The Guajataca Forest in Isabela is in the karst region of Puerto Rico and the landscape and plant life is totally different than what we are used to seeing in the north-east of the island. I thought the best part about this forest is exploring Cueva del Viento . During a trip to the south-west part of the island, we found some diving that I would highly recommend. That region is home to “the Wall” and the diving was great! We went wall diving at La Parguera and I thought it was the best diving we have seen on PR. We recently had the opportunity to re-visit the biobay in La Parguera, after having visited it for the first time 18 years ago.
But service to these two airports is far more limited, meaning San Juan will be your likely arrival point in most instances. , the island serves up plenty of tropical cocktails and other beverages made from local ingredients. It’s a quick trip from points hiking south and it’s nearly always bright and sunny. It’s a U.S. territory so there’s no need to worry about money conversions, passports, international data plans or language barriers . El Yunque forest is open daily, except Christmas, and closes at 6 p.m.
It was formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest until its name was changed to El Yunque, after one of the island’s Native spirits, in 2007. Located in northeastern Puerto Rico, El Yunque is the largest Puerto Rico rainforest, as well as the only rainforest in the United States National Forest system. I had an amazing day hiking in El Yunque following the ranger’s advice and the most up-to-date map available. Member reviews become available after at least 5 are received in order to provide you with an accurate picture of this travel product.
World famous La Factoria is classified as a restaurant and still open daily. In Old San Juan, some businesses like Café Cuatro Sombras have pivoted to pick-up orders while Chocobar Cortés has expanded seating to their second floor art gallery to allow for social distancing. Chocobar donated more than 10,000 meals to local residents in the beginning of the pandemic in order to keep employees on payroll during the lockdown. Amber Gibson is a freelance journalist specializing in travel, food, wine and wellness. She writes for Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, Departures, Robb Report, Four Seasons Magazine, Hemispheres, Fodor’s and more.
But there are other forests in Puerto Rico that offer all that, too. We had hiked in the Toro Negro Forest a number of years ago. I remembered it was very nice and parts of the forest looked very much like El Yunque. So we decided to go back again recently to take notes and write about it for anyone who wants an alternative to hiking in El Yunque.
One of the things that we enjoy the most about our excursions is that everyday on the water, in the rainforest, or anywhere in Puerto Rico, it’s a different experience. According to the specific weather conditions, seasons, and availabilities for any given day, a trip may vary slightly from our advertised offerings. On these rare occasions our tour guides will select the route that they believe will be the most fun and enjoyable for the entire group. Some days a given trip may do an additional stop beyond what is advertised, at the same time, that trip may do one less stop than what is advertised. For that reason, we encourage you to choose your trips based on the rough descriptions provided here on our website and simply trust us to provide you with a wonderful experience.
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Also committed to utilizing local ingredients, the restaurant sources its menu components from nearby farmers. The El Yunque-adjacent strip offers some of the most delicious, locally sourced cuisine on the island, including meats and produce farmed from the rain forest itself. Even if you plan to explore extensively outside the city limits of San Juan, the capital city may still be the best place to stay. Puerto Rico is not a large island, and you can reach Ponce on the southern coast and Mayaguez on the west coast in two hours or less from San Juan. Travel about 45 minutes from San Juan to the northeastern part of the island and you’ll arrive at the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Although it’s one of the smallest forests in America, at almost 29,000 acres, it’s one of the most biologically diverse.
If you are hungry, visit this spot next to the road that leads to the forest entrance. Should you want to spend the night, you can stay right inside the park at a place calledCasa Cubuy. It’s decidedly rustic, but the location is incredible, with spectacularly beautiful views of cascading waterfalls, birds, cliffs, and more. Tap into your adventurous side and enjoy Puerto Rico’s waterfalls and greenery. Walk up the steps of El Yunque’s Observation Tower and enjoy the scenic and serene views the rainforest has to offer.
Once again, it is open and, similar to in olden days, it is full of only organically grown and homemade organic products. Today, it is called the Mercado Agricola Natural Viejo San Juan and it is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds, for locals and visitors alike. Lionfish are beautiful fish that have distinctive red, maroon, brown and white stripes on their head and body, and fan-like fins.
After an interpretive hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, we will arrive to a hidden gem found in the heart of the rainforest. This breathtaking segment of the 29,000 acre forest is like a natural playground. Along with all of this excitement, you will also have time to simply relax to the sounds of cascading waters and take in the beauty of this very special place. During the “summer” months, you see and hear a lot more about “internal tourism” both in the news and on the internet.
The Casa Bacardi is also worth a visit for parents — it’s easily as popular as the city itself. Combine two of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, Luquillo Beach and El Yunque Rainforest, into one great trip on this full-day excursion from San Juan. Enjoy the lush beauty of this tropical forest as you complete a series of short hikes to nearby waterfalls for wildlife viewing, sightseeing, and swimming. Finish the day with time to sunbathe and swim along one of the island’s more scenic stretches of sand. Guided tours provide insight into some of the island’s more popular attractions.