El Yunque National Forest

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As the only tropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunque is a prized possession in Puerto Rico. Explore its nearly 28,000 acres of dense forests and rough mountain landscape through their hiking trails, lookout towers, or driving through its main road and simply looking around.

El Yunque National Forest contains nearly a dozen different trails that hikers can choose from when exploring the forest, all great for seeing wildlife and the beautiful Puerto Rican scenery. Additionally, guests can also partake is a few of the parks water activities.


Positioned on the island of Puerto Rico, 6.7 miles southeast of Rio Grande, El Yunque National Forest welcomes travelers rooming on this part of the island or close by. Even if you are not staying very close, you are free to stop by to check out the sights. It is 7.1 miles south west of Luquillo.

El Yunque has its own major road, Route 191, which is easily accessible.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be sharing a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of El Yunque National Forest. The most proximate place to eat to El Yunque National Forest is Yuquiyu Delights, which is an easy to come by snackbar. La Parilla Restaurant and Ely's Place are some more restaurant choices nearby. At Ely's Place you and your group might try a bit of Creole meals and enjoy the culture of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Other local activities include La Mina Falls, which is within traveling distance near Luquillo. Also, you might consider visiting Juan Diego Falls, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Nature preserves are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near El Yunque National Forest
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
La Mina Falls GeoFeature 0.8 mi. (11.9 km) WNW 7.4 mi. South West of Luquillo
Juan Diego Falls GeoFeature 1.4 mi. (9.3 km) NNE 5.8 mi. South West of Luquillo
La Coca Falls GeoFeature 5.1 mi. (14.6 km) W 9.0 mi. South of Loiza
Parque Damaso Rivera Other Attraction 6.6 mi. (2.3 km) NNE 1.4 mi. West of Luquillo

More Information


The forest is open to the public everyday from 7:30am until 6:00pm.

Location: Puerto Rico


(787) 888-1880




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