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El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour

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Feeling adventurous? Dare to go on a complete off the beaten path discovery of El Yunque Rainforest. Get to explore hidden areas less known to the public.  

Experience the natural beauty of El Yunque Rainforest while hiking, river trekking and rock climbing.  Enjoy spotting its flora and fauna, scenic views and gorgeous hidden waterfalls, natural pools and slides, while walking with your knowledgeable certified tour guide. 

This is a moderate to strenuous activity and may not be suitable for everyone.  Please read entire description before booking in order to avoid any inconveniences.

Post hurricane (2017) notice: Most of the popularly known trails remain closed until further notice.  Our tour route has been adapted in order to continue offering a full day of pure adventure.  
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    El Yunque Rain Forest
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    After arriving to Ceiba, your initial hike will start off as pure adventure. You will cross a river (sometimes water can reach close to waist height), and an approximate 30-minute journey on a dirt/rock path, and possibly muddy terrain. This trail is surrounded by bamboo trees, rain-forest flowers, and many other beautiful plants. First visit a river and collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall. Take the time here and cool off in the refreshing waters or even swing from a rope. We will then proceed to do another hike and rock climb in order to visit more hidden natural pools (more strenuous part). Here you will also have the opportunity to cliff jump into the natural pools, or go down the natural water slide. We will then return hiking thru the same path we arrived. After the tour ends we will stop at a local restaurant for a late lunch (food cost not included), before returning to San Juan or your initial meeting point. This stop tends to take 1 to 1.5 hours.
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Explore the hidden gems of El Yunque rainforest
  • Spend the day hiking and swimming in natural pools
  • Avoid the crowds and popular sites on this off-the-beaten-path tour
  • Great for the adventurous who have previously visited El Yunque
What to Expect
Your tour begins with pickup at your hotel or central San Juan location. Bring your hiking boots, comfortable clothing, a bathing suit, towel, and change of clothing. At El Yunque, your hike takes you to a secret natural pool with a waterfall. Enjoy the local flora and fauna of the area, such as rainforest flowers and Coqui tree frogs, before taking a dip in the natural pools. Dry off before continuing on for an uphill hike. Next, visit  El Portal Center to learn about the tropical rainforest, the only one in the US National Forest System. After another short, rocky hike, finish your adventure at another secluded pool with a natural water slide and a rope that swings into the river. After a stop for local Puerto Rican food (own expense), your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your hotel lobby or most convenient meeting point within selected San Juan areas (see Additional Information).
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Return Details
Original departure point
  • Park fees.
  • Bottled water, Gatorade and light snacks.
  • Lifejackets.
  • Hotel or port pick-up and drop-off (within the San Juan area, towns outside this area will have meeting point option or additional fee)
  • Entry/Admission - El Yunque Rain Forest
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Additional fee for pick up/ drop off outside of San Juan.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates based on weather and river conditions, there is a possibility of cancellation if conditions are not found safe during rainy days.
  • Please dress appropriately: Hiking shoes (tennis with a good grip also works) along with water shoes are strongly recommended.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, swimsuit, bring a towel and change of clothes.
  • We strongly suggest to have a good breakfast before departing on this tour.
  • Due to uneven surfaces and the difficulty involved, this tour is not suitable for pregnant women, those with walking disabilities, with back or knee problems or physical impairments.
  • Not suitable for participants with previous injuries, recent surgeries, heart conditions, vertigo, misbalance or other serious medical conditions.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (not suitable for children under 7 years).
  • Due to safety reasons participants must be able to understand English or Spanish.
  • Use of lifejacket is mandatory once participating on the water related activities.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers MUST provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and/or re-boarding time.
  • Once you begin the tour, you must finish it all the way up to the second stop and return back with the group.
  • Complimentary pick up in Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Calle Loiza areas (contact us for additional assistance).
  • Additional transfer fee to towns outside of selected San Juan/Metro area will apply (each way):Rio Grande / Dorado / Fajardo/ Humacao).
  • Estimated tour duration of 8 hours includes driving and lunch time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please travel light and only bring the necessary to the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like passport, large sums of cash or credit cards. Cell phones require waterproof case.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
This excursion was one of the best excursions we have ever been on (and we have done many all over the world)!!! We went down natural water slides, went cliff jumping and swung on Tarzan ropes all in the gorgeous rain forest! We had never been on a natural water slide before!
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Jacob leads us down the hill, over the big rocks and through the river. You get muddy, then cleaned up, then muddy again and I would do it all over again. This is not for everyone, so be a little in shape and ready to walk about 3 miles round trip. Jacob had lots of
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Incredible experience hiking “off the beaten path” in El Yunque national forest. We were a group of 12 and did a private tour - Hector was our guide and was amazing. So knowledgeable about the area, the forest and Puerto Rico as a whole - and made even the most cautious hikers
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Definitely not for the weak. This was by far the most challenging excursion I have done. That being said I am almost 50 years old, slightly overweight and a true lover of nature. I got to experience rock climbing, cliff jumping and natural water sliding. Frankie and Chris were
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We toured the rainforest on Friday February 14. Our guide Jacob was excellent! Everything about our tour was top notch!
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Lacey K
Unforgettable Experience
The rainforest tour was so much fun. We jumped off waterfalls. Went down natural water slides. Swung on rope
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Michelle E
MUST DO!!!!!!!
This excursion was one of the best excursions we have ever been on (and we have done many all over the world)!!!
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An incredible start to a vacation in Puerto Rico
We scheduled the rain forest and bio bay kayaking tour for our first full day in Puerto Rico so we could have the
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john d
Puerto Rico
Best hike possible.
Jacob leads us down the hill, over the big rocks and through the river. You get muddy, then cleaned up, then
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North Reading, Massachusetts
Amazing experience - a must do!
Incredible experience hiking “off the beaten path” in El Yunque national forest. We were a group of 12 and did a
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Baltimore, Maryland
Rainforest was the best part
I would give this 4 stars, because the bio bay part was not as amazing as the rainforest... BUT the rainforest
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Rosemary Y
Boyne City, Michigan
Best excursion I have ever done!!! I would totally do it again!
Definitely not for the weak. This was by far the most challenging excursion I have done. That being said I am
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Mark S
Orlando, Florida
Great Tour and Swim in Rainforest River
Our excellent guide, Lismar, picked us up at our hotel in the Candado area of San Juan in a very modern and
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Jessica Douan
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Adventure, Scenery and great tour guides
It’s a great tour. The guides were lovely. The busses were comfortable and big. Only thing to be aware of is,
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Shalanda W
Wonderful experience
We toured the rainforest on Friday February 14. Our guide Jacob was excellent! Everything about our tour was top
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