El Yunque National Forest

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El Yunque National Forest
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Covering 28,000 acres, and receiving more than 200 inches of rain per year, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US Forest System. Noted for its biodiversity, the forest is home to more than 400 different plant species. It has more than a dozen maintained trails for hiking, picnic pavilions, stone towers, rivers, waterfalls, and an interpretive visitors' center.
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rpecuch511
Philadelphia, PA11 contributions
You can get a park pass for $2.00 a month in advance. It is not always possible to get them closer to the date of your arrival. There are lower trails and water play areas where the pass isn't needed but to get to the upper part of the park with the waterfalls and beautiful views, a pass is needed. There is a windy road leading to the gate to present the pass. Prior to that there is a kiosk with some good food and a shop. As of 8/1/22, a portion of the upper park is closed off. You can still hike up there, but a half day is needed. We chose the La Coca Trail which was very steep and muddy as noted and never saw a waterfall at the bottom. The rangers at the Visitor Center said the map at the trailhead was old and they had a more current one. However, it does cost $8.00 an adult to go to the visitor center. The Caimatillo Trail was short, but beautiful and there was a little hidden offshoot on the trail for those who want a little challenge. Overall the park was stunning and I wouldn't miss it if you are in the area.
Written August 16, 2022
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Scheirerfam5
United States8 contributions
Family
There are so many beautiful things about El Yunque Rainforest. My family of five recently visited and enjoyed the scattered waterfalls and various swimming holes. We climbed up a couple towers and hiked up to Mt. Britton. Mt. Britton is what I want to talk about because that hike was tough!!! It is about a 45 minute hike up to the tower, but when I say up, I mean the incline is hell!!!! Maybe if you are young and in great shape, but my husband and I are 43 and not in great shape and it was brutal. My kids ages, 15, 13 and 11 did fine. The incline, the heat and humidity made it difficult. But we didn't quit and we made it to the top! Going down was easier. The view at the top is amazing and the breeze felt wonderful considering how hot and sweaty we were.
Written August 9, 2022
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MARY
Springfield, MA6 contributions
I love the forest and there is so much beauty to see but they are requiring reservations now to go into it. There are some other trails that are accessible but without a reservation you wont see the beautiful waterfalls.
Written August 3, 2022
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tariksalama
Richmond, VA10 contributions
Family
Firstly you must remember to pre register to attend the park at least one day before. Once you are in however, it is absolutely beautiful. There are several waterfalls many of which you are able to climb up to and in some cases into. There all several trails with varying level of accessibility and difficulty. The observation towers are also well situated and provide fantastic vantage points for viewing and taking selfies. The kids loved being able to swim in the natural pools that were along some of the various trails. It was well worth the drive! El Yunque is a must visit for any trip to Puerto Rico!
Written August 1, 2022
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Amilcar Guzman
Evanston, IL437 contributions
Couples
My wife and I visited during the summer of 2022. We loved the tropical climate and beautiful views. We highly recommend if you are in the area.
Written July 30, 2022
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lizardim2022
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico6 contributions
Family
Be prepare for exciting walking trails, great nature views and interesting site visit. Bring comfortable shoes and clothes.
Written July 26, 2022
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH686 contributions
We very much enjoyed our visit to El Yunque. We made our reservations as soon as they were available for our date and arrived when the first opened. There were few people there at this early hour so it was fantastic. Went on several hikes and took some great photos. It can be steep and wet so plan ahead. Also various closures are in place and there are still hurricane impacts so advanced planning is key. We stopped at the visitor center on the way out.
Written July 23, 2022
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Zinnie
Carmel, IN463 contributions
Simply amazing! We loved our experience in El Yunque. If you do your research, there is so much more to see than just the National park. Plenty of hikes and waterfalls that can be discovered without paying a park fee.
Written July 21, 2022
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Maggie B
17 contributions
Family
This is a beautiful place. Parking is tight, go early. Wear bathing suits and water shoes, lots of climbing.
Written July 15, 2022
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romadaro
Washington DC, DC1,421 contributions
If you’re into waterfalls, nature hikes, flowers and foliage you’ll enjoy a visit to El Yunque. I would recommend driving, as I did, as opposed to taking the tour because it allows you to spend as much or as little time at the various sites as you want, instead of being limited by a schedule. I heard several people who were part of a group complaining about the schedule of the tour they were on. But, if you don’t have a rental car, taking a tour is better than not going at all.
Written July 12, 2022
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