El Yunque National Forest
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From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

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

After arriving at your stunning destination, you’ll enjoy a 30-minute hike up to the first mineral watering hole. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the landscape, swim in the water, take a thrilling ride on a rope swing, and free dive from different heights. Your adventure will then continue with another 15-minute hike to a second watering hole boasting a natural rock slide and a 40-foot dividing point into the waters below. Admire the natural beauty of this special location with its abundance of bamboo trees, unique flora, and rocky ‘waterslides’. You’ll then finish up this exciting day by visiting a quaint local restaurant to enjoy some delicious authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, grandma-style and well priced.

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From San Juan: Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour

2. From San Juan: Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in San Juan and travel along the Eastern Highway to the foothills of the Luquillo Mountains Range, where you will reach the El Yunque National Rainforest. Once at the zipline station, get equipped with your gear, harness, helmet, and hand gear in preparation for your aerial adventure. Explore 8 different sections, each strategically located within the rainforest canopy. Move between the landing platforms which are equipped with safety gear, handrails and guides that are there to meet you at each point. Discover the vastness of this lush tropical rainforest as you view it from the air at canopy level. Zoom through the air surrounded by nature for an exhilarating experience. Try to spot plant, animal and bird species as you fly through the air. After your exciting experience, be returned to your hotel in San Juan.

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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

3. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

Join your expert tour guide for an all-day excursion to the El Yunque Rainforest, then kayak with glowing planktons at a bio-luminescent bay. Start your adventure with a visit to the lesser-known zone of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Hike and explore this off-the-beaten-track habitat. Take a dip in a waterfall or natural pool, or try out the waterslides. Hear fascinating stories from your guide about natural and local history. Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. After the hike, take a break with some lunch at a local restaurant. Then its time for a kayak adventure through mangrove channels leading to the Laguna Grande. Meet the glowing microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Paddle in this remarkable yet safe environment. Explore these amazing creatures up close. Watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light that resembles fireflies. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life.

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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

4. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

Following a morning pickup at your accommodation, embark in direction of your bio bay and rainforest combo adventure. Enjoy the beautiful views along the scenic route through the Northside of the island and learn some facts about the areas from your guide. Make a stop in the town of Luquillo and enjoy some fresh local fruits before continuing the journey to Puerto Rico's majestic Rainforest. El Yunque is without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest natural wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, and the most studied forest in the United States National Forest System. It is the most biologically diverse forest, hosting hundreds of plants and animals - some of which are only found here in Puerto Rico. Once there, hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, until you'll arrive at a hidden gem located in the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy the breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest and take a swim in natural pools, refresh in the waterfalls, slide down an exhilarating waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. After an exciting first half of the day, you will have worked up an appetite. Make a stop for dinner at a local restaurant and savor Puerto Rican cuisine. Relax a bit until it’s time for your second part of your combo tour – the Bioluminescent Lagoon, one of planet earth's best-kept secrets. Begin your Fajardo Bio Bay kayak tour at Las Croabas. After receiving a safety briefing of kayaking 101, head toward the Red Mangrove Forest with an amazing view of the sunset. Enjoy kayaking for approximately 30 minutes, and admire the forests beautiful protected flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Laguna Grande, the sun will set and the magic begins. Tiny organisms called dinoflagellates make the water glow at night. Watch how sparkles appear in the water at every stroke of your paddle, follow the swirl of lights created by the kayaks, and admire the glowing fish in the darkness of the water.

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San Juan: El Yunque and Scenic Puerto Rico Instagram Tour

5. San Juan: El Yunque and Scenic Puerto Rico Instagram Tour

Take a road trip to the best and most-desired spots of Puerto Rico in a single tour. This Instagram trip focuses on visiting the most "Insta-worthy" sights for great pictures, history, culture, and adventure. This is a true local experience that visits the world-famous Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the United States Forest System. Visit Old San Juan’s top spots, with live commentary on the history behind the old structures, and plenty of photo stops. Later, visit a secret locals-only beach for a relaxing and authentically Caribbean experience. Your tour later ends with dinner, allowing you to experience the authentic flavors of Puerto Rico.

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From San Juan: El Yunque Waterfall Hiking & Cliff Jumping

6. 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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Fajardo: All Levels Snorkeling Tour to Icacos Island

7. Fajardo: All Levels Snorkeling Tour to Icacos Island

From the meeting point Marina Puerto Chico in Fajardo, start the day with a local pastry while receiving an overview of the itinerary for the day. Prepare yourself by protecting your skin from sun exposure and using the restrooms available in the marina. Once the group is ready, boarding the classic vessel will begin. Feel the breeze and mist of the Caribbean waters while navigating towards your destination on Icacos Island, located around 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 among the most eye catching. At the first stop, enjoy a guided snorkeling experience suitable for your own level of experience and explore the marine life. After the snorkeling, the bar opens so you can try out refreshing signature drinks such as Piña Colada with or without rum. A deli-style buffet lunch is also offered, with local bread, a ham and cheese platter, a meat-free green salad, a meat-free pasta salad, a chicken salad, and local chips. Delight in this refreshing lunch prepared daily to charge your energy levels back up. The second stop of the trip will be at Icacos Island beach. Here you’ll have time for hiking and beach exploration while the bar remains open with the deck perfect for sunbathing. Create memories in the crystal clear waters of the island, part of La Cordillera Nature Reserve.  After an amazing day filled with memorable moments, return to the marina for a fresh fruit platter, cookies, and great music with your new friends.

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What people are saying about El Yunque National Forest

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Wet and muddy but great fun for 3 teens and their parents. The hike is not far but to maneuver the trail is no joke: slippery rock climbing in places. Andres and Adriana were excellent, helpful, and fun. Would absolutely do this again and recommend it for all who are physically able!

Both guides Enrique and Adrianna were awesome for the tour friendly and knowledgeable. The waterfalls, slides, jumps and swimming holes are beautiful. For some reason the lunch at the end was skipped but the real draw of the trip, El Yunque, didn't disappoint

Absolutely incredible experience! Marlo was our tour guide and he completed the whole experience with his vibrancy, knowledge, and incredible personality! One of the best experiences we had in Puerto Rico! Thank you Marlo!

Excellent tour of the rain forest! The guides were very knowledgeable about the history, traditions, and culture of Puerto Rico. Be sure to bring old shoes - they will get muddy.

My wife and I had a good time on this tour. We enjoyed the natural waterslide and rope jumps. Andrea and Andres were great tour guides.