If you are looking to be immersed in nature, look no further. A trip to El Yunque will take you hiking deep into the heart of endangered flora and fauna, it will take you bathing under waterfalls and rafting down rapids. El Yunque Tours are a unique opportunity to be simultaneously at one with nature and adventuring for an adrenaline rush.
If you are looking to be immersed in nature, look no further. A trip to El Yunque will take you hiking deep into the heart of endangered flora and fauna, it will take you bathing under waterfalls and rafting down rapids. El Yunque Tours are the unique opportunity to be simultaneously at one with nature and adventuring for an adrenaline rush.
Formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, President George W. Bush renamed the nature reserve El Yunque in 2007 in order to better reflect the cultural and historical background of the Puerto Rican people. The etymology of El Yunque comes from the aboriginal Taino word yu-ke which means ‘white lands’ in reference to the cloud covered summits. The rainforest and its mountains are places of legend and are of immense cultural significance for the people of Puerto Rico; from information gathered from petroglyphs carved on boulders along the various waterways of El Yunque, indigenous Tainos believed that their chief god ‘Yúcahu’ reigned from atop the throne of El Yunque.
These mountains and forest were particularly important following Spanish colonisation; as indigenous populations elsewhere on the island were decimated due to forced labor and new diseases, the mountains represented a haven for the aborigines and were deemed unsafe by colonists.
There are plenty of options for a unique getaway into the jungle. Just because you have made the decision to stay under the cover of the huge green awning, doesn’t mean the other highlights of Puerto Rico are not accessible; in fact, the blue flag Luquillo Beach is only a 15 minute drive away and Old San Juan is barely twice that. Deciding to stay in the rainforest could be an other-worldly experience, you will feel as though you and your party are the only people around; this is the opportunity to escape the typical tourist resorts you’ve been searching for.
Any of the main resorts along the East Coast however could provide the ideal base if you’re looking for a beach vacation with a quick day trip into the jungle. Luquillo is known as ‘La Capital del Sol’ and boasts a sublime golden coast with turquoise waters. Fajardo could also provide picturesque lodgings for your vacation, known for its opalescent bay and easy access to the stunning and secluded islands of Vieques and Culebra.
El Yunque tours provide the perfect opportunity for escapism and complete rejuvenation. Once you enter into the deep green canopies, you can expect patchy cell signal at best, so make yourself present and appreciate your other-worldly surroundings. Learn about the 240 plant species, and see if you can spot some of the endangered wildlife, like the Puerto Rican Parrot and Coqui frog, which are only endemic to this very island.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
The best way to access El Yunque is by hiring your own car and driving there yourself. Taxis, ubers and buses will all get you within the vicinity, however they are unable to take you to where the hiking trails begin. If you’re unsure and would like some advice, please don’t hesitate in contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or check out some of our tours above that will show you the very best bits of El Yunque.