El Yunque National Forest Update After Hurricane Maria
With deep sadness in our hearts, we inform you that El Yunque, one of the most precious natural treasures in Puerto Rico was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria on September 20th. “El Yunque National Forest will remain closed until further notice after Hurricane Maria. Clean up efforts and initial assessments to the Forest’s ecological resources and facilities are currently underway. ”
Videos of El Yunque National Rainforest
El Yunque Tour by CNN
The Sounds of El Yunque Rainforest
Visiting El Yunque National Rainforest – Puerto Rico
You don’t need a tour guide, the trails are clearly marked. If you want a more educational experience and make the most of your time there, inquire about a tour by a ranger or with a private tour company.
The Forest Service offers a one hour guided tour from 10:30 to 2:30, they leave at every half hour and the cost is $5 per person, children and seniors is $3. Rangers will take you on tour on the easiest trails, if you want to experience the more challenging trails you have to explore them on your own.
What to Bring
Bring some snacks, drinks, walking shoes, swimsuit if you want to get in the falls, bug repellent and if you have children all your necessities. There is a snack place with few items and refreshments.
- El Yunque is open 7 days a week and it closes at 6pm.
- El Portal Tropical Forest Center on Rte. 191 is open daily from 9am – 5pm. Tel. (787) 888-1880
- El Yunque Catalina Field Office along the highway on the north side of the forest offer hiking information and will help you plan tours of El Yunque including overnight ones. Tel. (787) 888-1880
Entry to the rainforest is free of charge. Visitor’s center is $3 per person, children 12 and under and seniors is $1.50.
(787) 888-1810 or (787) 888-1880 – US Forest Service
On the Web
Camping at El Yunque Rainforest
Getting to El Yunque National Rainforest
Concierge desk typically have a map of Puerto Rico and ask for additional directions. Following we’ll provide directions from San Juan.
From San Juan take Rte. 26 / Baldorioty de Castro Expressway east to Carolina, from where you will get on Rte. 66 / Roberto Sanchez Vilella Expressway. Go east to the right on Rte. 3, follow east to intersection of Rte.191, a 2 lane highway that leads south into the rainforest. Then take 191 for about 3 miles. As the road goes uphill you will be entering El Yunque Rainforest.
Make a stop at the visitor center for maps and more information about the rainforest. See map below.
Driving through the rainforest
El Yunque was designed in a way that all individuals can enjoy including those with a handicap that are may not be able to walk and explore the trails. Of course, the best experience is by foot, however if you’re not able to walk or short on time, you can drive through the rainforest and even see a few falls along the way. If you have sunroof, open it the whole way and look up at the giant ferns. There is a lookout tour with steps that end at an open observation patio with breathtaking views that extend all the way to the east coast on a clear day.
Map of El Yunque National Rainforest, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Hotels near El Yunque National Rainforest
If you would like to enjoy El Yunque to the max, there are some nice small inns in the heart of the rainforest as well as many resorts and hotels on the east region of Puerto Rico.