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El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Feel like a true Puerto Rican explorer during this day of "off-the-beaten path" discovery in El Yunque rainforest. Avoid the big crowds from the cruise ships and hotels as you blaze a trail to the lesser-known attractions of this lush tropical eden. Admire gorgeous orchids, exotic birds and wildlife like the Coquí (tree frog) as you hike to secret waterfalls and hidden swimming spots, enjoying your secluded adventure amidst the fresh air and beautiful scenery of this Puerto Rican paradise. National park fees, plus round-trip hotel transport, are included.
  • Escape the crowds on this 'off-the-beaten path' exploration of El Yunque
  • Avoid the cruise ship groups and hotel tours at the park's most popular sites
  • Feel like an explorer during visits to secret off-trail waterfalls and hidden swimming spots
  • Great excursion for the adventurous
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Park fees.
Bottled water and light snacks.
USCG certified Lifejackets.
Pick-up and drop-off (within touristic zone and selected San Juan areas)
Lunch
Gratuities
Additional fees for pick up/ drop off outside of San Juan.

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7:00 AM
Complimentary pick up in selected areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Ocean Park and Calle Loiza. Meeting point available by PR-3 in Rio Grade, Luquillo and Fajardo. Exact pick up time will be provided the day prior to the tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please dress appropriately: Wear hiking shoes (tennis with a good grip also works). Can also bring water shoes for when you go into the river . Please note: shoes will get wet and very muddy
  • Wear comfortable clothing, swimsuit underneath, bring a towel and change of clothes. Wear sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
  • You must have a good breakfast before departing on this tour.
  • Pregnant women, persons with knee and/or back injuries or recent surgeries, those with walking disabilities or physical impairments, or other serious medical conditions cannot participate on this tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (not suitable for children under 7 years).
  • Due to safety reasons participants must be able to understand English or Spanish. Legally blind or deaf persons are not able to participate due to the same. A Private tour would be the most appropriate option on these cases.
  • Bus will wait only 5 minutes after your assigned pick up time. No refunds will be issued if you miss your pick up.
  • Operates based on weather and river conditions, there is a possibility of cancellation if conditions are not found safe during rainy days.
  • Once you begin the tour, you must finish it all the way up to the second stop and return back with the group.
  • Use of lifejacket and helmet is mandatory. $100 fee will apply for each piece of equipment if not returned.
  • Failure to provide hotel/lodging information upon booking may result in bus not being able to pick you at your location or close to it. No refunds will be issued if you miss your pick up.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers MUST provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and/or re-boarding time.
  • Complimentary pick up in Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Calle Loiza areas (contact us for additional assistance).
  • Additional transfer fee to towns outside of selected San Juan/Metro area will apply (each way):Rio Grande / Dorado / Fajardo/ Humacao).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please travel light and only bring the necessary to the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like passport, large sums of cash or credit cards. Cell phones require waterproof case and can be brought under your own risk..
  • Bespoke LM Reserves the Right of Admission - If a person appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not following instructions, being disruptive or not dressed appropriately (due safety) the Guide has the right to Cancel their reservation at any moment, and No Refunds will be issued due to this.
  • Estimated tour duration of 8 hours includes: 3.5 hours at the forest, 1.5 hr driving each way and lunch time.
  • Persons with the previously listed health restrictions cannot participate on the tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bespoke Lifestyle Management
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What should I wear during the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Wear a bathing suit and comfortable clothes. Bring a towel and extra pair of clothing. Hiking and water shoes are strongly recommended, tennis with a good grip also work.
Feb 2021
Q:
Should I eat before the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Yes, be sure to have a good breakfast before we depart as we will be having a late lunch stop.
Feb 2021
Q:
How strenuous is the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Participants must be physically capable of walking thru steep, rocky, muddy trails, and have balance to walk by uneven surfaces without assistance.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can pregnant women participate in the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Due to safety concerns, it is not recommended for pregnant women past their first trimester to participate.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can I bring my children on the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Children must be 7 years or older to participate.
Feb 2021
Q:
Will I get wet during the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Yes, the initial hike/walk is a 25-30 minute journey up a dirt/rock path with some river wading. We will visit a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall as well as another pool area where you will have the opportunity to swim.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is lunch included during the El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:Lunch is not included.
Feb 2021
Q:
What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:This tour is subject to weather and river conditions. In the event of cancellation, we will offer other options, to reschedule or provide a refund.
Feb 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour.

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  • "Bring good hiking shoes that you don't mind getting wet, what's most important is that you have good footing underneath you!" See review
  • "I do NOT recommend you hike with water shoes because you will be climbing rocks and will slip." See review
  • "Pay attention to the “ what to expect” section of tour." See review

