Welcome to El Yunque


The only rainforest in the US National Forest System, El Yunque (named after the Taíno god, Yúcahu) has 37km of trails, some short and paved, others long, steep and barely there. Almost all gain some elevation; one of the toughest is to El Yunque's peak, El Toro, almost 1100m above sea level. Both casual and experienced hikers are sure to find rewarding trails.

El Yunque has two entrances. The northern side, 40km east of San Juan, receives the majority of visitors. The southern side, near Naguabo, retains a wild pristine feel. Several guesthouses here have private trails leading into the El Yunque, making it easy to hike an entire day and not see a soul.


Top experiences in El Yunque

El Yunque activities

$66 Outdoor Activities

El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan

This half-day tour takes you to a place held sacred by the Puerto Rican locals. According to ancient Indian legend, the good spirit Yuquiyu reigned at El Yunque on his mighty mountain-top throne, protecting Puerto Rico and its people.On this fascinating tour, you'll pass typical native towns before ascending through rapidly changing vistas of amazing vegetation to reach El Yunque. The rainforest is home to more than 240 species of plants and wildlife, waterfalls, streams and hiking trails leading to enticing locations.You'll see tree orchids, giant ferns, wild flowers, tropical hardwoods and spectacular waterfalls, and see panoramic views of the entire north-east coast. The tour stops for vistas of the most beautiful sights on this tour, so don't forget to bring your camera!

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

El Yunque Rainforest Hiking and Swimming Adventure Tour

This amazing tour starts with a relaxing drive through the picturesque area of Canovanas and Rio Grande, leading to El Yunque National Forest Park from your San Juan hotel. At El Yunque National Forest Park you will see and experience various rivers, waterfalls and walk through natural trails. This trip takes place on the heart of El Yunque rain-forest which has a path to one of the coolest spots in the park. The initial hike/walk is a 25 to 35 minute journey up a dirt/rock path. This trail is surrounded by bamboo trees, rain-forest flowers, and many other beautiful plants. The first stop on this hike will be at a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall! People usually take their time here and cool off in the refreshing waters. We will then learn more information while visiting El Portal.After this stop (depending on the group pace this order may vary) we will take a break to have lunch (food cost not included).  Before we go to our last stop,the natural water slides.  This stop requires more moderate hiking over rocky uneven surfaces. After the hike, you will reach the destination at an amazing natural water slide! The water slide itself is about 20 feet long and it concludes with about a 10 foot drop into a collecting pool!

$150 Water Sports

El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay All-Day Tour

After your pickup from your hotel, Old San Juan starts at 9:30am, the first stop of the day is the El Yunque National Forest, a must-stop for all visitors of Puerto Rico. You'll spend time hiking and exploring the different zones of El Yunque rainforest. Your guide will cover subjects such as natural history education, medicinal and toxic plant identification, geology, ecology, pre-Colombian history, the island's history and many other subjects like survival tips.Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. Plus, take a dip in a waterfall if you're feeling adventurous.After the Rainforest we stop  at a famous area called Luquillo beach & Kiosks for lunch and relaxation before heading to Fajado to join a fully-guided nighttime 2-hour Biobay kayaking adventure into the mystical mangrove channels leading to “Laguna Grande.”There you will meet the island's glowing friends, the Pyrodinium Bahamense, microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Explore these amazing organisms up close as your professional eco guides take you to discover all its secrets.After a full-day of adventure, you'll be transported back to your hotel.

$195 Tours & Sightseeing

El Yunque Forest National Forest Park Early Access Guided Tour

Start your Viator Exclusive tour with early morning pickup from your San Juan or Metro Area hotel. Your certified tour guide will tell you about the history and of the National Park and answer questions you may have about El Yunque or Puerto Rico in general. This in-depth tour of El Yunque Rainforest allows you to beat the crowds by providing early access to the park! Spend up to an hour with the park completely to yourself!You will begin to tour El Yunque Rainforest while your expert guide provides informative commentary. Learn about the flora and fauna of the site and the animal life that occupies it. As you stroll among the amazing trails of this important National Forest Park, you’ll discover its beauty while you are immersed in a wild and secluded paradise, mesmerized by Mother Nature at her best. At the same time you will be fully infused with the vibrating energy of El Yunque’s rivers and clean air, just like the indigenous Taíno tribe did centuries ago. This small-group tour ensures that you will receive personalized attention throughout the 3 hours you will spend in the park. You will visit all of the top sites in the park such as the Visitors Center, the Yokahu Observation Tower and La Mina WaterFalls. La Mina Falls is one of the top attractions in the park and often has a large crowd. With your early access you will be able to visit the falls with only your group, giving you the opportunity to capture the perfect picture of the falls without people around.At the end of this tour there will be a stop for lunch (food cost not included) before returning to your San Juan hotel. With this Viator Exclusive tour, your early morning trip to El Yunque lets you beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!

$175 Day Trips & Excursions

El Yunque Rainforest Wilderness Adventure

Let the South side of El Yunque Rainforest captivate you with its lush vegetation, its huge boulders, its cascading rivers and its scenic views. You will be immersed in a wild, secluded paradise and mesmerized by Mother Nature's beauty at its best. At the same time you will be fully infused with the vibrating energy of El Yunque's rivers and clean air, just like the indigenous Taíno tribe did centuries ago. After hiking through the dense jungle you will be able to hop from boulder to boulder, dive from humongous towering rocks, go rappelling down the river's cascades, see some petroglyphs, playfully slide down smaller boulders and leisurely bathe in the river's cascades, ponds and whirpools. Nature will be your accomplice in this exhilarating adventure. It will reward you with a sense of accomplishment and a powerful surge of energy, which will be your driving force for days, months and years to come.The adventure begins at 8am at the basecamp located in Naguabo Town, then you will hike into the rainforest and experience a lot of activities like river trekking, rappelling, cliff jumping, waterfalls, swimming, whirlpools, sliding, body rafting, viewing petroglyphs and much more! The tour includes safety equipment such as a helmet, gloves, a life vest, rappelling equipment and attentive staff.

$80 Water Sports

Flyboarding Experience

The Flyboard is a board, much like a snowboard or a wakeboard, connected to a jet ski by a long hose. The water propulsion that usually powers the jet ski is diverted through the hose to the Flyboard. The rider (flyer) is strapped into boots attached to the Flyboard, and is lifted out of the water by water jets on the bottom of the Flyboard. As a flyer, you can "steer" the board with your feet and by shifting your weight. When you get some experience, you can also do fun maneuvers . The Flyboard "captain" (on the jet ski) controls the propulsion, which controls your height. You get a 10 minute training while still on the beach, and then the captain gives you instructions and pointers while you are out in the water.