waterfall in the backdrop of scenery on a tour in El Yunque Rainforest

Best El Yunque Rainforest Tours & Puerto Rico Adventures

DISCLOSURE: I may link to relevant products, companies or helpful info which may be affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission. As an Amazon Associate & other affiliates, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra charge to you. The views & opinions are my own. Please see the disclaimer and privacy policy.

Last Updated on May 2, 2024

Any trip to Puerto Rico should include a day-trip to visit El Yunque National Forest.  There are many El Yunque tours that you can sign up for in order to see all the El Yunque attractions & hidden gems and I have listed some of the best and most exciting El Yunque Rainforest Tours below!

Most of these tours even include transportation from San Juan so this makes it very easy to sign up for an El Yunque Rainforest Tour.  Whether you want to sightsee for a full day or even a half-day in El Yunque Rainforest, you will get to see waterfalls, natural slides, and amazing rainforest scenery as well as go on many fun and adventurous hikes.

NO TIME to read through the list? SKIP to the Comparison Chart to find the BEST El Yunque Tour in Puerto Rico

What is El Yunque Rainforest?

View of El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico

Do you know what El Yunque National Forest is? 

If not, be sure to take a look at my description of the Rainforest and a review of all the sites in El Yunque so that you can make sure your tour includes everything that you want to see.

If you have a car and are able to drive to the Forest on your own, then make sure to take note of all of my tips in my article of how to visit El Yunque Rainforest FREE of charge — with just an admission fee to the National Forest! Visiting El Yunque on your own is possible, but if not, keep reading for options for guides and El Yunque excursions through the National Forest.

List of the Best Tours El Yunque Puerto Rico

Click on the TABLE for some of the best El Yunque Tours to go right to the description and link

Do you need a RESERVATION for El Yunque National Forest?

Although El Yunque National Forest is a popular place to visit, reservations for entrance to El Yunque are now not required.  It is currently operating on a first-come basis, however there is currently a capacity limit to ensure public safety. The park allows the first 200 cars in line at the gate when it opens.  After that, the gate is closed until the next 20 cars have left the park. They then allow 20 more cars to enter.

Make sure you check El Yunque U.S. Forest website for updates to El Yunque entrance policies.

PRO TIP:  Arrive early in the morning to be one of the first in line.  OR arrive later after the busy morning rush hour has finished.

Guided Tours of El Yunque National Forest

Experience guided tours of El Yunque from San Juan.  Transportation is included with most of these El Yunque tours.  You will get to see all the exotic vegetation, wildlife, many waterfalls, and streams as well as fun hiking trails.

One El Yunque tour operator tells the folk story of ‘Yuquiyu,’ who reigned from his mountaintop throne in El Yunque to protect all who lived in Puerto Rico.

El Yunque Rainforest Tours HALF-DAY

If you have a busy Puerto Rico itinerary and only have time for Half Day tour of El Yunque Rainforest, try these out in order to hit the most important rainforest sites!

Vivid Day Tour in El Yunque Rainforest

This is one of the half-day El Yunque Rainforest excursions that powers through all the fun activities and sites with transportation included. You will be able to completely tour El Yunque Rainforest from your vehicle and from hiking. Waterfalls, natural slides, cliff-diving, and a rope swing. All this in only a half a day of your Puerto Rico itinerary!

El Yunque Rainforest Tours with Waterfalls & Natural Slides

In some areas, the waterfalls have created natural slides that you can enjoy. The rocks have become smooth, so you can glide down and slip into the refreshing water following the path of the waterfall.

If you have a car and are visiting El Yunque on your own, read my tips on how to find and enjoy a hidden Puerto Rico waterfall at Las Paylas. This will be a fun-filled afternoon with exciting rides in Mother Nature’s amusement park.

Waterfall El Yunque Rainforest Tours – FULL DAY

For even MORE fun and slides, sign up for a full day of tours of waterfalls in El Yunque National Forest. You will be taken to many hidden gems and guided on the best way to slide down the waterfall.

Waterfall El Yunque Rainforest Tours HALF DAY

Limited time? Take a half-day El Yunque waterfall tour. This San Juan El Yunque tour includes authentic PUERTO RICO SNACKS along with the fun of the waterfalls. If you are staying a few days in San Juan, transportation is included with no worries or stress of planning!

More Half-Day Tours of El Yunque Rainforest!

Need a Rental Car in Puerto Rico?

If you would rather drive yourself around Puerto Rico for some day trips. I would suggest renting a car in Puerto Rico. It is super easy and I have a whole guide to give you some helpful tips.

El Yunque Rainforest Tours with Cliff Diving

Do you want an El Yunque Rainforest Adventure Tour??? Be BOLD and include some cliff diving on your tour to El Yunque!

El Yunque Rainforest Hiking Tours

Go on a fun hike with an El Yunque National Forest tour from San Juan. Transportation is included in these tours that will pick you up and drive you to the Rainforest. No worries about getting lost or running out of time since your guide will handle all the hiking details!

El Yunque Rainforest Tours and Luquillo Beach

For these El Yunque tours, you can add a relaxing stop at Luquillo Beach to enjoy the Puerto Rican sand and sun. You will still be able to see the Rainforest during your hike, but then it will be followed by some time at the surf!

El Yunque Rainforest Zipline Tours

These are more El Yunque Rainforest Adventure Tours! Fly though the rainforest canopy on these El Yunque zipline tours!

El Yunque Rainforest Tours at Night

Walk through the only rainforest in the U.S. Forestry System and TOUR EL YUNQUE AT NIGHT to hear the sounds of the tree frogs! This is the only evening nature walk in El Yunque Rainforest. Come in the evening to swim in the waterfall pools without all the hoards of tourists!!!

El Yunque Rain forest Tours with BioBay Kayaking

Who wouldn’t love glow-in-the-dark kayaking!!?!? The bioluminescent plankton lights up the water in a cool eerie glow in the world-famous Puerto Rico Bio Bay near El Yunque National Park. Combine your tour of the Rainforest with a kayak tour to experience fun on land and water!

El Yunque Instagram Tours

Puerto Rico is full of many fun Instagram spots. Take this tour to find all the sites in and around El Yunque Rainforest and have your Instagram feed set for days!

or find all the best Instagram sites in Puerto Rico on your own with my helpful guide:

Conclusion of El Yunque Rainforest Tours

Have you taken a tour of El Yunque Rainforest? What did you think of it? Would you recommend it to others? The list is long and varied but there are many options of tours for spending a day in El Yunque National Forest. Most of them even provide transportation from old San Juan. EASY and RELAXING!! Enjoy your time in this beautiful destination!

Like this post? PIN IT for later

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Looks lovely, thanks for sharing! Rainforests always look so lush and beautiful!

El Yunque looks awesome! We hope to get to Puerto Rico someday. I think we’d spend all day at those natural water slides!

What a beautiful park! I added it to my Puerto Rico bucket list! Thanks for sharing.

Wow, had no idea about El Yunque National Forest. Puerto Rico is such an incredible country – I truly wish to visit soon. Thanks for this lovely list, will bookmark it for the future 🙂

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x