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El Yunque National Park
El Yunque National Park

El Yunque National Park

Route 191

The Basics

El Yunque is a popular hiking spot, home to many well-defined trails that will take you past sites such as 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. As a popular day-trip destination from San Juan, many tours also include convenient round-trip transportation for added convenience.

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El Yunque National Forest Tour from San Juan
El Yunque National Forest Tour from San Juan
$94.00 per adult
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Francesca and crew helped...
Francesca and crew helped created a once in a lifetime experience for our family with 4 kids! If your kids are willing to try a little bit of adventure, this is the tour for you! Hiking, mud walls, rock climbing, water slides, cliff jumping, rope swinging, everything that kids and “big” kids would enjoy! Highly recommend to anyone wanting a rainforest tour!
Kent_D, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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Tony is an excellent tour...
Meilani_K, Jan 2022
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
Tony is an excellent tour guide! Love to come back and have him again as a tour guide. He’s very hospitable and looks after your safety as well.
star-5
A day in the clouds
William_B, Jan 2022
El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan
George was a great guide. He entertained us with local history and latest events in Puerto Rico. Very sensitive to ensure our safety on the trail and in regard to Covid guidelines. We really enjoyed the day.
star-5
El yunke is the Best
Adolfo_C, Jan 2022
San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour
Jamilex our bus driver and tour guide was right on time picking us up at our hotel. she made our travel expirience very pleasant. She was always in a good mood and answered All our questions. Paola one of our tour guides was very nice, she gave us a lot of tips about the island and about places to go to have good food and fun places to visit. Sarah also made our trip very pleasant, she was always in a good mood, watching for our safety and taking a ton of pictures. These guys are rock stars.
star-5
I am glad I did it!
Denise_J, Dec 2021
Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour
At first I was intimidated by the mud and climbing the rocks but it ended up being so much fun! Our tour guides Jesse and Natalia were excellent! Jesse is very knowledgeable of the area and really focused on safety. My family and I had a wonderful time!
star-5
Awesome tour to the forest.
Xiaozhou_Y, Dec 2021
El Yunque Natural Waterslide & Rainforest Hiking with Transportation
One of the best tour I’ve ever had. Gian was such a great guide: passionate, friendly, hospitality. He was so nice to the group. The rainforest itself was fabulous. Cliff jump, water slide, and all the muds were so memorable. Better wear shoes that you don’t really care since they will get super muddy and hard to clean.
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Ivan was a great tour...
Jessica_H, Dec 2021
Puerto Rico Guided Adventure in El Yunque rainforest
Ivan was a great tour guide!! Very knowledgeable and good all around guy. The safety guide was great as well. Did many trick jumps off cliffs!
star-4
Fun but…
Kiandra_P, Dec 2021
El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine and Shop Adventure with transport
This is a very fun excursion for family and friends. My only complaint, as you can see from The photo, is that we were not given life jackets. Thankfully the river was not too deep but it would have made me feel a lot safer if our tour guide provided life jackets like most of the other tours did, in blue. You can not know what to expect out there and safety should be first. Otherwise. Great trip, great host, and great food stout stop.
star-5
Worth every penny!
Cayla_W, Dec 2021
Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour
Such an amazing experience, the girls were very educational & safety was their top priority. Beautiful nature and natural waterfalls surrounding us the entire hike. 10/10 I would most definitely do this again! Tip: wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and wet! Also bring a towel or a change of clothes to change into after for the ride back.
star-5
Amazing Adventure!
Rebeka_B, Nov 2021
El Yunque National Forest Tour from San Juan
This tour was the highlight of our trip! It’s full of adventure and the guides are great at ensuring safety while having fun! We climbed mud walls, cliff jumped—different heights for everyone’s comfort, rope swinging, definitely and active tour.
star-5
Amazing ! Must do!
Natasha_D, Nov 2021
Puerto Rico Guided Adventure in El Yunque rainforest
This was amazing !! I loved it ! Our tour guy Ian was so nice, made safety a priority and gave a great amount of education about the forest you can tell he loved his job. This is a Must do excursions! (be prepared read details on how to dress)
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Rain, rain
Jennifer_R, Sep 2021
El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine and Shop Adventure with transport
Pedro and the driver were awesome! We were not able to do the rock slide, swim in the river, or go to the beach due to the weather and flooding. Safety first 🥰 They couldn’t control the weather unfortunately. Lol… However, Pedro, the driver, and the tour company did everything within their power to make it up to us.
star-5
Excellent/Superb!
Ianna_G, Sep 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
If i could give this 100 stars i would! My tour guide Hector was FANTASTIC BEYOND PHENOMENAL! This was my first time in Puerto Rico & Hector made sure to give my group all the wonderful History of the island. He was so funny and so helpful. Took our pictures and also kept us safe and well informed. The transportation was clean and well equipped with safety PPEs. He made our trip 1000x more epic i would 100% recommend this excursion & if your looking for a good time HECTOR IS YOUR GUY!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The El Portal Rain Forest Center provides a good introduction to the area—pick up a map and follow the signposted trails.

  • Wear hiking boots, comfortable clothing, and bring a bathing suit; flip flops are not recommended.

  • Big Tree Trail is one of the most popular hiking routes in the forest; however, the trails are not accessible for wheelchair users or those with strollers.

  • Popular combination tours include a kayaking trip on the nearby bioluminescent bay and a visit to Luquillo Beach.

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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. Many tour operators offer round-trip transportation to El Yunque too.

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When to Get There

El Yunque is an easy half-day trip from Old San Juan. There's 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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How to Explore El Yunque

Home to a number of hiking trails and natural pools, it can be tricky to know where to begin in El Yunque. Follow one of the more popular routes along the La Coca trail, which is dotted with ponds perfect for a refreshing dip; alternatively, El Angelito trail rewards you with a fun rope swing and lagoon experience at the end. Whichever route you choose, there's lots to love at El Yunque.

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