San juan el yunque: El Portal de El Yunque

From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

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Explore El Yunque National Forest on a day trip from San Juan. Enjoy natural water slides created by waterfalls running through rocks, and learn about the rainforest’s ecosystem from your guide.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish

7 hours

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  • Explore the El Yunque National Forest with an expert guide
  • Discover the forest’s pristine waterfalls and its natural waterslides
  • Get the chance to try some authentic grandma-style Puerto Rican cuisine at a local restaurant

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.

  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees to El Yunque National Forest
  • Tour guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Children under 7 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People over 60 years
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

We will meet at the parking lot of the Norte Shopping Center in San Juan.

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This tour was exactly what I was hoping for. The hike was beautiful and challenging, the slides were so much fun, and the rainforest was breathtaking! The guides, Hector and Patricia, were excellent. They know how to do their job very well. They kept us in their view at all times, and made sure we were safe and understood how to do things properly the whole time.

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Evelyn, Jesus and Sebastian are awesome tour guides making sure everyone had fun, were safe and shared the history of Puerto Rico and it’s plants with us. Highly recommend as you do not get to go on a natural slide or rope swing into refreshing water in a rain forest everyday. Afterwards, we went to a place with a bunch of vendors and stores and had a blast enjoying the cuisine of the island.

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Both guides (Brian and Sebastian) are very helpful and nice. The trip has a perfect balance of everything: not too tiring, not too boring, not too educational and not too intense.
Trips were exactly like what is described, and so much fun. There was an 8-yo girl in the group and even she could finish all water tasks — good for family.
Good value of money overall!

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El Yunque Rainforest Tour — Half-Day

El Yunque Rainforest Tour


For nature lovers! Walkthrough the only rainforest under the U.S. Nation Forest Service. Our expert guides will tell you all about the wonders of the forest while you admire the spectacular views and connect with nature. This tour will please every family or group member, El Yunque National Rainforest is a landmark not to miss when you visit Puerto Rico.

During the 4hrs tour, you will visit:

  • La Coca Waterfall (picture stop)
  • Yokahú Tower
  • Angelito Trail or Puente Roto (depends on availability)



Transfer for the shared tour is only available for San Juan-Metro Area Hotels.

Please contact us if you are staying outside this area for private tour options. This means hotels in the areas of Dorado, Rio Grande, Fajardo, or any town other than San Juan or Carolina.


For Sr. Regis clients, please call the tour desk at the hotel directly for your reservation.



El Yunque National Rainforest is in the town of Luquillo.

  • 45 min from the San Juan Metro Area
  • 1hr from dorado
  • 30 min from Rio Grande resorts


Tour includes:

  • Round trip transportation (Tour is designed with the transfer as it starts before we arrive at the forest. There is no option without transfer)
  • Expert Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees



  • Pick up will vary depending on your hotel (7:30 am – 8:30 am approximate)
  • Tour starts at 9:30 am
  • Tour duration is 4.5hrs approximately



  • No children under 4 years
  • No people with severe mobility issues (tour is not suited for handicapped people, we can customize a private experience driving subject to availability)


What are the maximum and minimum ages?

The minimum age is 4 years. Due to uneven terrain, unstable weather due to rain, and walking distances, this tour is not recommended for children under 4yrs. Please assess your child’s ability to walk long distances and be in a car for extended periods of time before signing up for this tour. There is no maximum age, please take into consideration no matter the age that this tour requires some physical effort. Private tours might be available upon request to accommodate groups with people with limited mobility.

What are the tour maximum and minimum capacities?

The minimum capacity for the tour to go out is 6ppl and until further notice due to Forest Service limitations, the maximum capacity is 12ppl.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing, suggest bathing suit under in case of rain. Must wear closed-toe shoes with good traction. Preferably hiking shoes or sneakers that are designed for all-terrain. Nobody can take the tour with sandals or flip-flops.

Will the tour go out if it rains?

Yes, unless the Forest Service determines that the rains are too copious and represent a danger for visitors, we will go out with rain. As it is Rain Forest, the probability of rain during the tour is high, be prepared for that.

Are there bathrooms in the forest?

Yes, but please note that there is considerable distance between them. We will make stops before and after the tour.

Puerto Rico: heaven on earth — Telegraph

You dip your hand into the water — your hand starts to glow. You leave the hotel room — you get into the ocean.

