Can you drive to El Yunque Peak Tower?
The service road to El Yunque peak is to the left, and the hiking trail to the peak is straight ahead on the left. I recommend that you take the trail. The road to the peak is smooth and paved, and the distance is shorter, but it is very, very steep.
How long is the El Yunque trail?
El Yunque Trail (2.5 miles, 1 hour, strenuous, paved and gravel) is one of the forest’s longest and most strenuous hikes. It starts a little north of the Palo Colorado Visitors Center and climbs to an altitude of 3,400 feet.
How do you get to the El Yunque trail?
El Yunque Trail takes you up all the way to one of the highest points in the Forest: El Yunque Peak. This trail is accessed through the Caimitillo or Mt. Britton Spur trails. As the elevation changes you can observe different trees.
Where do you park for the El Yunque trail?
Parking for El Yunque trail is available in two paved parking lots adjacent to the Palo Colorado Visitors center and at designated areas along the road. walk up Rd 191 and turn right onto Road 10 and walk all the way up. It is about 1.6 miles to the top on a steep and sunny road.
Can you swim in the waterfalls at El Yunque?
La Coca is the highest waterfall in El Yunque (falling 85 feet!), and while you can’t swim here, you’ll be so distracted by the falls that you won’t mind. Once you’ve seen your fill of the falls, you can head back down to the road.
Can you swim in El Yunque waterfall?
Swimming in El Yunque The U. S. Forest Service recommends two swimming holes in El Yunque. La Coca Falls drops 85 feet, spilling over a huge rock formation into a pool that is perfect for wading and swimming. Look for the La Coca Falls parking area shortly after entering the park.
How difficult is El Yunque trail?
Discover this 5.4-mile out-and-back trail near Carata de la Mina, East Region. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 59 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring.
Is El Yunque worth visiting?
El Yunque is a huge tourist spot and there are hundreds of tour buses that make the trip up the two-lane road winding through the forest. If you don’t start early, you can get stuck coming and going from the forest behind these buses. It is well worth the effort to wake up early for this one.
Can you hike El Yunque without a guide?
No trip to Puerto Rico is complete without a trip to El Yunque National Rainforest and let me start by saying first and foremost you DO NOT need a guided tour to enjoy El Yunque. Tours cost about $50-$100 per person including a guide and transportation from most popular hotels on the island.
Can I just walk into El Yunque?
Normally, El Yunque is free to enter and you don’t need a permit. However, due to park regulations regarding COVID-19, you need to reserve your time slot online here ahead of time. It’s still technically free to enter, but there is a $2 service fee, which you pay by credit card online.