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This trip was fantastic! Very organized but flexible - Alex kept us all on track throughout the day. He was also very knowledgeable about everything - history, culture, local flora and fauna - basically anything anyone asked a question about. Doing both tours back to back made for a long day but it was very enjoyable. So glad we chose this tour!
This was an awesome day! It was long, but worth it. We were picked up by our first tour guide, Alex. He was extremely informative and passionate about Puerto Rico. We went to El Yunque where he guided us on a hike through the rain forest and to waterfalls. The views were phenomenal and he always ensured we had photo opportunities. We never felt rushed and had plenty of time to swim in the fresh water. There were a few kids in our group and he was so great stopping to give them little teaching points paid them very close attention. He then took us to a natural rock water slide outside of El Yenque to enjoy for another hour. When that part of our tour was over we were dropped off to meet Jesus who was equally as awesome. We met with another group of people and rode out to Fajardo. The view from the top of the hill before descending to the beach is breathtaking. We then kayaked at sunset out into the bioluminescent bay. Our kayak tour guides were hysterical and full of information. When out on the water we waited for the sun to completely set and then got to play with the water. At first it was hard to see but as it got darker the lights under the water seemed very bright. It's like a bunch of tiny fireflies under the surface, and we got to see some jellyfish light up to. We then rode in the dark back to the beach which was really fun. All in all it was about a 13 hour day and we were exhausted but it was worth it and every guide we met was phenomenal.
This was a long day but worth it. Our guide was excellent - she was funny, entertaining and very knowledgeable. We got picked up from out hotel in Old San Juan, and after picking up the other guests we set off. She gives you a great history as you head to the rainforest and once there you get more detail about the trees and vegetation all very interesting!. There is a driving tour portion to this but you do get out and climb up a few trails some pretty steep but nothing to worry about. Lots of opportunities for great photos.
The kayaking tour was also good. The tour operators have a great sense of humour and were interesting and reassuring for those of us that have never kayaked before. Be prepared to get wet, so I would advise packing a change of clothes for after the kayak trip!
Overall, excellent trip.
My boyfriend and I booked this trip while staying in Isla Verde. We cannot say enough positive things about the experience, all of which are due to our guide Alicia. She went out of her way to pick up and drop off everyone on the trip where it was most convenient for them, regardless of traffic or other nuisances. Throughout the day, she made a point of stopping whenever she could to highlight details specific to Puerto Rico in El Yunque and the sights we were seeing. She made sure we had the best experience by timing our trails where we wouldn't be stuck in foot traffic. Alicia was extremely personable and accommodating. She wanted to get to know everyone as best as she could in order to cater to individual interests. We forgot a towel and while we were on our bay tour she went out to get us one. Alicia goes above and beyond her job requirements in order to ensure everyone has a once in a lifetime experience in the nature of Puerto Rico. You will not find a more passionate and knowledgeable tour guide and travel expert. The bio bay tour was absolutely unforgettable. The glass-bottom kayaks were a cool touch but do not stress if you end up in a normal kayak because the guides make sure everyone has the best view of the phenomenon as possible. There was always clear communication between us and all of our guides on the itinerary and safety regulations for each part of this tour. We will be recommending this experience to any of our friends looking for an adventure-filled day in Puerto Rico.
We absolutely loved our tour of the Rainforest. Our tour guide, Alicia was amazing! She was very kind, patient and generous with her information. Alicia was highly accommodating, very knowledgeable and overall wonderful to be around. Alicia was funny, informative and I felt like we were fast friends, Alicia was the best representative of Puerto Rico. I am so happy to have met her and I have a great respect for her job and I love Puerto Rico even more because of her and her efforts. The lunch should be included in the tour price. Its really ridiculous to not have the 12 lunch included in the tour price. To have to pay for the tour and then go to lunch and have to pay for that separately is very silly to me. Also, make sure to bring lots of snacks because we got picked up for the tour at 8 am and didn't eat lunch until around 2-3 pm. There are a few places to grab snacks at the rain forest, but they're really expensive. On to the kayaking tour in the bioluminescent bay. Please keep in mind that this tour takes place at night, it is very very dark. The tour is about a mile 1 and 1/2 long, going and coming back so 3 miles total. This is not a very strenuous activity but it lasts a while, and takes some effort to get through it. I do not recommend this tour for young children. We had one younger child on our tour that was very scared of the dark and the tour guide had take him back to the shore. There are a bunch of tour guides available during the tour, who will help you if you get stuck or anything, which is very reassuring. The tour guides are also, funny, entertaining and overall great representatives of Puerto Rico. I'm very glad we took this tour also. It is a must see/must do experience. I highly recommend it!
Fantastic excursion. My wife and I both enjoyed this immensely. I believe a great deal of our experience came from our guide Aicia. She was incredibly knowledgable and so much to the experience. The rain forest was awesome. Some things you can do on your own when you go places. These two experiences are not things to be done without the experience and information from guides like Alicia. Highly recommend this excursion. Bug spray and cash for the gift store or for snacks throughout the day is all you will need :
This is a well organized trip with very courteous staff and worth the money. The trip itself is very nice, including two must-see attractions in Puerto Rico, and there are two things that impressed me most: 1. for hotel pick-up, they use a small van to pick up guests from hotels and transfer them to the shuttle on the main street 2. as I was heading to a different destination at the end of the day, I took off by myself after visiting bio-bay, and the driver helped me book a taxi and made sure I find the taxi driver before he left. Definitely would recommend this trip to future guests.
Alex is a very nice and professional tour guide. The experience in Yunque is amazing.
