Puerto rico adventures: Hiking | Discover Puerto Rico

Hiking | Discover Puerto Rico

El Yunque is the quintessential stop for nature lovers and hiking aficionados.

When you get outside of San Juan to explore the rest of Puerto Rico’s main island, you’ll discover a breathtaking array of landscapes to explore, from jagged mountain peaks in the center of the Island to golden beaches, rocky cliffs, and verdant forest wrapping around.

And, one of the best ways to appreciate all of the natural beauty is to spend time wandering through it on foot. Hiking is an activity that just comes naturally here.

Beginner or expert, there is a trail waiting to be discovered by you. Some of the Island’s most popular hiking trails are in El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. The trails at the forest park offer convenient resting stops, stunning waterfall views, epic scenery, and a refreshing ambiance. Just be sure to pack fresh water, sturdy shoes, and a change of clothes.

Exploring El Yunque’s Hiking Trails

Drastically different from the rainforest is the Guánica State Forest, a desert-like forest that offers a tropical and rocky coastline trail. There, you’ll find around 10 trails – from easy to expert – that lead you to remote beaches and spectacular views. You can also birdwatch as you make your way through this unique ecosystem.

Other inviting trails include the famous Guajataca Forest, where the serenity of the forest is unlike any other, and the karst landscape (denoted by craggy limestone features) makes a unique environment. Or, choose from nearly 300 miles of coastline that make up Puerto Rico’s stunning shores… because who doesn’t like a nice walk on the beach.

Discover Popular Hiking Trails

“Hola” from the central mountains of Puerto Rico! 

El Yunque is the quintessential stop for nature lovers and hiking aficionados.

From the rainforest to dry forest, the Island’s landscape is rich in diversity.   

The Island is filled with hiking paths, all varying in difficulty and length.  

The best hikes are the ones that end with a swim in a pristine river.

Descubra una gran variedad de rutas de senderismo en todo Puerto Rico, desde el Bosque Nacional El Yunque hasta humedales y reservas en toda la Isla.

More Hiking Trails

Follow the trails around the Los Morrillos Lighthouse in Cabo Rojo

The Best Easy Hikes in Puerto Rico

These trails are easily accessible and give visitors the chance to explore more of Puerto Rico.

The Lluberas trail is the longest trail in the Dry Forest at nearly 10 miles round trip and has several side trails.

The Most Challenging Hikes in Puerto Rico

Prepare to get sweaty and enjoy some of the best views the island has to offer.

Hiking trail at Guánica Dry Forest.

Popular Hiking Trails in Puerto Rico

Mountains peaks, oceanside cliffs, cloud forests, salt flats: Puerto Rico is a hiker’s paradise.

Unforgettable Hikes in Puerto Rico

Sea caves, a secret beach, volcanic rocks, and more on hikes in Puerto Rico.

Sunset views of Puerto Rico’s mountains. 

A Week-Long Adventure for Outdoor Enthusiasts

An off-the-beaten-path, adventure-packed escape for intrepid souls.

Parks & Preserves | Discover Puerto Rico

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System.

Puerto Rico is a nature lover’s dream: 36 nature reserves, 19 state forests, approximately 300 beaches, and the only tropical rainforest in the National Park System all await your exploration.

El Yunque, Puerto Rico’s tropical rainforest, is a truly magical place about one hour from San Juan. Waterfalls, incredible views, and the freshest air around await you at this enchanting National Park.

For another unique experience visit Guánica’s Dry Forest, considered the best-preserved dry forest in the Caribbean. While that may sound unlikely on a tropical island like Puerto Rico, that’s just one of the many fascinating aspects of the island’s ecosystems.

Hacienda La Esperanza Nature Reserve in Manatí and the Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve in Fajardo are also not to be missed. Regardless of your skill set, hiking and exploring Puerto Rico’s parks and natural spaces should be on every outdoor enthusiast’s bucket list.

Puerto Rico’s Great Outdoors

Susúa Forest

This forest’s 3,240 acres are located on the foothills of the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico. Susúa is a transitional forest between the Guánica Dry Forest on the south and the Maricao humid forest to the north of the island.

Islas Cordilleras

La Cordillera Nature Reserve is made up of roughly 10 islands, and they are ready to welcome you!

Monte del Estado State Forest

This state forest, located in Maricao, features campgrounds, trails, and plenty of room in which to enjoy the scenery and observe Puerto Rico’s native flora and fauna.

Cabezas de San Juan

A bioluminescent lagoon, mangroves, coral reefs, dry forests, sandy and rocky beaches set between headlands—visit all these ecosystems in one place: the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Hacienda La Esperanza

This Natural Reserve was one of the most advanced and rich sugar estates of the 19th century is today the largest nature reserve in the northwest region of Puerto Rico.

Humacao Wildlife Reserve

Humacao Wildlife Reserve is home to terrains as diverse as bogs, swamps and lagoons. This reserve is essential for the preservation of resources found in Humacao and all of Puerto Rico.

Mosquito Bay

Did you know that Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico is the brightest bio bay around the world? This recognition was awarded by Guinness World Records in 2006.

Guánica State Forest & Biosphere Reserve is the best example of a dry forest in the Caribbean region. 

Overlooking the beach at the Mosquito Pier in Vieques.

Lush vegetation at Toro Negro State Forest in Puerto Rico.

A gorgeous tree-lined path at Paseo Lineal Juan Antonia Corretjer in Ciales.

Cabo Rojo is home to a wildlife refuge and many pristine beaches.

Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park is one of Puerto Rico’s lushest spots.

Paseo Lineal Bayamón, a pastoral park just west of San Juan.

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