El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System. Its 28,000 acres of land is home to a diversity of flora and fauna some of which are found nowhere else in the world. In your visit to El Yunque your senses will awaken, you will experience the Earthy smell of nature, the soft breeze will carry the aromatic fragrance of flowers, the luscious greenery and colors of beautiful flowers will be etched in your memories like pictures from a camera, the singing of birds and coquis plus the sounds of cascading waters will hypnotize and relax you while the refreshing waters of its rivers will revive you.
What to expect:
On this off the beaten path tour we will begin our journey with a scenic drive thru the northeast coast, passing various beaches on the town of Loiza, cradle to our African heritage. Our 1st stop will be a small Cave which was once under water. There you will get to see petrified corals and it will be a great photo opportunity. Our next stop will be a beautiful river on the outskirts of the forest where we will do a small hike that leads us to a rope swing into the river and there is also a 10ft jump platform into the water. Our last stop will be the natural water slides. The water slide itself is about 25 feet long and it concludes with a drop into a collecting pool of water. For those that rather be spectators you can just sit back and relax or enjoy a swim at the natural pool. Hikes are considered easy to moderate.
Duration: Allow for 5 to 6 hours from pick up to drop off.
When: Monday through Sunday with pick-ups beginning at 8:00am. Pick up and drop off time can be customized for larger groups
Who: We welcome ages 7 and over. Participants must be physically able to walk on un-even terrain. Parts of the hikes have some incline and require balance.
What to bring and how to prepare:
- Dress comfortable – Shorts and t-shirt or Dri-Fit Clothing
- Swimming suit on at the time of pick up
- Bring a towel
- Poncho or rain jacket
- Wear comfortable shoes for walking in slippery and wet terrain (sneakers or sport sandals)
- Extra change of clothes
- Extra pair of socks for the natural water slides
Included in the cost: The cost includes transportation from the area of San Juan (Old San Juan, Condado, Santurce, Miramar, Isla Verde-Carolina), entrance to the rainforest, entrance to the natural water slides, cold waters and a certified tour guide for the duration of the excursion.
Not Included: Meals and gratuity which is greatly appreciated for our guides.