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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

Fajardo: El Yunque Rainforest Hike and Waterslide Adventure

1. Fajardo: El Yunque Rainforest Hike and Waterslide Adventure

Immerse youself in the spectacular El Yunque Rainforest as you enjoy a day of guided hiking. Encounter watering holes, rope swining, and climb a rock water slide. Meet your guide at the meeting point and follow them into the rainforest in your own vehicle. Start your experience with a short hike to the first mineral water watering hole. Enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Next, embark on a second hike for a different watering hole. At this stop, climb up a natural rock slide and feel the thrill of jumping off a 40-foot cliff into the river. Learn all about the rainforest as you go from your guide as you get to know it as a local. Hear historical facts and information about the ecosystem as you go about your trip.

Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

2. Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

Join this guided tour in Luquillo to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Puerto Rico's tropical rainforest of El Yunque. Learn about its rich flora and fauna while following natural trails, wading through rivers, and swimming in natural pools and waterfalls. Start your day by meeting your guide at the local fruit stand “Frutera Flores” in the town of Luquillo. Here, your guide will pick up a variety of fresh local fruit for the tour, and you have the opportunity to purchase some local fritters and/or a fresh fruit smoothie. After this stop, follow your guide in your rental car to the majestic El Yunque Rainforest- without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest Natural Wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, the most biologically diverse, and the most studied forest in the US National Forest System. After an interpretive hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, arrive at a hidden gem found in the heart of the rainforest. This breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest is like a natural playground. Here, have the chance to swim in the natural pools, refresh in waterfalls, slide down an exhilarating waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. Along with all of this excitement, you will also have time to simply relax to the sounds of cascading waters and take in the beauty of this very special place.

From Fajardo: Icacos Island Boat Tour with Snorkeling

3. From Fajardo: Icacos Island Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Experience a Puerto Rican cruise from the water and head to a coral reef of Cayo Icacos to snorkel. Spend time off-board snorkeling or stay onboard, with snacks and snorkeling gear provided. Your late afternoon boat tour begins in Marina Puerto Chico in Fajardo, with a quick overview of the itinerary. Once your group is ready, you will continue towards boarding the vessel and receive a mandatory briefing prior to dock departure. As you navigate towards your destination on Icacos Island, feel the breeze and mist of the Caribbean waters, about 4 nautical miles from the marina. Music and viewing sites are part of this experience, with the El Yunque National Forest and the Fajardo Lighthouse being amongst the most eye-catching. The boat will stop for the afternoon where you can enjoy the warm crystal clear waters surrounded by one of the coral reefs of Icacos Island. Before sundown have the opportunity to join a guided snorkeling experience, suited to your own level of experience and explore marine life. Swim, float, and relax as you experience the afternoon from the water or aboard the boat. Light snacks and signature drinks will be served with the option of adding local rum to your drinks. Before sundown, you'll return to the marina in the company of great music and new local friends.

From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

4. From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

Go on an adventure to the rainforest and learn about different natural gems on this guided day trip. With courtesy transportation included, you can experience a journey of historical experiences. Upon arriving at your destination, visit the east side of the El Yunque Rainforest to enjoy a short hike to the first waterfall. There, you can enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Further up the trail, there is another watering hole with a natural rock slide and cliff jump into the river. Learn about the history of the rainforest, iguanas, guava trees, bamboos, and 100-year-old trees. Marvel at nature and explore a Puerto Rican rainforest. End your trip by having lunch at a local small family-owned restaurant that serves authentic grandma-style food for an additional cost. On this tour, you can enjoy a unique local experience with our team of local guides.

Carabalí Rainforest Park: Rainforest Horseback Riding Tour

5. Carabalí Rainforest Park: Rainforest Horseback Riding Tour

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Carabalí Rainforest Park. Admire the stunning flora and fauna of a unique ecosystem on a guided family-friendly horseback tour, suitable for all abilities. Upon arrival, meet your ideal horse who will be matched with you according to your height, weight, and riding ability. Have a short safety briefing for a safe and fun excursion, before departing on your adventure through the lush natural surroundings. Ride through the beautiful landscape of the rainforest, admiring the vibrant colors of various plant species around you. Explore the foothills of El Yunque National Forest and ride along the banks of the Mameyes River. Learn a little bit about the natural history of the area, as well as the organization of the park itself. Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour riding tour and enjoy a relaxing day in a serene natural retreat.

From San Juan: El Yunque Forest Off the Beaten Path Tour

6. From San Juan: El Yunque Forest Off the Beaten Path Tour

Feel like a true explorer on an off-the-beaten-path tour in the heart of the El Yunque Rainforest. Avoid big crowds as you blaze a trail to the lesser-known attractions of the lush tropical rainforest. The initial hike is a 25-30 minute journey up a rock and dirt path with some river wading. This trail is surrounded by bamboo trees, rainforest flowers, and many other beautiful plants. Visit a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in its crystal clear waters and admire the colors of its deep pools. Enjoy the cascades of the waterfall and take the opportunity to snap pictures. Continue exploring the rainforest and end your adventure in another pool area, the rainforest's best-kept secret. After a few minutes of hiking, arrive at a river where you can swim, swing from a rope into the river, and enjoy natural water slides.

