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El Yunque Tours: Discover the Magic of Puerto Rico's Rainforest

Embark on an unforgettable journey through lush landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant wildlife with our expert guides leading the way.


With an expert team of passionate local guides we provide you with an adventure unlike any other. Choose from action-packed hikes through the mystifying El Yunque Rainforest or combine your trek with an enchanting kayak tour through the unique Bio Bay in Laguna Grande. However you choose to discover Puerto Rico, Island Journeys has everything you need to turn your greatest adventure into a story worth telling.


Nestled in the heart of Puerto Rico, El Yunque National Forest stands as a beacon of natural wonder and ecological importance. As the only tropical rainforest in the United States, El Yunque offers a unique and captivating experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

This lush, verdant paradise is not only a testament to Puerto Rico’s rich biodiversity, but also a haven for countless species of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. From towering, moss-covered trees to the melodious calls of exotic birds, every inch of El Yunque pulses with life and beauty.

To truly appreciate the depth and breadth of El Yunque, the expertise of Island Journeys’ professional guides is invaluable. Their knowledgeable team enhances exploration with insightful information about the forest’s history, ecology, and hidden gems.

With their guidance, visitors can safely traverse the more challenging trails, discover secret waterfalls, and learn about the critical conservation efforts that protect this natural wonder. Island Journeys ensures that your adventure in El Yunque is not only memorable, but also deeply educational, enriching your understanding of this extraordinary ecosystem.

Within the embrace of El Yunque National Forest, every visitor will find a story worth telling. Whether it’s the thrill of spotting a rare bird, the awe of standing beneath a towering tree, or the serenity of a hidden waterfall, El Yunque captures the heart and soul. Join us on an unforgettable journey through this unparalleled rainforest, where every step reveals a new wonder and every moment is a testament to the magic of nature.


The best season to visit El Yunque Rainforest is during the dry season, which typically runs from December to April. During these months, the weather is generally more favorable for outdoor activities, with less rainfall and more sunshine, making it ideal for hiking, sightseeing, and exploring the lush landscapes. The temperatures are comfortable, averaging between 70°F and 80°F, which provides a pleasant climate for enjoying the forest’s natural beauty.

Visiting during the dry season also means that the trails are more accessible and less muddy, allowing for safer and more enjoyable hikes. Water levels in the rivers and waterfalls are lower but still impressive, offering excellent opportunities for swimming and photography. Additionally, the dry season coincides with the peak tourism season in Puerto Rico, so there are often more tour options and activities available: tropical trek, kayak under the stars, and more!

However, El Yunque Rainforest is a year-round destination, and each season offers its own unique charm. The wet season, from May to November, brings more frequent rain showers, which keep the forest vibrant and green. This period also tends to be less crowded, providing a more tranquil experience and the chance to witness the rainforest in its most lush and verdant state. Just be prepared for occasional heavy rains and plan your activities accordingly.


Discover the heart of Puerto Rico’s rainforest with Island Journeys, your ultimate guide to an exhilarating blend of adventure and serenity.

a boat that is lit up at night


Getting from Luquillo to the El Yunque Rainforest is a straightforward and scenic journey that can be easily managed by car or through organized tours. The distance between Luquillo and El Yunque is relatively short, approximately 8 miles (13 kilometers), making it a quick drive that typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

  • By Car: To drive from Luquillo to El Yunque, start by heading south on PR-992 and then merge onto PR-3 heading west. Continue on PR-3 until you reach PR-191, the main road leading into El Yunque National Forest. Follow PR-191 south into the forest; this winding road will take you directly into the heart of the rainforest, passing through lush landscapes and offering stunning views along the way. The roads are well-marked with signs pointing towards the main attractions and trailheads within the park.
  • By Organized Tour: For a more relaxed and informative experience, book the El Yunque Rainforest Tour with Island Journeys. Guided tours of El Yunque are available that include transportation and expert knowledge of the forest’s ecology, history, and points of interest. This option is especially convenient for those who prefer not to drive, enjoy exceptional adventures, or want to learn more about the rainforest from experienced guides.
  • Renting a car: This option gives you the flexibility and convenience to explore at your own pace, stopping at the viewpoints, waterfalls, and trails that interest you the most. Additionally, having a vehicle allows you to bring everything you need for your adventure, from comfortable clothing to picnic supplies.

