El Yunque Rain Forest

El Yunque Rain Forest, El Yunque National Forest: Hours, Address, El Yunque Rain Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

El Yunque Rain Forest
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Covering 28,000 acres, and receiving more than 200 inches of rain per year, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US Forest System. Noted for its biodiversity, the forest is home to more than 400 different plant species. It has more than a dozen maintained trails for hiking, picnic pavilions, stone towers, rivers, waterfalls, and an interpretive visitors' center.
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Charlotte M
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Excursion not possible and no refund given.
Nov 2021
I signed up for this excursion for my family. The night before (which happened to be Thanksgiving) the time of the excursion was changed. We tried to rent a car to meet the tour, but our car rental reservation was not honored. The cars were all sold out. So, between the time change and the car rental problem, we couldn't meet the tour. I texted them to let them know this the night before that this was our predicament and asked for a refund. They never replied to me and I've never received a refund for the 6 of us.
Written 4 December 2021
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Famontherun
Bel Air, Md735 contributions
Magical Experience
Nov 2021
Our research showed that you need timed tickets to enter this park. We tried to get them on the website ahead of time, but tickets seemed to be released the day before. Fortunately, they suspended the tickets from 11/29 to 12/20, so no worries for us! The visitor center was closed. The forest is very dense and lush! Do look around for hummingbirds and the adorable Puerto Rican Tody....looked like a larger hummingbird with a bright red and white throat...sits very still for a good look! We had limited time, so only did the easy Caimitillo Trail. This is an easy, but downhill loose rock trail that leads to a natural pool. The pool was delightful! The sand is very rocky...a pair of water shoes would be good if you're a tender foot. I am so glad I braved the rocky sand and took a swim...a cool delight. It even rained a little which made it all the more magical. There are rocks to sit on and leave your stuff. You can easily park along the side of the road and walk down the trail. We spent about 2 hours in all. It was a wonderful experience, I only wish we had more time to check out other parts of the park.
Written 1 December 2021
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Brad A
12 contributions
Mt Britton Tower
Nov 2021 • Couples
Debated whether to rent a car or not and am glad we decided to rent one. We drove in from San Juan and were able to take our time and stop along the way at various points along Hwy 191. The 0.8 mile hike to the Mt Britton Tower was the highlight of the day. The walk was steep along the paved trail but not too bad. The hike up took about 30 minutes and was neat to be able to see the rainforest. The view from the top was absolutely stunning. It was a clear day and the 360 degree view gave views of San Juan in the distance, the ocean, and the mountains.
Written 29 November 2021
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Sarah M
New Mills, UK124 contributions
Best place to visit in Puerto Rico
Nov 2021 • Couples
Totally outstanding beauty with fabulous waterfalls at every turn, really worth a visit or 2 just go early as it gets really hot and usually a rain storm by afternoon even if it is warm rain.
Written 27 November 2021
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,082 contributions
Rain in the Rainforest
Nov 2021 • Solo
I visited El Yunque as part of a tour out of OSJ. It was a beautiful lush environment and we traveled down into a valley. Most of use opted to go on the nature hike to learn about the plants and animals that live there. It was a very interesting walk and we were learning a lot, then it started to rain and then pour. We hurried back to the bus and were told it would be too dangerous to swim in the river like was planned. Even before the rain started, we were told the water was murky because of rain up in the mountains bringing debris down, but with the rain the water would become dangerous. We left after we got back to the bus. Note only five or roughly 30 trails have reopened since the hurricane, so options are limited as to where you can go in El Yunque.
Written 14 November 2021
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Jennifer M
2 contributions
ONE OF MY FAVORITES
Nov 2021 • Couples
This excursion was AMAZING! Had a great time with our tour guides Julian and Pito! Really funny guys and great at keeping the “ family “ safe. Would definitely recommend booking with them!!!
Written 9 November 2021
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Tom L
Klein, TX61 contributions
Tropical Forest Delight
Nov 2021
Wonderful views whether driving the tight curves or hiking the trails. We chose to hike the El Yunque Trail for exercise. Mother Nature rewarded us with a very peaceful journey since few tourist choose the long hike. It is nice to enjoy the tropical forest and many views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, sea coasts, and cities. Carry water! We didn’t pack enough water to reach the peak and return. It drizzled on us a few times, but it was light enough without a rain coat. Yes, you get to walk into the clouds!

We originally reserved our trip over a week in advance, but the park service refunded our $2.00 entry fee a couple days later. It seems you can only make a reservation the day before your visit. The website opens at 8am the day before, and tickets can go fast.

Arrive early before it gets hot. While the weather is much cooler on the trails, it still heats up as you hike up hill.
Written 4 November 2021
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Loves water
Loveland, CO18 contributions
Still recovering from Hurricane Maria
Oct 2021
Loved it!! Swimming at the falls at the Diego trail. The Mina trail where the natural water slide is located is still closed from Maria as is the visitors center. Also loved the Angelito trail just outside the main Hwy 191 area that is supposed to require a ticket. The evening tour with El Yonque Tours was great!! They did not ask for my ticket/reservation from recreation.gov when we went just before 3 pm. Others said they no one was at the gate all day.
Written 31 October 2021
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Marcello Lewis
4 contributions
Breath Takin
Oct 2021 • Friends
You are immediately greeted with majestic mountain peaks. Each one covered completely in lush green forests. The view looks like one straight out of a beautiful painting. With a bright-blue, partially cloudy sky above and mountain ranges stretching into the horizon as far as the eye can see, it does not get much better than this. A gentle breeze flows past the splendid terrain, its whistling sound adding to all the splendor and glory ahead.
Written 31 October 2021
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Anita d
Bend, OR81 contributions
A day in nature
Oct 2021
there are still many trails closed as the forest recovers, but the areas accessible are very worth your time. We hit all the main spots you see on reviews, starting at the Mt Britton hike, and worked our way back down the road. Doing it this way meant we were not with the masses, and had many spots with just a few other people. well worth a day trip.
Written 28 October 2021
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