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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.  
  • 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—approximately 35 minutes—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 a 40-minute 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.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The trip was awesome. My girlfriend and I loves every minute. Hector was an awesome tour guide and knew a lot. Also having a small group made it fun!!!! This trip I would recommend 100 times over. Will definitely do this again.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where do I start? Let's start at the beginning. Booking this tour was very straightforward and simple. Interestingly, we decided to call rather than book online and that was a great decision. The lady that helped us was so helpful, communicated professionally and was an...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Irewole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We originally booked our trip for Tuesday. However we messed up and purchased Monday. Bespoke customer care reps were super accommodating and allowed us to take the trip on the correct day! Today! Jacob was our tour guide along with mitchell* Jacob picked us up...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jovan T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great day! Our guide André was knowledgeable and personable as could be and the trip was a blast. I had some trepidation before booking since I hadn’t packed expecting to go on a hike, and it turned out to be the highlight of...More

Thank Tom L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and myself went on this tour, after reading all of the amazing reviews and we are so glad we did. Our guides were Andre, Frankie, and Ponce. All of them were beyond amazing, and helpful. They gave us a wonderful tour of El...More

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24 June 2019|
Response from Marta E D |
You might have to. Hiking path is difficult, and no one could take pictures during it, not to mention you could drop your phone or get it wet.
5 May 2019|
Response from NorthStar59505393907 |
Do you only book tours from San Juan? We're staying in Luquillo to be near Yunque. We'd like an exciting but safe tour of hiking & swimming. Thsnk you, Betty Silberman
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