During this fascinating tour, grab your bottle of water and fresh local fruit (provided on tour) and seek out some of El Yunque National Forest hidden gems. Delight and explore various rivers, waterfalls, walk-through natural trails that takes you to a river where you can take a swim inside a Waterfall. The El Yunque National Forest is only Tropical Rainforest in the US National Forest System. After your adventure we will take a break and have a local, Puerto Rican lunch (food cost not included) then a scenic drive back to your hotel.
The El Toro Wilderness, named after the highest peak (3,524 feet) in the El Yunque National Forest, is the only tropical wilderness in the U.S. National Forest System (NFS). It is located 25 miles east of San Juan on the western side of the Luquillo Mountain Range, with amazing views of the surrounding areas and you can see the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans The El Toro Wilderness provides habitat for the endangered Elfin Woods Warbler, the Puerto Rican Boa, the Demarest’s fig eating bat, five species of Coqui (small frogs), and the Puerto Rican Parrot. The Puerto Rican Parrot is the only native parrot on the island.
After a scenic drive down from the top of the Rainforest our next stop is the river (Río Canóvanas) is actually a very pretty and interesting river that starts way up in El Yunque, and runs to the sea, with many waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. People have been enjoying this river for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, as evidenced by petroglyphs that we have found in other locations in this river. The falls are beautiful, and they almost look man-made as it is one upper fall that drops into a pool then divides in two for the lower falls. Each set of falls is about 15-20 feet tall. There is a nice deep swimming pool at the base, deep enough in spots for jumping into (if one so desires).
After having our pictures taken and swimming in a waterfall we will arrive at Cueva De La Maria. This cave was declared a historic monument on February 18, 1972. It measures 50 meters wide, 25 meters deep and 30 meters high. It was explored for the first time by the anthropologist, Dr. Ricardo E. Alegría in 1948. In this place an important archaeological site was discovered that provided the first evidence of man in Puerto Rico. At this historical cave we will be explaining more about our native Indians the Tainos and our African heritage and customs that is Puerto Rico today.
Now it’s time for a scenic drive along the coast for our last stop at the famous Piñones kiosks before returning to your hotel. A beautiful boardwalk, picturesque beaches and an impressive local food scene are just part of what makes a visit to Piñones the perfect escape for our guests in search of a truly Puerto Rican experience.
You’ll also love the wide variety of traditional island fare, like alcapuria, papa rellenas and pinchos, all served alongside strong, cold cocktails. A number of kiosks on the beach offer these local dishes, made fresh to order, making Piñones one of the best food destinations in Puerto Rico.
• Gain valuable insights into the surrounding wildlife from our guides
• Views of beautiful La Coca Falls
• Climb spiral steps to The Yokahú Tower – where you will have unobstructed views
• Swimming in La Mina Waterfalls
• Water and fresh fruit provided
• Don’t forget your camera – with views of orchids, ferns, wild flowers, spectacular waterfalls and panoramic views of the entire north-east coast
What to Bring
Bring a full change of clothes and shoes, towels, waterproof camera (optional)
Wear Swim shorts, quick dry shirts, bathing suit underneath (ladies), hiking sandals /old sneakers/water shoes is a MUST for the hike and swimming in the waterfall.
Fit dry clothing is best
• Daily at 10am
• 6 Hours
Major Hotel Lobbies in San Juan Exact pickup time will be provided by text
• Ages: All family members welcome / (children 6 yrs+)
• Transportation Included
Approximate Pick up Times*
Old San Juan-Plaza Colon (9:30am)
Condado Area (9:40am)
Ocean Park-Kasalta (9:45am)
Isla Verde (9:45am)
What Is Not Included?
• Gratuity for your tour guide is not included, but greatly appreciated.
• Lunch after the hike to El Yunque is not included.
• $90 per person
**Note: All tours leave from San Juan, Carolina, To account for transportation, guests should allot up to 6 hours for the entire experience.**
Our goal is to make your Puerto Rico vacation a unique and enjoyable experience.
Let us show you the many reasons why Puerto Rico is known as “the Island of Enchantment.”