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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

1. El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

Adventure into El Yunque Rainforest and enjoy a day of adventuring. Upon arrival, enjoy a 20- to 30-minute hike to the first mineral water watering hole. There you can enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Hike for another 15-minutes to a different watering hole. Here you’ll climb up a natural rock slide and jump off a 40-foot cliff into the river. On this trip, you'll enjoy nature on a unique rainforest adventure. This experience is focused on providing a truly local view of El Yunque, with historical facts and information about the ecosystem along the trip. This experience focuses on providing a unique local trip.

Icacos Island: 4-Hour Afternoon Snorkeling Tour

2. Icacos Island: 4-Hour Afternoon Snorkeling Tour

Experience a Puerto Rican cruise from the water and head to a coral reef of Icacos Island 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

3. 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.

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

4. 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 San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslides Day Trip

5. From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslides Day Trip

Feel like a true explorer and challenge yourself to an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the heart of the El Yunque Rainforest. Begin with a 25-30 minute journey up a rock and dirt path, along with some river wading. Enjoy being surrounded by bamboo trees, rainforest flowers, and many other beautiful plants as you hike into the refreshing natural pools. First, a visit to a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall. 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 into the forest as you climb to another set of pools (more advanced). Arrive at a river where you can swim, swing from a rope into the water, and enjoy natural water slides.

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.

From Fajardo: Icacos Island Snorkeling Boat Tour with Lunch

7. From Fajardo: Icacos Island Snorkeling Boat Tour with Lunch

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 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 packed 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.

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.

Icacos Island: 5-Hour Snorkeling Tour

9. Icacos Island: 5-Hour Snorkeling Tour

Head out of Fajardo on a boat cruise to snorkel in Puerto Rico's aquamarine sea. Sit back and relax on your cruise as you feel the salty breeze on your skin. After your snorkeling adventure, tuck into a light lunch onboard before continuing your water journey to discover Icacos Island and its pristine beach. 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, head on board. Feel the breeze and mist of the Caribbean waters while sailing towards your destination on Icacos Island, located around 4 nautical miles from the marina. Listen to music and see sites en route, with the El Yunque National Forest and the Fajardo Lighthouse being among the most eye-catching. At your first stop, embark on a guided snorkeling experience and explore the rich surrounding marine life. After snorkeling, try out refreshing complimentary local drinks at the onboard bar, such as a Piña Colada or the signature Coco Libre. Tuck into a tropical-style lunch to regain energy, which includes fresh island fruits, cold pasta, chicken salad, local bread, chips, and local pastries for dessert (menu items may vary). Complimentary beverages include a variety of soft drinks. Then, sail on to Icacos Island beach. Here, hike and explore the beach while the bar remains open on the boat's deck, which is also 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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about El Yunque National Forest

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 860 reviews

My group Loved the Rainforest. Ivan and Johnsie we're the best guides. They were patient, helpful, caring, inspiring and informative. The history they told about the island and how the name Puerto Rico came to be was intriguing. They encouraged everyone to get through the course when some wanted to give up. Their free spirit and high enthusiasm made the adventure well worth the final task. I have already recommended this to friends that I know are coming to the island. I have also give them the names of our guides Ivan And Johnsie so they can experience the adventure the same way we did. ENJOY THIS. IT WAS GREAT!!!

This rainforest adventure was so much fun. The hike was definitely a workout but it was worth it because the water slide was amazing and the jumping off the rocks were exhilarating. Maxine and Amauri were awesome tour guides. They moved the group at a good pace. They helped with assisting up on rocks, when needed. They were very knowledgeable about the different parts of the rainforest. Their picture skills were in point. They also suggested a great place for lunch, La Fonda Gourmet. It was delicious. Thank you!

This was an excellent activity. We had Miguel and Alec as our tour guides and they were amazing. There was a history lesson about the rainforest and so much motivation to get to the top. It's a physical activity so be ready to work. All the work is totally worth the reward.

Natalia and Jami were amazing guides and made the experience so much more fun. I would highly recommend doing this excursion.

We had a lot of fun Jessie and maxim We're awesome. I recommend.