San Juan, Puerto Rico

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clock-o6 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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.
  • Escape the crowds on this 'off-the-beaten path' exploration of El Yunque
  • Enjoy the beautiful tropical environment of this lush rainforest
  • Avoid the cruise ship groups and hotel tours at the park's most popular sites
  • Feel like an explorer during visits to secret off-trail waterfalls and hidden swimming spots
  • Keep your eyes out for diverse plants and animals like orchids and the Coquí (tree frog)
  • Great excursion for the adventurous

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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D
, Oct 2018

This tour was unreal. Our guide, Alex, was the perfect mix of adventurous and cautious, accommodating and understanding, and unbelievably knowledgable on all things about the rainforest. He actively participated in all of the activities, so as to encourage others to participate. He very thoroughly investigated safety issues and possible risks throughout the day. He catered to the crowd and adapted the hike to support the wants/needs of all members of the tour. He explained all of the things we were doing and how to properly and safely participate. This was easily the most exciting and invigorating tourist activity I've ever paid for. If I knew it would be this awesome, I would have been willing to pay three times as much. While the hike and the activities were incredible, Alex's enthusiasm, passion, and interest in everyone's enjoyment really made this tour the best.

I will note that the description may need to be a bit more explicit in the level of physical activity/difficulty this tour entails. The hike itself was definitely more rigorous than I was expecting, though very pleased with it. You will be required to get in the water at certain points on the hike, even if not choosing to swim in the pools/waterfalls. I do think the level of adventure and difficulty would likely vary depending on your guide, but it is worth noting that the current description was much tamer than my personal experience which again I totally loved.

M
, Jul 2018

Great Tour.

M
, Jan 2018

Definitely worthwhile

J
, Aug 2017

Excellent hike for those with some experience and can climb a few flights of stairs and dont mind getting muddy. if I had to do over again I would have booked the trip with people I knew. You never know who shows up. I find peple who are late to booking times, really inconsiderate. its NOT all about you. That said, Alex was extremely considerate, well informed and prvovided fun for all. The swimming was great in the waterfalls. Saw some birds, snails, Coqui!! I would do it again. Boots or shoes with serious tread strongly advised.

A
, Aug 2017

Well worth the money. Be aware this is no leisure hike, especially back up hill. On the way down the morning rain made the rocks slippery and dangerous, however our tour guide alex was patient and gave great advice. We stopped at 2 waterfalls and alex said roundtrip is ~3miles.

E
, Aug 2017

It was an amazing hike. Alex our guide was very professional and knowledgeable and fun. It is not an easy hike, and I would recommend hiking boots. It is very slippery and muddy. Great hike, loved the waterfalls and trails. Highly recommend this hike.

G
, Aug 2017

We took this because it had great reviews. Alex picked us up at our hotel, he was great, very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm. Our tour was exceptional, we saw absolutely no one else while on this tour. Swam in the rivers and waterfalls, you won't regret this tour, Alex will make it great!

e
, Aug 2017

This tour was amazing! It was probably the coolest part of our trip to Puerto Rico and I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a unique way to explore El Yunque. When they say this tour is for the physically fit, they mean it. It involves a lot of climbing and walking over roots, rocks, and through water. Also if you are afraid of heights you might want to stay behind but if you think you can handle it then you should definitely do it. The restaurant that you eat lunch at is authentic Puerto Rican that you won't find in the tourist areas of San Juan, the food is delicious. Overall this was an amazing tour!!

M
, Aug 2017

This was absolutely an incredible tour!
Alex was great; very knowledgeable and very personable. He did his best to make sure that everyone made it in and out in one piece, and had a good time doing it. This was way outside my wife's comfort zone, but Alex helped her through the rough spots.

J
, Aug 2017

This was our third trip to El Yunque and it was the best! Our guide, Alex, was fantastic. He is not your average guide since he lives in the forest and studies it!. He also was responsible for opening the great trail and path we took to see the less busy areas of El Yunque. He was knowledgable, fun and patient with the various speeds of hikers. We are already looking forward to returning and going on another adventure with Alex!


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