San Juan/Carolina: El Yunque National Forest Trip with Hike

7. San Juan/Carolina: El Yunque National Forest Trip with Hike

Customers will be pick up at their place if staying old San Juan, condado or isla verde, drive up to the mountain during that time we talk about history, culture of the island, once at the forest we head straight to an observation tower about 1600 feet above sea level for a great 360 degree view of the forest and a nice view of Atlantic Ocean, then start heading down to an 85 feet tall waterfall for pictures, then start going down to do a 20 minutes low impact hike that will lead us to a river for a refreshing swim (weather permitted), after 35-40 minutes swim hike back to the van and head to a local fruit market for lunch (not included), once everybody eats we drive back to drop the customers at the different pick up points.

From Fajardo: Icacos Island Full-Day Catamaran Trip

8. From Fajardo: Icacos Island Full-Day Catamaran Trip

Spend a day in the sun with lunch and specialty drinks includes, taking you out on the clear waters of the Caribbean and along the Fajardo coastline aboard a catamaran. Set sail in the morning from Puerto del Rey Marina, the largest and best-kept marina in the Caribbean. On board the catamaran's deck you will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains in the El Yunque National Forest, as well as the beaches along the Fajardo coastline. After a comfortable sail of about 45 minutes, you will anchor at one of the small deserted islands and cays off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Normally it is the island of Icacos, but the captain will sometimes head to Cayo Lobo or Palominos if the conditions are better for the day. Once you arrive, step off into shallow water and spend the next 1.5 hours walking on the beach, beachcombing, and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Return on board to enjoy your pre-packed lunch. Sodas, water, and juices are also available, and those with a taste for the sweeter things in life will want to sample the specialty piña coladas and tropical rum punch. When you have eaten your fill, the boat will head a short distance out and anchor over the reef for another 1 or 2 hours of swimming or relaxing. A leisurely sail back to Marina Puerto del Rey will bring you back to the dock, with plenty of time to enjoy your afternoon and evening in Fajardo.

El Yunque National Rainforest: Nature Walk and Beach Trip

9. El Yunque National Rainforest: Nature Walk and Beach Trip

Enjoy a hike full of nature, waterfalls and breathtaking views through the El Yunque National Rainforest, with plenty of opportunities for swimming. First, head to La Coca Falls. Watch as water cascades into the 26-meter drop below and admire an impressive rock formation at the bottom of the falls which would make the perfect screensaver. Next, climb to the top of the Yokahú Observation Tower to admire panoramic views of the rainforest canopy and surrounding area. Your final stop is Puento Roto, the most popular water play area in the park. After the rainforest, board the bus again and travel to Luquillo Beach and Kiosks, where you'll stay for two hours where you can buy something to eat or relax on the beach before returning. Wrap up the day by returning to your original pickup location.

From San Juan: El Yunque Waterfall Hiking & Cliff Jumping

10. From San Juan: El Yunque Waterfall Hiking & Cliff Jumping

Visit waterfalls, rivers, and forests in a tropical rain forest. Challenge yourself to a guided hike. Swim in the waters and jump from scenic spots. Discover diverse ecosystems and breathtaking views throughout the park. Encounter the endemic flora, fauna and refreshing rivers along the way. Find pools and a tall rock face at the riverbed. Admire a majestic waterfall as you enter the clearing from under the canopy. Receive detailed pointers on what to expect in certain spots and how to best interact with the landscape around you. Enjoy the opportunity to swim and get to know of a few places to jump from. Start from the trailhead and continue to the waterfall before returning on the same trail to the vehicle. Experience local culture and the essence of Puerto Rico with a traditional lunch.

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What people are saying about El Yunque National Forest

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,816 reviews

Besides the extremely muddy trails which made it that much harder to hike, as well my war wound that I hit after fall in the mud (lol) my husband’s and my experience was absolutely amazing! I took him to PR to celebrate his bday and this was one of the activities I had booked. I had been here 12 years ago and I had a blast back then. We’ll it was certainly one for the books and He had an amazing time! Our guide Gian was also great, knowledgeable, and a lot of fun! Besides the fact that he had to race down the waterfall slide to tend to my hubby whose shoes came off in the water, it was a blast to be had!!lol GREAT TIMES!

We are fairly experienced riders and could have enjoyed a more “challenging” ride, but this experience is designed for all ages and skill levels. The company took great strides to make sure the equipment and ride were all safe. Our multiple guides were fantastic throughout. The entire venue is pretty incredible with various excursion opportunities, gift shop, and restaurant all available at the complex. Pretty impressive location just adjacent to the Yunque National Park.

This was an amazing experience. There were shuttles bringing us from different parts of the island to the location. The boat and the staff were perfect.

The experience was amazing, Bradley and Maxi were amazing guys, 100% recommended!

Excellence all the way around- knowledgeable guides who were happy to help