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. Beside the Pointe on the Beach

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-8550
  2. Borinquen Beach Inn

    Carolina

    Website (787) 728-8400
  3. Casa Sol B&B

    Viejo San Juan

    Website (787) 399-0105
  4. Casa Verde Guest House

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-3756
  5. Ciqala Luxury Home Suites

    San Juan

    Website (787) 998-1176
  6. Club Seabourne

    Culebra

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

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-0147
  8. Comfort Inn San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0170
  9. Canario Boutique Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-3861
  10. Hotel Meliá

    Ponce

    Website (787) 842-0260
  11. Hyatt Place Manatí Hotel & Casino Atlantico

    Manatí

    Website (787) 854-1000
  12. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-7000
  13. Parador Villa Parguera

    Lajas

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

    Hatillo

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

    Carolina

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

    Ponce

    (787) 844-1200
  17. La Jamaca Hotel y Restaurante

    Lajas

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

    San Juan

    Website (787) 625-3129
  19. Caribe Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0303
  20. Rainforest Inn

    Río Grande

    Website +1 800-672-4992
  21. Costa Bahía Hotel

    Guayanilla

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

    San Juan

    Website (787) 993-3500
  23. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort

    Río Grande

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

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-5100


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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