San Juan

El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan

San Juan, Caribbean

From $100.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the natural wonders of El Yunque Rainforest on this laid-back half-day exploration from San Juan. Visit a beautiful waterfall, incredible views and more than 240 species of plants and animals that call this sub-tropical habitat home. Your Puerto Rico rain forest tour also includes round-trip transportation from most hotels in San Juan, professional guide and all park entrance fees.
  • Half-day trip to El Yunque rainforest
  • Enjoy an amazing world of waterfalls and scenic views
  • Learn about the history and biology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most San Juan hotels

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Local taxes
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:00 AM

Pickup details

For Santurce/Ocean Park Area we offer Kasalta Bakery pick up on Mccleary Street. No Babies or Toddlers. Minimum age is 4 years and have to be in Car seats by Law. NO EXCEPTION. Our Guide will refuse to board without seat. Guests will be dropped off at the same Place they were picked up

What To Expect

Explore the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest system on this half-day trip. Discover the local flora including tree orchids, giant ferns, and wildflowers, as you venture to a camera-worthy collection of waterfalls and panoramic vistas in northeast Puerto Rico.

Start your day early with pickup from select hotels in San Juan. Then drive from San Juan to El Yunque, admiring the typical native towns and changing scenery as you ascend higher into the rainforest. This ecosystem is named after the ancient Indian spirit Yuquiyu, who was believed to have once reigned over all of Puerto Rico, protecting the island and its people.

Keep an eye out for any of the area’s wildlife and make your way past tree orchids, giant ferns, wildflowers, and tropical hardwood trees, and stop by La Coca Waterfall.

Then make your way back to San Juan, arriving back at your hotel in the early afternoon.

El Yunque National Forest

Sit back and relax on this leisurely trip passing several Towns to the El Yunque Rainforest the only subtropical rainforest in the United States Forest Service.

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Catarata La Coca

One of its best known sites, La Coca Falls will be your first stop for a photo opportunity

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Pickup is not provided outside San Juan. Important to verify your assigned pick up with Castillo Tours
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. The maximum of Travelers on the Tour depends on size of bus
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Infants/Toddler need to be in Car seat by Law. NO EXCEPTIONS. With a 48 hour notice we may be able to provide Car Seat if available. Call 787-791-6195
  • There is no space for any Luggage on Bus, only small personal bag
  • This Tour does not offer a hike
  • Mask use to over nose and mouth are mandatory in all Vehicles. No exceptions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

