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

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

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.

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From San Juan: Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour

3. 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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El Yunque: RainForest Experience

4. El Yunque: RainForest Experience

Visit the Caribbean National Rain Forest, known as El Yunque, the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. Learn about its rugged land, which climbs from almost sea level to about 3,500 feet above sea level and is doused with up to 200 inches of rain every year. Hear the story of the good spirit "Yuquiyu", part of an ancient legend, who reigned on his mighty mountain-top throne, protecting Puerto Rico and its people. See the same sights as those that dazzled the first Spanish Explorers more than 500 years ago, see the forest from the 69-foot Yokahú tower, and take beautiful pictures at La Coca Falls. Marvel at 1,000-year-old trees, strange plants with exotic rainbow-colored flowers, and thick vines with great masses of lush red blossoms waving in the cool breeze. Hear the incessant, yet delightful tow-note chanting of the "Coqui," the chattering of unseen tropical birds, and, with some luck, the squawk of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.

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From San Juan: El Yunque Waterfall Hiking & Cliff Jumping

5. 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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El Yunque National Park: Rainforest Night Nature Walk

6. El Yunque National Park: Rainforest Night Nature Walk

Begin your journey of El Yunque National Forest at the start of the Angelito trail, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take you on your nocturnal walking tour. Marvel at the height of the hardwood trees surrounding you, listen to the croaking coqui frogs, smell the blooming flowers' fragrance, and feel the misty rainforest atmosphere around you as you walk through the lush greenery. Enjoy the trails and swimming holes free of other tourists, as this tour is the only one permitted into the forest after 6 PM. Learn about the rainforest's diverse flora and fauna from your expert guide, 60% of which only becomes active after dark, and see the native Puerto Rican cucullo fireflies light up the rainforest, among many other bright insects and animals.

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What people are saying about El Yunque National Forest

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!

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.

It was beautiful, the hike was pretty easy. Our guides were kind and helpful. The girls made us a beautiful snack of fresh fruit.