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El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan

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San Juan, Caribbean
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Half-day trip to El Yunque rainforest
  • Enjoy an amazing world of nature trails, waterfalls and scenic views
  • Learn about the history and biology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most San Juan hotels
Explore the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest system on this half-day trip. Walk the park’s nature trails, surrounded by tree orchids, giant ferns and wildflowers, as you venture to a camera-worthy collection of waterfalls and panoramic vistas in northeast Puerto Rico.

Start your day early with pickup from select hotels in San Juan. Then drive from San Juan to El Yunque, admiring the typical native towns and changing scenery as you ascend higher into the rainforest. This ecosystem is named after the ancient Indian spirit Yuquiyu, who was  believed to have once reigned over all of Puerto Rico, protecting the island and its people.

Begin an easy walk on one of the park's trails, keeping an eye out for any of the area’s wildlife. Make your way along paths thick with tree orchids, giant ferns, wild flowers and tropical hardwood trees, and stop by La Coca Waterfall.

Then make your way back to San Juan, arriving back at your hotel in the early afternoon.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
Waste of Tome and Money
emclark13
, Aug 2019
The description is inaccurate. This is basically a van ride. We expected trails and were told everything was closed. When you look on yelp people are hiking the forest and we were told we couldn’t. I would like a refund. We spent 5 days in PR and this was the only tour we took because the expense of doing more than one was to much for our family. The tour itself sucked. the company should be ashamed. Agree with last reviewer. Highlight was lunch which we paid for!
Punchline, DON"T TAKE THIS TOUR!!
Cruiser32313870074
, Aug 2019
Punchline, DON"T TAKE THIS TOUR!! On Sunday, August 4th, 2019 my five friends and I attended the El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan trip for $66 per person. As we departed San Juan the tour guide told us that we would have to make, what he described as an illogical stop to see a short film about the rain forest. Boy was he not kidding, after a twenty-minute drive we were shuffled into the room and force-fed a promotional video about the rain forest and all of the plants that lived in it. After thirty minutes we departed for what we thought would be a walking and sightseeing tour of the best of the rain forest, instead, we were driven to a bridge overpass and told we could swim in the muddy waters. There was nothing to do under the bridge but look at some rocks and some water so we asked to leave and go to the next stop. The driver then took us to a tower where we were told to climb to the top, so we did. At the top, you get a view of trees (the same view you get at the bottom of the tower). This tower in the forest only kept our interest for a few minutes and we asked to leave again. Finally, we thought we would get out in the rain forest and see cool things, but alas, were shuffled back onto the bus and dropped off at a road-side attraction. A waterfall that looked nice to see. We were told to get out and check it out. We did. But we never actually got to do any walking in the rain forest. No hike, just a roadside tour of three spots. In the end, the tour made a final stop at a roadside food stall, which was, unfortunately, the highlight of the entire tour. The tour cost about $66 a person and instead of taking this tour I would recommend you ask and Uber driver to take on a drive through the rain forest. It will be cheaper and you will have the same experience. I should note that our so-called "tour guide" told us he was a substitute because the read tour guide could not make it into work that day, but still, it was a horrendous experience. I would like a refund for this trip.
A tour of rocks
Cruiser32313870074
, Aug 2019
We barely got to see the rainforest at all. The tour consisted of a movie, 2 stops at location where the only thing to do was climb on rocks, a climb up a tower to look over the rainforest and lunch. The movie made the tour look promising with all the beautiful scenery and animals that live in the rainforest. But what we saw was none of that. No cool interesting animals to see, no amazing sights to behold, just rocks. The food was very tasty and cheap so I can't complain about that part but out of this 5hr tour we were able to spend maybe an hour exploring the more tourist infested sections of the rainforest.
A bit pricey for what is included
NelsonF1432
, Jul 2019
As other reviews have said, the description of the tour provided on Viator does not match the actual tour. This was fine for me since my elderly mother was with us and can't do tons of walking. That said, the tour did feel a bit rushed. The tour guide told us we would have 30 minutes at each of the four stops: (1) the welcome center, (2) the observation tower, (3) the waterfall and (4) the lake but we definitely had less time at each. We had only finished viewing the 8 minute video at the visitor center when the tour guide told us it was time to get back on the bus. We felt similarly rushed at all of the three other stops. We arrived back to San Juan at 12:30 when we thought we would be getting back at 1:30 We were able to get some great pictures but wish we had more time. It was an play tour just not sure it was worth the price.
Rain forest
Roam37247092954
, Jun 2019
We had a female tour guide. She was very informative and very professional. I felt safe with her and would definitely request her again.
Exceptional!
nancycV8932EA
, Jun 2019
I couldn't be more pleased. Carlos is the epitome of the most friendly, informative and generous tour guide ever. His concern for our total enjoyment and safety was stellar. Thanks, Carlos, for such a wonderful experience!
Basic Tour of a Must See
sidneychernick
, Jun 2019
You should not go to San Juan and miss El Yunque. This was a relaxed bus ride. Very little walking. Several stops including one for lunch. Guide was pleasant and knowledgeable.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Some of the great unique qualities of visiting a tropical destination in the Caribbean is that you will experience tropical flora and fauna. Thank you for sharing
Rainforest Tour
Venture29054230347
, Jun 2019
Our trip to the rainforest was a lot of fun. We were able to see different sections of the rainforest and learned about the history of the area. Carlos was a great tour guy.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you very much for taking the time to review and giving us a 5 star review. Hope to see you again
Amazing
Climber24958842404
, Jun 2019
The tour was amazing and our guide Sammy was even better. I would do this all over again! Beautiful!!!!
Not what I expected
Journey21052022041
, Jun 2019
At first, I thought this would be an adventurous hiking trip. It turns out that the driver only make a few stops in the rain forest. There was no hiking whatsoever. I was disappointed about this tour and it was not worth the money.

Product code: 4170YUNQ

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