Take time to escape to heaven on Earth in this 1/2 half day tour and let the natural beauty of El Yunque Rainforest captivate you with its lush green vegetation, amazing flora, huge boulders, cascading rivers and scenic views. You will be immersed in a wild, secluded paradise and be 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. 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
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. El Yunque Rainforest offers great hiking trails set amidst exotic vegetation. On this guided tour, you will visit La Coca Falls and spend time at El Portal Visitor Center to learn about the unique ecosystem you are surrounded by. Complete the day with rainforest views from Yokahú Observation Tower.
A leisurely drive takes you to the trailhead while your guide shares stories and history about the towns along the way. Once at the trailhead, get ready to explore the exotic flora and fauna of the El Yunque Rainforest—one of the oldest forest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. Smell the mix of fragrances from beautiful flowers and fresh ginger growing along the trail as your guide shares local knowledge about the area. This is a true, tropical paradise in which the Taino Indians have resided and considered sacred for years.
A stop at El Portal Visitor Center provides valuable insight into the surrounding wildlife. Spend time exploring the elevated walkways through the treetops, educational displays, and several walking trails before the journey continues along streams and misting waterfalls. La Coca Falls—a 85 feet (26 m) waterfall—quickly comes into view with its magnificent drop down onto huge rock formations and a shallow-water pool. Climb 98 spiral steps to the top of Yokahú Tower at 69 feet (21 m) tall, where views are unobstructed and far-reaching. At this point you are 1,500 feet (457 m) above sea level and it is a great place to relax before your return trek.
You'll see tree orchids, giant ferns, wild flowers, tropical hardwoods and spectacular waterfalls, and see panoramic views of the entire north-eastern coast. The tour stops for vistas of the most beautiful sights on this tour, so don't forget to bring your camera!