Private Tour of El Yunque National Rainforest from San Juan


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From $1500.00

2 reviews   (4.50)

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Pricing Info:

Duration: 7 hours

Departs: puerto rico, puerto rico

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Overview

Take advantage of this unique excursion that will take you to an area of the El Yunque Rainforest lesser known to the public. With the guidance of your private, certified tour guide you will embark on an estimate 30 minute hike that will take you to the forest rivers, natural pools and waterfalls. Learn important and interesting facts about the only Tropical Rainforest in the US Forest System, and about Puerto Rico in general. Let your senses bring you back to the times where the Taino roamed thru this same forest, and take in all the beauty it has to offer. Depending on your skills the guide may continue going further up the forest into other sets of natural pools and waterfall.

 


What's Included

Bottled water, Gatorade, and light snacks

Driver/guide

Informative, friendly and professional Certified Tour Guide

Round-trip private transfer (from San Juan, Metro area, Rio Grande, Luquillo or Fajardo)

What's Not Included

Additional food and drinks (available for Purchase)

Gratuity for your tour guide is not included but greatly appreciated


Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 99

Additional Info

  • At the time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • If the Off the Beaten path version is not suitable for you, please contact us for further options that are lower impact.
  • Operates based on weather and river conditions, there is a possibility of cancellation if conditions are not found safe during rainy days.
  • Persons with the previously listed health restrictions cannot participate on the tour. No refunds will be authorized if a person neglects to read complete description and does not meet the safety requirements and limitations on the day of the tour.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing, tennis or hiking shoes (mandatory), swimsuit, bring a towel and change of clothes, sunscreen, and a camera
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Vegetarian option is available at restaurant
  • At the time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • If the Off the Beaten path version is not suitable for you, please contact us for further options that are lower impact.
  • Operates based on weather and river conditions, there is a possibility of cancellation if conditions are not found safe during rainy days.
  • Persons with the previously listed health restrictions cannot participate on the tour. No refunds will be authorized if a person neglects to read complete description and does not meet the safety requirements and limitations on the day of the tour.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing, tennis or hiking shoes (mandatory), swimsuit, bring a towel and change of clothes, sunscreen, and a camera
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Vegetarian option is available at restaurant

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.

What To Expect

El Yunque National Forest
Escape into the El Yunque Rainforest in this private guided tour limited to a maximum of 6 travelers (additional fee per person will apply for up to 14 persons). The only tropical rainforest in the United States national forest system, El Yunque is a lush, tropical paradise full of green vegetation, tropical birds, and wildlife. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to hike and explore different zones of El Yunque Rainforest in a completely off the beaten path way.

After the initial 30 minute hike that includes river wading and rock climbing you will arrive to the first set of natural pools. Here you can swing from a rope, take a dip in a waterfall and enjoy going down on the natural waterslides (after a few minutes of a more strenuous rock climbing).

Learn fun facts on natural history education, medicinal and toxic plant identification, geology, ecology, the Island's history and many other subjects. Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If due to mobility issues, physical condition or small children in the group (please see complete list of safety requirement and limitations) you require for a less strenuous tour we offer an alternate option. However, we can only go on limited days a week, please contact us prior to booking in order to confirm availability for the more subtle Rainforest tour option.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Great trip
Ti Lon C, 16-08-2019
We had a wonderful time on the tour and our guide was very attentive and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour to all.
Adventure, learning, and muddy fun
medmom2002, 21-02-2021
As our group of 6 +2 was preparing to travel to PR for the first time, I looked for a private tour provider to guide us in El Yunque. We understood that the guided hiking path is limited as the guided tours are not allowed on the only remaining hiking path since the hurricane. That independent path is open, but based on some recommendations was difficult to navigate, and we opted for a private guided tour off-the-beaten-path.
Bespoke customer service was friendly and responsive. They warned us of the moderate activity required for the tour, 1 hr each way to get there from San Juan, and they also walked us through expectations, including the combination of hiking and water-immersed adventures. We were told that the initial hike is muddy and we should be prepared for a slippery path with appropriate non-slip hiking shoes but would have limited utility for ponchos and other extras. Throughout the planning stage, Bespoke was responsive to our needs.
On the day of the trip, Hector, our tour guide, was outstanding--organized and engaging; he was equally prepared to talk about the many living wonders of the rainforest and their purpose, as he was to the current situation experienced by locals. He was fun, supportive, and full of great ideas--including a market stop for fruits to eat on our trip. He was reassuring to our friends, who realized while on the van that this adventure was not right for them--but at that point, the return trip for one of 4 couples was difficult to arrange, and they opted to wait for us at the local house--where they were welcomed with Hector's recommendation. After about 25 minutes hike in the muddy, slippery, and not the most beautiful part of the rainforest (I have to presume), we learned about post-hurricane changes and some of the fascinating wildlife there. Then, we had to cross the shallow river as Hector prepared a quick snack of fruits we purchased on the way. They guided those who wanted to rope-swing into the river, and we continued climbing for about 30 more minutes to the diving cliff. I loved both experiences, but none of my friends were interested. They watched the first one and were able to jump off the smaller cliff for the second, to start our return to the van. We changed and were escorted to a really nice area of Luquillo beach, where we had an excellent beachfront lunch. Hector met us after lunch and took us back to the hotel. He continued to be a source of great recommendations for dining and entertainment--and could not have been more accommodating. The Bespoke was genuine in allowing special accommodations for our friends that did not complete the trip. In summary,
1. The actual hiking component of the trip is insignificant unless one is able and interested in being in the water most of the time (at least ankle-deep).
2. Bespoke is very friendly and Hector specifically was outstanding
3. If you choose to go, it's not for the wonders of ElYunque as there are very limited rainforest exposures, but for the water adventures which were really fun and very memorable for me
4. Make sure you are prepared for a muddy slippery walk, that you will most likely encounter rain, and only enter a sense of adventure anticipating some discomforts if you choose to go on this tour. If that's the expectation, Bespoke is excellent.

While short of the "extreme" called by my friends, it was not what I expected of the hike in the rainforest, but I certainly loved it personally, and recommend Hector and Bespoke for the right people looking to experience El Yunque in this limited way.




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