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Enjoy Nature with Some Adventure!
Miguel_M
, Jun 2022
Franchesca and George were the perfect guides for this tour! They were both very engaging and fun to be around. We had a blast and are beyond happy. If you want to capture great memories of Puerto Rico's beauty and nature with some awesome moments of adventure, then this is your tour! 🇵🇷
star-5
Awesome Experience
Tashy_M
, Jun 2022
Definitely was a vibe ! Not too much of a walk ! Wish we could’ve seen more waterfalls . But overall not so bad . At first water is cold but how hot it was .. definitely got use to it !
star-3
Just ok
Rebecca_K
, Jun 2022
20+ people in life jackets and helmets surrounded by other groups of 20+ people not wearing this gear surrounded by 20+ locals. The forest is beautiful and the swimming hole they take you to is beautiful however you just stand in line to jump off a cliff one time and swing on a rope or go down the water slide. It would be incredible if this were a secret spot only the locals know. Staff was really nice. ***you have to climb slippery wet rocks… this is not easy***
star-5
Exciting time in the rainforest!
Chad_M
, Jun 2022
Cliff jumping and riding the waterfall like a water slide! Felix was the most amazing guide. His positive energy is contagious. Highly recommend!
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El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour
keith_c
, May 2022
The 3 guides were all awesome. They made this a family trip with a bus full of travelers. The hike was challenging. Ut worth the effort. The water slide, rope jump and cliff leap were all so much less intimidating because of the guides solid directions and assistance. Would definitely recommend this to a friend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We truly appreciate your recommendation! Safety is our priority, and making sure you have a great experience is the second :)
star-5
A must do
Paul_V
, May 2022
Felix and the crew where such a blast! They had us laughing a ton. They did the perfect balance of entertainment, education, but also was able to reel it in and really hype on safety. We went in with minimal expectations and we came out recommending it to everyone at the wedding we went to the following day!
star-5
We had a huge group of...
Vicky_M
, Apr 2022
We had a huge group of 49(!) people for a wedding party and the guides accommodated us wonderfully and made sure each and every one got through safely and with great memories. I was very impressed
star-5
Breath taking
Jose_R
, Apr 2022
The absolute beauty of the rainforest, and sharing this experience with my family on this once in a lifetime trip will be memories that last a lifetime. The diversity of this forest and the tour guides passion and knowledge about this one of a kind forest was awesome. Definitely a very highly recommended tour!
star-5
Loved the waterfall...
Tabitha_H
, Apr 2022
Loved the waterfall slides. Fun experience!! Went with the husband. We both enjoyed it. Our tour guide was great!
star-5
Adventure of a lifetime
Natasha_C
, Apr 2022
This was a thorough excellent tour of El Yunque. Let me forewarn you that this tour is not for those weak in spirit. It requires physical stamina and will power. It is fun but not easy- particularly if you’re not used to hiking through slippery rocks, excessive mud, and wading through rivers. However the communion that you will have with nature is beyond rewarding. George and Jaime were amazing tour guides. I am in my mid 40s in average shape and was accompanied by my 19 and 7 year old. Both guides were very attentive and made sure that we all made it through safely and had fun. I highly recommend this tour if you are up for adventure. Strongly recommend hiking boots and wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting really dirty. You must be willing to be one with the mud!
star-5
A must do. So much fun
Steven_W
, Apr 2022
This was my second time doing this trip and it was a great experience again. It is a good hike and the water is great. Guides are great at what they do.
star-5
Great experience, terrific guides!
Michael_M
, Apr 2022
Great experience! Frankie, Chris, and Mitchell were friendly and engaging guides that made our adventure of mud hiking, rock scrambling, and water fun both exciting and safe. We absolutely loved the natural water slides and jumping from a 20 ft cliff into a natural pool (and I’m afraid of heights!). Beautiful landscape that we were thrilled to experience. Definitely wear closed toe shoes that you don’t mind getting super muddy (like water shoes). Big thumbs up!
star-2
Waste of money
Dhirender_S
, Apr 2022
The trip was highlighted as a hiking trip, you know, how long was the hike? 1.5 KM only. It mostly involved jumping from cliffs and diving in water, which I was least interested in. I don't recommend spending 100 dollars for such a short hike and a few water slides.
star-5
The entire experience was...
Robyn_D
, Apr 2022
The entire experience was rewarding as well as challenging. Cliff Jumping was by far my favorite part.
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star-5
Awesome day in the rainforest!
Clare_R
, Mar 2022
Frankie was an amazing guide! He brought energy, excitement and education to our experience! Amazing rainforest hike filled with beauty and adventure. A very memorable day. :-)
star-5
Really fun and great experience!
Kayla_W
, Mar 2022
This was really fun! At first we were intimated by how much hiking it actually was but It turned out to be fine. I’m average build and I don’t really workout so I was able to do It just fine. We had on full gear which was a nice safety measure I noticed other tours didn’t have. Franchesca was really nice and took good pictures and videos of us which was really great because we didn’t have our phones but wanted to make sure we captured the moments! Elias and George were really helpful too with guiding us and lifting us up when we were have a little difficulties. I definitely recommend this tour and I would do It again!
star-5
Great experience and wonderful personnel.
Teresa_F
, Mar 2022
Franchesca was wonderful! She made our trip memorable! We got on the wrong tour bus and she patiently guided us to the next stop. She was a great guide leader and fun to be with as a guide. We were so happy to have her on our trip!
star-5
Fun in the Jungle
Kevin_K
, Mar 2022
Excellent time! Frankie and Louis were fantastic tour guides, so encouraging and helpful. They were knowledgeable and fun and able to connect with all of us in the group—various ages and abilities. There is some waiting once you are in the water, so you will need to be patient, but the surroundings are gorgeous so it’s not too difficult! The description of the tour is spot on—I suggest wearing shoes that you do not mind tossing after you are done. You will be wet and muddy Abby the end, but they have hoses to clean off and everyone left content and happy.
star-5
Amazing, once in a lifetime experience !
Katherine_P
, Mar 2022
Jason was a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who made the whole trip safe and fun. The cliff jumping/water slide/rope swing was a group favorite and every part of the rainforest we hiked in was gorgeous. Got very muddy very quickly but by the end you get cleaned off and I was ready to go through it all again it was so fun! Great trip and great people!
star-5
Don't think twice, book this
Elizabeth_R
, Mar 2022
Frankie was an amazing tour guide. We felt super safe and comfortable the entire hike. I'm nervous when it comes to water adventures but can say I never felt at risk and even participated in the water slides and cliff jumped due to my confidence in the team. There were other groups on tours and I was so happy we chose this group. Frankie even helped another group not apart of ours with an injury they had. It was such a great experience, we are so happy about

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