Transportation (Round Trip)
Rainforest Entrance Fee
Swimming in the waterfalls (Optional)
We recommend bringing:
Dry Fit Clothes
Tennis shoes that have a grip or hiking shoes
Swimsuits already on
A change of clothes
Camera or water camera
Excursions available Tuesday & Thursday
Experience Cost: $59.00 per person
Pick-up: Bet. 7:30 and 8:10 am.
Old San Juan area: 7:30am
Condado area: 7:45am
Isla Verde area: 8:10am
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes approx.
Looking to disconnect from the city life? We have the perfect place for nature lovers! Get to experience the magic of this tropical paradise, where you will find over 150 species of ferns, 70 species of native orchids, and 240 species of trees (87 of them endemic to Puerto Rico and 23 endemic to El Yunque). You will also find orchids, exotic birds and other wildlife, including our national symbol the Coquí tree frog.El Yunque Rainforest is composed of mountains that face the trade winds, which bring moisture from the ocean, resulting in precipitation over a diverse ecosystem.
The U.S. Forest Service administers the forest, being the only rainforest in U.S. territory. It is one of the most diverse and studied in the world. Its highest peak stands 1,080 meters above sea level. Did you know that El Yunque is one of the oldest forest reserves in the Western Hemisphere dating back to 1876? The history of the El Yunque National Forest is extremely rich. The Taino Indians (aboriginals from Puerto Rico), who inhabited the is land and called it “Borikén”, believed that the cloud capped peaks in the Luquillo Mountains, which they called “Yuké”, Its name is of native origin, were a sacred place occupied by the good spirit “Yokahú” to whom they prayed for protection from the bad spirit “Juracán”(hurricane). From the Taino word “Yuké” the Spanish colonizers derived “El Yunque” to refer to these mountains. The petroglyphs (stone writings) that have been discovered on river rocks within the Forest provide mute evidence of the Taino who prevailed on the island for over a thousand years. In 2011 El Yunque was nominated as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, finishing 28th place out of 261 candidates chosen between 222 countries.
At the El Yunque we will see a 13 min. video of it’s history at the visiting Center, followed by a hiking trail that leads to the Mina water falls, (1 hour hiking plus 15 min. in the waterfall (taking a dip in the waterfall is optional)) then the Yucahú Observation Tower (a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of the rainforest and Atlantic Ocean) and lastly another water falls named La Coca water falls. Total time at the Forest: 3 to 3 ½ hours.
Please Note: All tours leave from San Juan (Metropolitan Area). To account for transportation, guests should allow up to 5 ½ hours for the entire experience.
The Fare Harbor trips are led by Pandora Tour Puerto Rico Guide Service that operates under special use permit on the El Yunque National Forest and operates on a non-discriminatory basis.