Vereda El Yunque is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Campamento Zarzal, Puerto Rico that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail is in a rainforest. Appropriate rain gear is needed. The waterfall is small, but pretty.
Well it is a rainforest and you will get wet, but if you adore lush vegetation, this hike is perfect for you
Fantastic all the trail was clean and well marked
Trails were all paved and easy. Bring a sweater or light jacket because it does get chilly in some parts.
work but worth it
We hiked with guide John Druitt. He explained every aspect of the rainforest-fascinating.
The trailhead begins right in front of the Palo Colorado information center at km marker 11.7, but we accessed it off 191 from Caimitillo trailhead just a little before km 11.7, which ends up meeting up with El Yunque trail just about 15 minutes into the hike. We hike frequently and this trail wasn't too challenging for us, but definitely a good 1,500ft up in elevation to the top (at 3 miles) and took us about 1.5 hours instead of the 2 hours estimated by the information center. If you're an experienced hiker and don't make too many stops along the way, 1.5 hours is plenty of time to get to the top. Overall we got up and back in 3.5 hours with a few stops for photos at the vantage points near the top and some water and snacks at the top. But we didn't stay at the top of the peak for too long because it was very windy and got cold pretty quickly. Once the clouds clear out however, you have a great view! This was a good hike, but it wasn't as interesting along the way up as I was expecting for a rainforest--and being a rainforest, there was thick brush all the way up to the top so no views along the way. We did see some snails, flowers, and a ton of tropical trees.
it's was an easy walk down. great waterfall about 25//30 mins in. all up hill on the way back. Worth it Togo to the bottom. being a change of clothes. you might just get wet. (: