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El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour

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San Juan, Caribbean
El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get back to nature in Puerto Rico thanks to this 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.
  • Explore Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest on a guided tour
  • Admire exotic plant life like wildflowers, tree orchids, giant ferns and wild ginger
  • Marvel at the beauty of La Coca Falls as it plunges into a shallow pool below
  • Learn about the rainforest ecosystem from the educational displays at El Portal Visitor Center
  • Take in the great views of Puerto Rico from on top of Yokahú Tower
  • Great way to escape the city to see a more natural side of Puerto Rico
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Complimentary pickup and drop-off in selected areas of San Juan (Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde locations and touristic zones)
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Certified Tour Guide
Live narration in English
Bottled Water and light snacks
First aid equipment
Gratuities
This tour does not include a stop for lunch

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8:00 AM

Please arrive 45 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Complimentary pick up in selected areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Ocean Park and Calle Loiza. Meeting point available by PR-3 in Rio Grande. Exact pick up time will be provided the day prior to the tour.
Receive an included pickup in the morning from your San Juan hotel, after which you’ll transfer by air-conditioned bus or van through a number of local Puerto Rican towns heading to El Yunque, one of the oldest forest reserves in the Western Hemisphere.

You’ll continue into the rainforest, heading to the first trailhead to take your first guided nature walk. As you wander along the trail, your guide will introduce you to the exotic varieties of flowers and the fresh ginger that grow alongside your route. You’ll also learn about the reserve’s significance to the local Taino Indians, who have long considered the area as sacred.

Continue to the reserve’s El Portal Visitor Center, where you’ll have time to explore the exhibits including an elevated forest walkway, walking trails, and educational displays as you learn more about this unique ecosystem. Leave the visitor center behind and head to La Coca Falls, an 85-foot (26-meter) cascade that plunges down a series of rock formations into a shallow pool.

Then head to Yokahú Tower, a 69-foot (21-meter) tall tower offering unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside, plus a range of lush plant life like wild flowers, giant ferns, tropical hardwoods, and tree orchids growing nearby. After your stop at the tower, you’ll receive a transfer back to your San Juan hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catarata La Coca
After an estimate hour drive from San Juan, upon arrival to El Yunque National Rainforest we will visit this world known 85 feet (26 m) waterfall. Here you will have great picture opportunities!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
El Yunque Rain Forest
We will then visit other areas of the Forest, as your Certified tour guide continues to share interesting facts about the Rainforest and Puerto Rico in general. A stop at Yocahú Observation Tower, where you will climb 98 spiral steps to the top where views are unobstructed and far-reaching. At this point you are 1,500 feet (457 m) above sea level. A final stop at Angelito Trail (or equivalent when closed to the public) in order to do an estimate 15 minute walk to appreciate another waterfall and river. As you wander along the trail, your guide will introduce you to the exotic varieties of flowers and the fresh ginger that grow alongside your route. You’ll also learn about the reserve’s significance to the local Taino Indians, who have long considered the area as sacred. Depending on the group pace (and cruise passengers schedule) you may have a brief time to bathe on it's refreshing waters. Be prepared with swimsuit underneath and a towel in the event we can make this stop (not guaranteed).
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: contact phone number or email, ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A minimum of 8 persons is required for the tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. This activity operates on limited days a week.
  • The duration of transfers from San Juan to the Forest is 1 hour each way approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions. Estimate activity duration includes driving time.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Have a good breakfast before departing, as this tour does not include stop to eat.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Children 0-6 years must use car seats in order to participate on tour (can be provided complimentary if requested with anticipation, and is subject to availability).
  • Children must have purchased ticket regardless the age.
  • Travel light and only bring the necessary to the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like passport, large sums of cash or credit cards. Cell phones require waterproof case. Bespoke Lifestyle Management will not be responsible for lost or stolen belongings. No luggage allowed on the buses.
  • Please be ready at confirmed location 5-10 minutes prior to the confirmed time, bus will only wait 5 minutes per pick up stop.
  • The El Yunque National Forest Half Day tour is led by Bespoke Lifestyle Management, who operates under special use permit 4024-03 on the El Yunque National Forest and operates on a non-discriminatory basis.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bespoke Lifestyle Management
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Other stops along the way were beautiful waterfalls (wear hiking shoes if you want to climb the waterfall), the Yokahu Tower which is an easy climb for a beautiful view of the island." See review
  • "For those who want a sustained walking trek, this may not be the best tour." See review

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star-4
Thanks
Amy_R
, Oct 2021
La coca falls was great, we appreciated Francisco’s stories. We also enjoyed the quick stop at the food trucks.
star-5
It was amazing!
Riley_S
, Jun 2021
Our half day tour was not able to happen but they did call us to see if we wanted to upgrade to a full day for only 25 dollars more per person!! And we are soooo glad we did! Just go ahead and just schedule the full day! Our tour guides Julian and pocho were absolutely perfect and amazing and knowledgeable
star-5
Highlight of your visit
Tiana_G
, May 2021
Julian was an excellent tour guide. He was funny, knowledgeable, and helpful. He and his team took some great pictures and was able to download them to us immediately. Overall, the tour was strenuous and adventurous, but the sweat it created was cooled off nicely with a dip in the water.
star-3
Didn’t go
Sharis_A
, Apr 2021
No experience planned to do a half day was called the day before and offered a full day which did not fit my schedule. Awaiting a refund. I’ll give it 3 stars just because someone reached out to me
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Sharis, We understand and respect your position. I am sorry it didn't work out. We expected for this part of the forest to have reopened by now for us to offer tours again, but it has been delayed. Our most sincere apologies. Rest assured full refund was issued on April 17th.
star-5
CHERISHED MEMORY
Katie_D
, Mar 2021
We were lucky enough to have Frank and his team! What a great guide!! We were switched from the hiking tour to another, due to covid and park access issues. It was the greatest thing that happened for our trip to PR. Natural water slides, cliff jumping, climbing dynamic terrain..! Perfect day and really made our trip. It was challenging, fun and really tests your courage. So thankful for the opportunity. By the end of the day you basically feel bonded with the people you toured with. It is not something that can be easily described, but definitely an adventure you won't soon forget! Speaking as a mother, with kids 5-17, I would still say do it. The kids really adapted and enjoyed the climbing, mud and scenery. The older ones loved the water adventure side of the tour too! And again, Frank was amazing and made everyone comfortable! He provided extra help with the little ones and was very accommodating! Bring money to tip, they really earn it!
star-3
Excursion switched out the evening before
Courtney_A
, Mar 2021
We was expecting a nice stroll through a beautiful rain forest.. instead we received a very intense rock climbing experience.
4 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
Beautiful but disappointed
Jonathan_R
, Feb 2021
The hike was beautiful; unfortunately, it was not as advertised. I understand some parts of the park are closed due to COVID, but i wish this had been reflected in the activity’s description, which promised a climb up the observation tower. I was also disappointed that the guides were not explicit about litter and masks. Many of the participants were littering in the jungle, and guides did not talk about litter before the hike. In addition, guides did not enforce mask wearing on the bus, and many participants and the guides as well did not wear a mask for significant portions of the bus ride. I felt extremely unsafe. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and the opportunity to slide down a rock into a refreshing pool of water!
star-5
Loved it
Tracey_M
, Jan 2021
Franky was the best tour guide ever..lol. had a great time, was the highlight of our vacation. Thank you very much
star-5
Super fun and physically engaging day
Allia_R
, Jan 2021
Frankie was our tour guide, he was extremely nice and knowledgeable about the rainforest and Puerto Rico in general. The trip was entertaining and was definitely a workout, we definitely earned the amazing lunch we had afterwards too.
star-4
Trek for water activities
Marianne_D
, Jan 2021
Our tour guide Hector had great enthusiasm and knowledge of the rainforest. His generous energy made the trek enjoyable. The trek itself was actually shorter than expected - a lot of time was spent on the slides and Tarzan ropes. This is great for those who are looking for water activities. For those who want a sustained walking trek, this may not be the best tour.

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