This one is easy on the legs since hiking isn't involved.
This is a good quick trip for those on a tight schedule.
922 reviews
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An amazing experience inside Puerto Rico's rainforest
Marco_M, Jan 2023
El Yunque was really worth a visit. Charles, our guide, was so professional, friendly and on time. During our half-day excursion he gave us all the information, took us to a hike inside the forest and made us enjoy some breathtaking views.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
I appreciate your wonderful review and are happy that you enjoyed our service level. Thank you for sharing
We had an amazing experience!
Joel_B, Aug 2022
As a group, we decided to do this excursion last minute. We booked it less than 24 hours in advance. We were assigned to Charles R., he was an amazing guide, knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, and patient with everyone in the group- 10/10. We were picked up on time, transportation was comfortable, and the views from El Yunke breathtaking.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for this beautiful review. So glad that we could accommodate you. Hope to hear from you again on your next visit.
Great Tour!
Raha_M, Aug 2022
Charles, our guide, was knowledgeable, engaging and fun! Highly recommend for hikers and novices alike.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review and praising Charles. Hope to see you again on your next trip to the enchanted Island
It is worth the hike. Our tour guy Charles was very knowledgeable. One of my favorite times in Puerto Rico. Thanks again
Tammy_G, Mar 2022
Amazing views. It is worth the hike. Our tour guy Charles was very knowledgeable. One of my favorite times in Puerto Rico. Thanks again
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you so much for this great review. Happy to hear that it was your favorite trip.
Magical Rainforest Outting
Donna_H, Mar 2022
Charles was a fabulous guide! A magic moment of stepping back in time to witness the wonders of nature! An excellent time! Wish we could have hiked longer.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for this great review and praising Charles.
A day in the clouds
William_B, Jan 2022
George was a great guide. He entertained us with local history and latest events in Puerto Rico. Very sensitive to ensure our safety on the trail and in regard to Covid guidelines. We really enjoyed the day.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you very much for this great review. Hope to see you next year again
Great Rainforest tour w/ Charles!!!
Nadia_B, Dec 2021
Charles was awesome. We were picked up at the Marriott Sterrlis Casino in San Juan and on the drive, he shared a lot of history of Puerto Rico. We visited 2 waterfalls, climbed the overlook tower, and went for a wonderful hike. This was about a 4 hour adventure. Well worth it. Make sure you wear your sneakers and expect mud and a little bit of incline. You’ll enjoy your time with Charles. He’s informative, attentive and made sure to stop for many bio breaks.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you for praising Charles. He is really wonderful. Hope to see you again
Charles was an amazing...
Carla_D, Nov 2021
Charles was an amazing tour guide. He didn’t just give us a tour of the rainforest, he gave us a background on all things Puerto Rico as we drove to the rainforest, so we learned about everything as we drove by. His knowledge of El Yunque and his passion were beyond our expectation.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for this fabulous review. Charles is very passionate about giving knowledge of Puerto Rico and especially the Rainforest. Hope to see you on you next trip to Puerto Rico
rainforest puero rico
PHOTOS, Mar 2020
we were very excited to go to the rainforest, but the guide did not meet our expectstions. He really did not tell us much about it.
Amazing tour
Avinash_V, Feb 2020
The tour was really good and the information provided by the guide was great.I would suggest taking this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
We work hard to deliver a memorable experience and it is great to read your comments. Thank you for taking the time to share and recommendation
A must see visit to the rainforest...
Francis_M, Feb 2020
This was a very informative visit to the rainforest. Our guide, Ramon, was extremely knowledgeable, not only about the rainforest, but Puerto Rico in general. The three stop in the rainforest were all different (watch tower, water falls, river). Ramon provided general information at each stop and answered individual questions from the group until all questions were answered. The only downside for the tour (which had nothing to do with the tour company or Ramon) was that parts of the rainforest remain closed after Hurricane Maria. If you are visiting San Juan or any other venue in northeastern Puerto Rico you need to take this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you very much for this fabulous review and very nice comments regarding Ramon.
Go on this tour before, after your cruise or if your just visiting Puerto Rico
Michael_H, Feb 2020
Our guide was delightful, organized and was extremely knowledgeable of the Puerto Rico and the rain forest. He provided history of the geology of the formation of the island, botanical information of the flora found in the rain forest, and the history of the island. He was a true ambassador of Puerto Rico and was a pleasure him as our guide.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you for this fabulous review, hope to welcome you back
The river
Hayley_K, Feb 2020
Really enjoyed this trip, our guide was so knowledgeable and interesting and really made the most of our time at the rainforest!
Loved the rapids, waterfall and tower view!
timothytiefenthaler, Feb 2020
The tour guide did an excellent job talking us to all of the popular spots in the rain forest. He was very knowledgeable regarding plants, but he took a little too long exploring flora in the parking lot before we even got started. I wish we could have spent a little more time hiking in the rain forest, instead of just driving from spot to spot.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you for the fabulous review, we very much appreciate your kind words about our Guide. We look forward to welcome you back for us to create another memorable visit to Puerto Rico.
Best rainforest excursion!
mwillms19, Jan 2020
Was very happy with what we stopped to see and the tour guide. Charles Rodriguez was our guide and he was amazing!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you for the fabulous review, we very much appreciate your kind words about Charles. Looking forward to welcome you back
Great Experience, Great Guide
bdaugherty, Jan 2020
guide was knowledgeable and personable. tour was entertaining and you are taken to some beautiful sights.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
I would like to thank for being our guest and taking the time to share your observations. We look forward to welcome you back for us to create another memorable visit to Puerto Rico.
El Yunque Rainforest experience
connietarbah, Jan 2020
This was a average experience for us it actually was only a there hour trip. First, we llistened to a short film, unfortunately a group of guides were having a loud conversation near us so we didn't hear half of the movie. Our guide took us to an area in the El Yunque forest to see the river and surrounding foliage. The guide was very informative. We then drive up to the tower and saw the waterfall. It was a nice experience but expensive for what we did. We did not see any animals or birds, but did see a couple of butterflies. I would rent a car next time and actually take a hike.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
I would like to thank for being our guest and taking the time to share your observation . The Puerto Rican Parrot is not visible due to it's green color.If it's quiet, you can hear them. You may see Lizards which are all over the Forest,.We do offer a Rainforest Tour with nature walk, which may have been a better choice for you. I am glad that the Guide was very informative.
Excellent insight into rainforest from long ago until now. Enjoyed every minute. Carlos was very informative.
debpavletich, Jan 2020
Excellent tour. Enjoyed all of the information that Carlos shared about the rainforest and its history. Enjoyed every minute.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
This is why our Tour stand out due to our amazing Tour Guides, which is really wonderful to read. Thank you for sharing and we hope to welcome you back in the near future
El Yunque Rainforest Half- Day Trip
jillhandschu1, Jan 2020
We had a wonderful time on EL Yunque Rainforest excursion. Carlos was knowledgeable and fun! Not much more I can say to that except that I would definitely recommend this half day trip to anyone!!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
I would like to thank for being our guest and taking the time to share your observations about your Tour with Carlos. We look forward to welcome you back for us to create another memorable visit to Puerto Rico.
Very Informational - Good for kids
Rachel A, Jan 2020
My five-year old loved this trip, which makes it great in my book. I would have liked more time in the rain forest, maybe a little more opportunity for walking around, but the guide was very knowledgable and provided great information.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
I appreciate your kind words about the service provided. We do offer another Tour with trail walk and swimming at the River, which is longer then just a 1/2 day. Thank you for taking the time to review