On this fascinating tour, you'll pass typical native towns before ascending through rapidly changing vistas of amazing vegetation to reach El Yunque. The rainforest is home to more than 240 species of plants and wildlife, waterfalls, streams and hiking trails leading to enticing locations. El Yunque Rainforest offers great hiking trails set amidst exotic vegetation. On this guided tour, you will visit La Coca Falls and spend time at El Portal Visitor Center to learn about the unique ecosystem you are surrounded by. Complete the day with rainforest views from Yokah Observation Tower.
A leisurely drive takes you to the trailhead while your guide shares stories and history about the towns along the way. Once at the trailhead, get ready to explore the exotic flora and fauna of the El Yunque Rainforestone of the oldest forest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. Smell the mix of fragrances from beautiful flowers and fresh ginger growing along the trail as your guide shares local knowledge about the area. This is a true, tropical paradise in which the Taino Indians have resided and considered sacred for years.
A stop at El Portal Visitor Center provides valuable insight into the surrounding wildlife. Spend time exploring the elevated walkways through the treetops, educational displays, and several walking trails before the journey continues along streams and misting waterfalls. La Coca Fallsa 85 feet (26 m) waterfallquickly comes into view with its magnificent drop down onto huge rock formations and a shallow-water pool. Climb 98 spiral steps to the top of Yokah Tower at 69 feet (21 m) tall, where views are unobstructed and far-reaching. At this point you are 1,500 feet (457 m) above sea level and it is a great place to relax before your return trek.You'll see tree orchids, giant ferns, wild flowers, tropical hardwoods and spectacular waterfalls, and see panoramic views of the entire north-eastern coast. The tour stops for vistas of the most beautiful sights on this tour, so don't forget to bring your camera!