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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

Carabalí Rainforest Park: Rainforest Horseback Riding Tour

1. Carabalí Rainforest Park: Rainforest Horseback Riding Tour

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Carabalí Rainforest Park. Admire the stunning flora and fauna of a unique ecosystem on a guided family-friendly horseback tour, suitable for all abilities. Upon arrival, meet your ideal horse who will be matched with you according to your height, weight, and riding ability. Have a short safety briefing for a safe and fun excursion, before departing on your adventure through the lush natural surroundings. Ride through the beautiful landscape of the rainforest, admiring the vibrant colors of various plant species around you. Explore the foothills of El Yunque National Forest and ride along the banks of the Mameyes River. Learn a little bit about the natural history of the area, as well as the organization of the park itself. Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour riding tour and enjoy a relaxing day in a serene natural retreat.

El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

2. 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.

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

3. 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 Waterslide Tour

4. 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.

From Fajardo: Cayo Icacos Afternoon Snorkeling Tour

5. From Fajardo: Cayo Icacos Afternoon Snorkeling Tour

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

Carabalí Rainforest Park: UTV Adventure Tour

6. Carabalí Rainforest Park: UTV Adventure Tour

Embark on a UTV adventure through the Carabalí Rainforest Park near the El Yunque National Forest. Admire the spectacular scenery in the area as you get off-road using the power of your 4×4 vehicle. Upon arrival, receive a safety introduction and instructions on how to correctly operate your vehicle. Gear up with helmets before speeding off on this offroad adventure. Set off on either a Honda Pioneer or Can Am Maverick UTV and begin to explore this special part of Puerto Rico's east coast. Take in panoramic views of the island's lush scenery as you discover the El Yunque Forest.

From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslides Day Trip

7. 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 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.

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

9. 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 it's 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. Please read the entire Know Before You Go section to make sure you meet our Safety Requirements and Limitations in order to participate.

From Fajardo: Cayo Icacos Afternoon Snorkeling Tour

10. From Fajardo: Cayo Icacos Afternoon Snorkeling Tour

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

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What people are saying about El Yunque National Forest

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,724 reviews

Jason did an amazing job guiding us through the rainforest. He talked about the plants and the history behind them. What stood out the most was the way he kept referring to everyone in the group as family and he made sure everyone was good and even encouraged my husband to get in the water . He was extremely patient and also funny. He made sure everyone have a great and memorable experience.

They were very accommodating and picked us up from a bakery that was 5 minutes walking distance from our air b n b. The hike was long, but do able even as a person not so in shape haha. The tour guides we’re amazing and helpful. The bioluminescent water is something everyone needs to see once in their life, absolutely astonishing.

Our tour guides were friendly and explained step by step the do's and dont's very well of how to guide the horse especially since it was our first time. The scenic route taken was nice. The horses were absolutely beautiful and trained well. I recommend coming here for your horse back riding experience.

Husband and had the best time with Rocky and Rodney plus the rest of the pack. This was a great experience!

The experience was great! The tour lady, Talia was wonderful. She was patient, knowledgeable and friendly.