Puerto Rico Rainforest Tours and Information
Puerto Rico rainforest tours and exploration allow visitors to experience the true feel of the land.
El Yunque Caribbean National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System. El Yunque occupies 28,000 acres and it is more than 3,500 feet above sea level. The annual rainfall is extremely heavy. It receives more than 100 billion gallons per year.
The mountains that rise to 3,533 ft. above sea level comprise most of the forest land and can sometimes receive rainfall of over 200 inches (508 centimeters) at higher elevations! El Yunque Rainforest has an average temperature of 73° F (21° C), and seasonal changes are almost imperceptible. It is the ideal climate for exuberant tropical vegetation.
El Portal Rain Forest Center features information about the importance of El Yunque and a tropical forest in general.
The rain forest is noted for its biodiversity; it is "home" to thousands of native plants including 150 fern species, 240 tree species (88 of these are endemic or rare and 23 are exclusively found in this forest). The El Yunque National Forest has no large wildlife species, but hundreds of smaller animals abound in this gentle forest, many of which exist nowhere else on the planet!! Don’t miss out on Puerto Rico rainforest tours during your next stay at the Fajardo Inn!
Directions from The Fajardo Inn:
Exit the hotel onto #3 and follow it for approximately 15.7 kilometers/9.8 miles (through Fajardo and past the communities of Luquillo and Fortuna) until you see the sign for "Palmer-El Yunque" on your left. Turn left at the traffic signal and follow the road through the village of Palmer until you see the sign for PR Road # 191. (Hint: there is a restaurant called "Noname", painted a bright-turquoise on the corner!) Turn left on PR # 191 and follow it for approximately 4 kilometers/2 miles until you see the El Yunque National Forest sign. The entrance to the El Portal Rain Forest Center is on your right-hand side just after you enter the forest.
Call our hotel in Puerto Rico at 1-800-860-6006 or book online today!
If using a GPS device on your vehicle here are the coordinates for some of their main sites:
El Portal Rain Forest Center -
N18° 20' 21.3"
W065° 45' 36.5"
Catalina Work Center -
N18° 20' 17.4"
W065° 45' 40.7"
Palo Colorado Interpretive Site -
N18° 18' 04.7"
W065° 47' 04.9"