We did this tour and it was great! We had never been to a rainforest prior to this and we truly enjoyed it. I do have to say that Alex, the tour guide, was great! He was very knowledgable and willing to answer any question that we asked. There was lots of laughing and exploring on our El Yunque adventure!
We ended up not doing the bioluminescent bay kayaking tour due to the company calling us that morning and explaining it to us that with the cold fresh water coming in with all the rain we received during our week in Puerto Rico the organisms would not be very well lit up. They were more than willing to take us out to them if we wanted but were honest about what we would see. We decided to wait until next time when they were extremely bright. The company did refund us that part of the price which was awesome because they could have just taken us out there and let us be bummed about the decreased bioluminescent but they did not.
I would highly recommend them to anyone in Puerto Rico. Well worth the money and a great time!
Awesome trip! The guide was great - very personable and entertaining. Good pace to the whole day....the night kayaking to bio bay was amazing. Would do it all again!!!
We loved this trip! The rainforest was beautiful. We loved swimming in the waterfalls. James was so welcoming and had lots of good information to share. Anyone who goes on this tour with James is in for a good time. We also loved the authentic Puerto Rican lunch at BoriCuba. Kayaking was also fun!
The hike was great! Our guide knew the answers to all of our questions and made it fun and educational. The lunch we had after the hike was delicious! The kayaking was nice. I wish the large group was split into smaller groups. We had to wait too much for everyone to get to the same point.
Our tour guide in the Rainforest, Alex, was so thorough and knowledgeable about all things Puerto Rico, the forest, and other sites to see while visiting. Full of history and biology the tour was a perfect introductory way to visit El Yunque. The guides for the Biobay kayak tour were very fun and entertaining! They did their best to keep order with a group that seemed unable to control their kayaks at all....but their instruction was helpful and patient. A wonderful day and way to see two must see sites on the island!
This combination is fantastic. Jerry was out tour guide and I don't have the words to express how pivital he was in our experience at the Rain forest. Jerry is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Puerto Rico and the navigation through the Rain forest and took us to our own little oasis to swim around privately before taking us to the main waterfall where everyone else goes. The hike is indeed a hike but is so scenic and peaceful that it doesn't even feel like exercise. You do work up quite an appetite and are more than ready for the delicious authentic Puerto Rican meal not included that follows the hike.
Then it was off to the Bio-Bay Kayaking tour!!! Another adventure, and you will get very wet on the tour so be prepared. Its dark because its the only way you will see the glow, and you kayak quite a bit. The guides watch over everyone with eagle eyes so there is never a moment when you don't feel safe. I was with my 13 year old daughter who was a worse kayaker that I was so we almost ended up in the Florida Keys just joking until Monolo rescued us!!! Hallelujah!! He did not leave our sides for the rest of the tour, probably because me and my daughter would have otherwise ended up in the hands of the US Coast guard, lol but he was awesome and we had an amazing adventure. The water is generally pretty shallow so there is no real risk of us ever really reach Florida by Kayak, : Thank you guys
Was two events in one. Started with guide Jerry at El Yunque and it was awesome! Jerry really knew his stuff and even arranged for a nearly private waterfall swimming experience. Could not have been better. Then it was off to a local restaurant for fantastic Puerto Rican food. Lastly, it was off with guide Jesus to the bioluminescent bay. Best part here was that it was the first group - meaning we kayaked in through the mangroves while it was still light out. This was on the one glass bottom kayak service and that is DEFINITELY the best way. You can see the little glowing sprites right through the bottom! Would highly recommend this entire package!
Totally recommend this tour. The rainforest was gorgeous and the phytoplankton was incredible. I was amazed at both tours!
- Our guide Jerry was wonderful. He allowed us to buy snacks before we started the hike and provided us with water and towels.
- Jerry led us into a small cave that only couple people knew! and seeing the fall was great!
- You're going to get wet so wear waterproof or something comfortable. You can bring extra clothes, but you're going to get wet during the kayaking tour so we ended up not changing for the whole day. we wore bathing suits underneath
- Jerry accommodated us very well and brought us into a very authentic puerto rican restaurant cheap and yummy. they accept credit cards so no worries!
Bioluminescent Bay Kayaking
- you're going to get wet
- as someone who kayaked for the first time, kayaking was difficult. if you need help, tell the guides, they will help you throughout the whole tour
- phytoplankton is very cool! very interesting to see since puerto rico is the only place you can see it all year around in the U.S
Alex was a great tour guide! I have been to El Yunque many times, but I have never been on the hike he took us on. Be advised, it is not easy, so if you have any knee issues or are not in relatively good shape, I would not recommend it. But overall it was wonderful. The tour of the bay was good, but it was a full moon. I have been on 3 bioluminescent tours, and the only time it was really worth it was when there was no moon. Otherwise it's hard to see. So if there's going to be a full moon on the day you go, skip it. I did enjoy the kayaking though, so if you want to kayak, go for it!
Best tour ever. Alex, our tour guide was the best man to have if you ever go and visit Puerto Rico
The tour was unforgettable, and the tours guides were The Best. Jerry was the best guide I and #39;ve ever had on any trip very interactive and informative. The team at Glassbottompr. Made the kayak trip a lifetime memory. If I ever come back to PR I would do these tours agian just for the tour guides.
Great hike through the rain forest. We loved out tour guide Jerry. He told us all kinds of things about the island and the rain forest and life! Even took us to a special spot where we could play in the waterfall without other people.
Dinner in between was classic Puerto Rican and delicious and a steal for the price!
The bioluminescent bay was good. Be ready to work your arms on the kayak! The microorganisms don't make the water glow, but they're like water lightening bugs when you move the water with your hand. Very cool.
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