You walk through the streets of the city — the city frolics, dances, sings, like a carnival, like Christmas, like an important holiday. In Puerto Rico, it’s no different. It is for such miracles that they come here. Each of them individually, maybe somewhere else you will find, but so that all together and side by side on one small island — only here. Only Columbus, who discovered Puerto Rico, did not sail here for this. He sailed exclusively for selfish purposes. And in general, a number of serious claims can be made against him: he brought tobacco to Europe, opened the way for the Hollywoodization of world culture . .. But, you know, for Puerto Rico he can be forgiven for all his mistakes. From Britney Spears to Marlboro Lights. nine0003

Paradise without any «for»
In fact, when you get off at the airport of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, after a long flight, you don’t really think about miracles. Thinking about taking a break. And you perceive the information of the hospitable employees of the tourist office very detachedly. About the fact that Puerto Rico is washed by the Caribbean Sea from the south, and this coast is a paradise for divers or just snorkellers: the water temperature is not lower than 24, visibility at a depth of up to 30 m, volcanic caves, corals and fish of unnaturally beautiful colors . And the northern coast is a paradise, on the contrary, for surfers — a long high wave, because the Atlantic Ocean splashes in Puerto Rico from the north. nine0009 Photographs simply cannot convey the charm of old San Juan. Many generations of people have mixed their cultures and characters, music and colors here in surprisingly correct proportions.
During the day, birds sing here, and ripe mangoes softly plop down from the trees on the road. And at night you can hear how the ocean breathes measuredly, and it seems as if it is everywhere in this city.

Piña Colada Capital
San Juan has blue pavements. They were paved with stone 500 years ago, which the Spaniards used as ship ballast. And either an amazing stone was caught, or 5 centuries and a tropical climate worked, but in old San Juan the pavements glow a little blue, especially at dusk. They bend, wind, run to the ocean shore, surrounded by an ancient fortress wall, climb back up the mountain. They lead to the stunningly beautiful palace of the Spanish governor, to the majestic cathedral and simply to the old houses — orange, pink, blue, with balconies, taken into openwork railings. nine0009 Multi-colored houses are cut through by arches, arches lead out into the patio, palm trees grow in the patio, bar counters glisten, and music plays. Next to one of these arches is an impressive memorial plaque, which says in 2 languages ​​that it was in this house in 1964 that Don Ramon Portas Mingot invented pina colada. For which many thanks to him.
It is pointless to advise about San Juan: go there and see such and such. Better to just trust your own feet and go. Wherever you go, it will still be fun and beautiful. Your feet can lead you to a hall where cockfights are in full swing — an officially sanctioned and terribly loved pastime in Puerto Rico. In any of the many fun clubs. Or just to a tiny bar where a dark-skinned old man does things with a guitar that other world virtuosos would die of envy. nine0003

It’s alive and glowing
San Juan is, of course, magnificent. Part of this splendor is luminous water. There are only 5 or 6 bioluminescent lagoons in the world. And 3 of them are in Puerto Rico. The closest to San Juan is Fajardo, an hour and a half away by car. Only necessarily in the evening, almost at night. And it’s better if the night is moonless.
Scientists attribute this phenomenon to the nasty nature of the microorganisms that inhabit the lagoons. They, microorganisms, are so afraid of predators that, saving their micro souls, they adapted to point the enemy at larger prey. And they begin to glow around any object in the water, reacting to movement. Ugly, of course, from an ethical point of view, but from an aesthetic point of view — beautifully crazy. nine0003

To get to the lagoon, you can take a long and expensive canoe tour. Then, after training, you will swim to your destination following the instructor in your own kayak. And you will even be allowed to swim in the firefly waters. And if you’re lucky, you can stumble upon a flock of small fish. As they squirt in different directions from the boat, the lagoon is littered with glowing footprints. And it seems as if a fabulous fireworks is reflected in the water, and, not believing yourself, you throw back your head to see only the black velvet sky from above. nine0003

200 million liters

On the way from San Juan to El Yunque, you can pick up some great souvenirs. Exotic masks are made here in almost every village. Another wonder is El Yunque National Park. Here, a giant bamboo wall rises up to the sky, lianas twist, waterfalls rustle, and something continuously hoots, rustles and screams. CDs of the sounds of El Yunque are in great demand: this is the voice of nature itself, as it was thousands of years ago. Actually, the whole of El Yunque is a fragment of those eras that has come down to us intact. This is rainforest — primary rainforest. He oozes moisture, evaporates it into the sky above his own head, and, ahead of the winds that could blow the clouds away, generously waters himself with eternal rains. 200 million liters of precipitation per year is the El Yunque norm. nine0009 Among the diverse living creatures, 2 symbols of the island live here at once. The first is a unique Puerto Rican parrot: big, loud and blatantly red-blue-green — not a bird, but a complete mockery of Darwin’s fabrications about evolutionary necessity and patronizing coloration. And the second is the coca frog. It is difficult to see her — these creatures do not even reach 5 cm in size. But it’s even harder not to hear it. The frogs call their «ko-ki» so loudly that the guides seriously warn the tourist about the danger of going deaf. Employees of El Yunque laugh at the guides and assure that no cases of deafness have yet been recorded, and the main source of danger in their forest is visitors. nine0009 Although one thing is still found. But — non-existent. And this is the newfangled Puerto Rican miracle.

«Cons» of travel
Puerto Rico has only one disadvantage: it is very difficult to leave here. And it’s not even that you don’t want to. Even a few days in this magical world is enough to completely forget about another world — and it is already difficult to understand what and how it is happening and called.

Information for tourists
Visa, currency, language. nine0008 While not a state, Puerto Rico has the status of a «voluntarily affiliated independent state with the United States.» Therefore, a US visa is required to travel.

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