The Only Tropical Rainforest in the U.S.
Hikes, nature walks, waterfall swims, and wildlife sighting trips are just a few of the many ways to explore the astounding El Yunque National Forest. Known for being the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., El Yunque offers a quiet escape and immersive natural experiences. The park’s pure air, hundreds of plant and wildlife species, and endless refreshing swimming holes make for an experience you won’t soon forget.
The best way to explore the park is with a local guide who can show you the must-visit destinations and off-the-beaten-path spots where you can cool off with a quick swim. Located just under an hour from San Juan, El Yunque is easily accessible for a day trip.
Discover the Biodiversity of El Yunque
As you meander through the trails of El Yunque, you’ll find something to amaze you at every turn. With the lush green mountains, shaded paths, and vibrant foliage surrounding you, it’s easy to see why El Yunque is well worth the visit. Keep your eyes open for a view of parrots and woodpeckers as you stroll. Don’t be surprised by a sudden rain shower as you make your way through the forest’s wonders. El Yunque is one of the wettest places on earth with an average of 200 inches of rain each year! But you’ll likely want to get wet anyway when you discover the incredible swimming holes and waterfalls.
Another way to enjoy your time in El Yunque, while taking in the incredible views of the nearby ocean, is on a zipline tour on the longest zipline in the rainforest – over 2,300 feet! For an equally stunning viewpoint, you can climb the Yokahú Observation Tower to enjoy an expansive vista of the ocean and mountains. Many El Yunque tours include transportation so you can enjoy your time in the rainforest with ease. If you’re planning to go it alone, make sure to download maps of the forest and plan your trip ahead of time.
For more trip planning tips, what to wear and bring, and when to visit, read our blog post on planning your visit to El Yunque.
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