El Yunque Rainforest, Bioluminescent Bay Tour from San Juan

Day Trips & Excursions in Puerto Rico

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If you're looking for an active way to experience Puerto Rico's native environment, take advantage of this combo adventure from San Juan! It includes a nature hike in an off the beaten path way that will lead you to amazing natural pools, waterfall and waterslides, followed by a nighttime kayaking tour on the bioluminescent bay. These two natural wonders provide a fascinating look at the island's ecology. You will also enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican lunch between both activities to enhance your cultural experience (food cost not included in tour price). Please make sure to read the description carefully. Trails used at the El Yunque Rainforest have been modified post hurricane 2017. This is now a moderate to strenuous activity that may not be suitable for everyone.
Your full-day tour starts with pickup in San Juan for the drive to El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System and a must-see if you're a nature lover. Get adventurous, get muddy and off the paved trail!  Go on a hike to explore different zones of the rain forest, lesser known to the public, and enjoy beautiful views of the forest, natural pools and Atlantic Ocean during these 4 hours at the Forest.  Once we arrive to the skirts of El Yunque we will start with a 25-30 minute journey on a river wading and rock scaling path to the river. Here you will see bamboo trees, rain-forest flowers, and many other beautiful plants and experience various rivers, waterfalls and walk through natural trails.  We will make a stop to visit a collecting pool that forms at the base of a small waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to swim on it’s crystal clear waters, and enjoy the different tones of its deep pools. A glimpse at the first waterfall, great for pictures opportunities! This portion of the adventure finishes in a pool area, its best kept secret. After a few minutes of hiking and rock climbing to the upper sections (more strenuous and optional), arrive at a natural river where you can swim, swing from a rope to the river, enjoy the natural water slides and small waterfalls. After the hike, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant (food cost not included) before joining your guided nighttime bioluminescent bay kayak tour, which takes you into the mystical mangrove channels leading to Laguna Grande. Look into the water to see the glowing pyrodiniumbahamense, microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand or paddle. Admire these amazing organisms up close as you paddle on a 2-person kayak through the mangroves for an estimate of 30-minutes, and learn from your eco-tour guide about this fragile and unique ecosystem. Once reached the lagoon, you will have some time to play with the water (from within the kayak) and receive more information, before we head back to the mangrove channels for another kayaking journey of approximately 30 minutes .  Enjoy provided snacks at the end of the kayak tour, before returning to San Juan.

What’s included

  • 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, Gatorade and light snacks
  • First aid equipment 

What’s not included

  • Gratuity for your tour guide is not included, but greatly appreciated.
  • Lunch
  • Additional fee for pick ups outside of San Juan will apply (Dorado, Bayamon, Rio Grande, Fajardo, Humacao)

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • All entrance fees included
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