Regardless of the mode of transportation you choose, the journey from Luquillo to El Yunque Rainforest is part of the adventure, offering glimpses of Puerto Rico’s beautiful coastal and mountainous landscapes. Once you arrive, a world of natural wonders awaits, with trails, waterfalls, and the rich biodiversity of the only tropical rainforest in the United States ready to be explored.


Traveling from San Juan to the El Yunque Rainforest is a relatively straightforward journey, offering several transportation options to suit different preferences and budgets.

  • By Car: The most convenient way to reach El Yunque from San Juan is by car. If you’re starting from the San Juan metropolitan area, head east on PR-26 or PR-66 to connect with PR-3, the main highway leading to the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Continue on PR-3 until you reach the town of Río Grande, where you’ll find the entrance to El Yunque National Forest. The drive typically takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and road conditions. Once inside the forest, follow the signs to the visitor center or your desired trailhead.


El Yunque Rainforest offers a plethora of adventures and experiences that cater to every type of explorer, from nature enthusiasts to thrill-seekers. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you in this tropical paradise:

  • Exploring the El Yunque Rainforest: Embark on an unforgettable journey deep into the heart of El Yunque Rainforest, where lush vegetation, towering trees, and cascading waterfalls await. Whether you choose to hike along well-marked trails or venture off the beaten path with a knowledgeable guide, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and encounters with the rich biodiversity of the forest. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds, playful monkeys, and colorful butterflies as you immerse yourself in this pristine wilderness.
  • Swim, Slide, Swing, or Jump off Cliffs into Crystal Clear Waters: Cool off from the tropical heat by taking a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of El Yunque’s natural pools and waterfalls. Swim beneath the cascading falls, feel the rush of adrenaline as you slide down smooth rock slides, or channel your inner daredevil by swinging from a rope and plunging into the inviting depths below. These natural playgrounds offer endless opportunities for fun and relaxation, allowing you to connect with nature in a truly exhilarating way.
  • Kayaking in the Bioluminescent Lagoon: Experience the enchantment of bioluminescence with a kayaking adventure in the nearby bioluminescent lagoon. As you paddle through the dark waters, you’ll witness the mesmerizing phenomenon of tiny microorganisms called dinoflagellates lighting up the water with their bioluminescent glow. Each stroke of your paddle leaves a trail of shimmering blue light behind, creating a magical display that is sure to leave you in awe.

Whether you’re seeking serenity in the depths of the rainforest or seeking thrills on the water, El Yunque offers an array of adventures and experiences that will captivate your senses and leave you longing for more. So pack your sense of adventure and get ready to discover the wonders of this tropical paradise.


Island Journey

"Paula and Bradley were fantastic. Very knowledgeable. We had fun”

– Berlinda Duvet | Google Reviews
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“My husband and I did the Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Combo Tour. I spent a lot of time researching tour companies and I’m glad we chose Island Journeys! We greatly appreciated that they provided pictures of the El Yunque portion so we could leave our phones on the bus… …After kayaking, we made the hour long drive back to San Juan. It was a packed day, but memorable! I’d highly recommend if you don’t mind getting wet and muddy and enjoy nature!”

– Jennifer Witzki | Google Reviews
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Incredible experience!

“Highly recommend booking with this tour company!!! We had an Incredible experience!! Nina & John were amazing and super knowledgeable for the hiking and bioluminescent kayaking tour. We had such a smooth and amazing trip. We will be booking with them next time we are in Puerto Rico!!!”

– Michael Pomarico | Google Reviews