillo, a palm tree-lined beach with sublime views of Puerto Rico’s rainforest-covered mountains in the distance. Then head to the wildlife paradise of El Yunque, where you’ll hike to waterfalls  and observe the park’s diverse plant and animal life. Your tour also includes round-trip transportation from most San Juan hotels and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Zipline Canopy and El Yunque Rainforest Hiking Combo Tour

Explore the beauty of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest from up high and down low during this 8.5-hour combination zipline and hiking adventure. Zoom through the forest canopy during your zipline adventure, enjoying 10 sections of cable covering 2,800 feet (850 meters) of distance. Then finish your trip with a hike through the lush tropical forest, stopping to admire this nature park’s wealth of postcard-worthy waterfalls.  This family-friendly adventure also includes round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees, professional guide and all zipline safety equipment.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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El Yunque National Forest Tour from Fajardo

Discover a landscape of lush tropical plants, hidden waterfalls and cool rivers on a full day tour of El Yunque National Forest from Fajardo. Learn about Puerto Rico’s diverse plants and animals at El Portal Visitor Center, take in stunning views of La Coca Falls then climb the Yokahú Tower for panoramic vistas across the park. Listen to the sounds of tropical birds and wildlife as you follow a gentle trail to La Mina waterfall, which pours from cliffs hung with rainforest plants and trees.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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