El Yunque Rain Forest, El Yunque National Forest

#1 of 189 in Parks in Puerto Rico
Must see · Forest · Nature / Park
Discover a lush tropical escape by hiking El Yunque Rain Forest, noted for its remarkable biological diversity. The only tropical rainforest under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, this verdant area shelters more than 400 plant species, many of which you can see by hiking any one of a dozen well-maintained hiking trails. An interpretative visitor's center highlights the importance of this sprawling forest, while picnic pavilions ensure enough space to rest and contemplate the significance of this green kingdom in eastern Puerto Rico. Check the website for suggested family-friendly hikes and a printable brochure explaining the history of the forest. Before you head to El Yunque National Forest, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly El Yunque National Forest planning tool, to make sure you see all that El Yunque National Forest has to offer, including El Yunque Rain Forest.
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  • Do not miss! The rainforest is absolutely gorgeous and accessible for just a drive or more intensive hiking. We arrived early in the morning and spent 3-4 hours trying to see as much as we could...  more »
  • Beautiful place! Worth every minute going! Lush and green. Peaceful. No bugs. We did the zipline. Highly recommended.  more »
  • We had the best time! We were not afraid to joke back to the waterfalls. The muddy trail was a tad sketchy but so worth it. The hike up to Mt Britton tower was challenging but we made it even in a...  more »
  • The place is beautiful, I personally do not think a national park should have a rating they're all amazing all should be visited. El Yunque is a breath of fresh air especially from NYC even San Juan. You can enter the park gates or stay on a private property in the forest and explore yourself. Some of the most amazing views and peaceful scenery
  • When the weather holds up like it did for us today, the views are spectacular. You are high up in the mountains to view most of the island. The hike is long (about an hour) but for physically fit people, it could be easier. Unfortunately because of the pandemic some areas were closed.
  • This had to be my favorite experience visiting Puerto Rico. So many different trails to follow leading to historic sites, amazing waterfalls, or spectacular views. Bring some good shoes though. The hikes up can be painful if you dont have appropriate footwear, but you'll be too busy enjoying the sites to even notice 😍
  • I have been coming here since I was a kid... I love it so much, I now live here. Amazing trails, great axces, lots of waterfalls. It's an amazing experience for kids... Federal government could do a better job with the roads, but that's not the forest fault.... Lots of places to eat and see in the surrounding area...
  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful! With COVID-19 you have to make reservations now to get into the park but it is so beautiful. There’s another river down the street from El Yunque that the employees can direct you to that is also beautiful!

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