El Yunque

Amazingly Beautiful!!

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Photo: El Yunque National Forest, Luquillo

Key facts about El Yunque

  1. 1 Hiking at El Yunque - La Mina is the most frequented trail. Located off Route 191, it is a relatively easy hike that leads to one of the forest’s most beloved sanctuaries: La Mina waterfall. You will probably want to dive in. Bring a change of clothes.
  2. 2 Other Trails - Among other popular paths, there’s Juan Diego Falls, which lies farther along Route 191. Mt. Britton Tower leads to a stone tower built in the 1930s and offers stunning panoramic views. And if you’re up for it, there’s El Toro Peak that will take you to the highest point of the forest at 3,532 feet.
  3. 3 Biodiversity - 225 tree species, innumerable fern, epiphyte, and vine species, at least 16 amphibian species, 20 known reptile species, 11 native mammal species, 5 introduced (exotic) mammal species, and a combination of approximately 80 endemic, native, winter and summer migrant avian species.
  4. 4 Water - Eight major rivers that originate in El Yunque supply water to 20% of the island’s population. To ensure sustainability, these watersheds are managed to also guarantee water for the forest’s ecosystems.
  5. 5 A Pristine Forest - El Yunque’s core is still in primary condition. To this day, it exists without significant human modification. It is the largest remnant of the original forest that covered virtually all of Puerto rico at the time of the Spanish arrival more than 500 years ago.
  6. 6 Scientific Importance - El Yunque National is an insular tropical forest with one of the longest histories of forest research, dating back to the 1930s.

Tips from travelers

Driving Directions

From San Juan take Road 26 towards Carolina until you reach Road 3. Take Road 3 towards Fajardo for about 20 minutes until you get to Río Grande. Take Road 191 to El Yunque.

Contact Information

Hotels Nearby

  1. Acacia Seaside Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-0668
  2. Aquarius Vacation Club at Boquerón Beach Resort

    Cabo Rojo, Dorado

    Website (787) 999-6330
  3. Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club

    Río Grande

    Website (787) 809-8890
  4. Beside the Pointe on the Beach

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-8550
  5. Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-9500
  6. Borinquen Beach Inn

    Carolina

    Website 1-866-728-8400
  7. Casa Amistad

    Vieques

    Website (787) 247-1017
  8. Casa Condado Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 200-8482
  9. Casa Isleña Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1525
  10. Casa Sol

    Viejo San Juan

    Website (787) 725-4470
  11. Casa Verde Hotel

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-5600
  12. CasaBlanca Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-3436
  13. Ciqala Luxury Suites

    San Juan

    Website (787) 998-1176
  14. Club Seabourne

    Culebra

    Website (787) 742-3169
  15. Coconut Palms Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 431-4313
  16. Cofresí Beach Hotel

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 254-3000
  17. Comfort Inn & Suites Levittown

    Toa Baja

    Website (787) 641-9090
  18. Comfort Inn San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0170
  19. Condado Plaza Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (888) 722-1274
  20. Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0505
  21. Coral by the Sea

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-6868
  22. Coral Princess Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 977-7700
  23. Courtyard Aguadilla by Marriott

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 658-8000
  24. Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 999-6500
  25. Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1378
  26. Canario Boutique Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-3861
  27. Hacienda El Jibarito

    San Sebastián

    Website (787) 896-7754
  28. Hacienda Gripiñas

    Jayuya

    (787) 828-1717
  29. Hotel El Guajataca

    Quebradillas

    Website (787) 895-3070
  30. Hotel Meliá

    Ponce

    Website (787) 842-0260
  31. Hotel Ocean Front

    Isabela

    (787) 872-0444
  32. Cidra Country Club Inn & Villas

    Cidra

    Website (787) 714-3838
  33. Hyatt Place San Juan/Bayamón

    Bayamón

    Website (787) 779-5000
  34. Hyatt Place Manatí Hotel & Casino Atlantico

    Manatí

    Website (787) 854-1000
  35. Paradise Guest House

    Hormigueros

    (787) 849-2679
  36. Combate Beach Resort

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 254-2358
  37. Parador Costa del Mar

    Yabucoa

    Website (787) 266-6276
  38. Parador El Faro

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8000
  39. Parador Guánica 1929

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0099
  40. Parador MaunaCaribe

    Maunabo

    Website (787) 861-3330
  41. Parador Palmas de Lucía

    Yabucoa

    Website (787) 893-4423
  42. Punta Maracayo Resort

    Hatillo

    (787) 544-2000
  43. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-7000
  44. Parador Villas del Mar Hau

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-2045
  45. Parador Villa Parguera

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-7777
  46. Parador El Buen Café

    Hatillo

    Website (787) 898-1000
  47. Tryp by Wyndham

    Carolina

    Website (787) 728-1300
  48. Holiday Inn Ponce

    Ponce

    (787) 844-1200
  49. La Jamaca Guesthouse & Snack Bar

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-6162
  50. Double Tree by Hilton San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 625-3129
  51. Caribe Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0303
  52. Rainforest Inn

    Río Grande

    Website +1 800-673-4992 or 787-378-6190
  53. Costa Bahía Hotel & Convention Center

    Guayanilla

    Website (787) 835-3335
  54. Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 993-3500
  55. Lazy Parrot Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-5654
  56. Villa Montaña Beach Resort

    Isabela

    Website (787) 609-3047
  57. Costa Dorada Beach Resort

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-7255
  58. Boquerón Beach Resort

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 999-6330
  59. Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar

    Humacao

    (787) 850-6000
  60. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort

    Río Grande

    Website (787) 888-6000
  61. Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-5100
  62. Tres Palmas Inn and Villas

    Rincón

    Website (787) 539-3519


Restaurants Nearby

  1. Daniel's Seafood

    Humacao

    Website (787) 852-1784
  2. Restaurante Pasión por el Fogón

    Fajardo

    Website (787) 863-3502
  3. Starfish, Parador Fajardo Inn

    Fajardo

    Website (787) 860-6000

On Your Own

You could easily rent a car, drive to El Yunque, and hike its trails by yourself. Click here for orientation.

Guided Tours

El Yunque is one of the most important tourist attractions in Puerto Rico. Therefore, almost all of our tour companies visit it. Head to the Hiking and Sightseeing section of our Tours page for a detailed list.

Specialized Tours

  1. Yunque Rainforest Eco Guided Tour

    Acampa

    Website (787) 706-0695
  2. El Yunque Glow in The Dark

    Adventours

    Website (787) 530-8311

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