Soaring into a Green Oasis
In the foothills of America's only tropical rainforest, just miles from the city of San Juan and coastal resorts, riders ascend to treehouse-like platforms to begin soaring flights through the forest canopy. It's an adventure, to be sure, but also an enlightening look at an elevated ecosystem not normally seen by humans. Here, butterflies, parrots and Puerto Rico's enigmatic coquí tree frogs make their homes among the branches of tabonuco and mahogany trees. This experience isn't reserved for daredevils, thanks to established safety protocols and attentive guides who ensure that participants of all ages can enjoy the thrills of flight in a unique natural environment.
- Best for: Everyone, from rainforests to watersports and spas, Puerto Rico has something for everyone
- Best season to visit: Year-round
- Weather: Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from the 70s in winter to summer highs in the upper 80s. Inland mountains remain cooler, and east coast sites enjoy trade winds. Winters are dry. Rain is more common from April through Nov
Puerto Rico Information
Ziplining in Puerto Rico Overview
Just a few miles from coastal plains, Puerto Rico's landscape transitions to a line of mountains that run the length of the island. The eastern end of the range is home to El Yunque National Forest and the Northeast Ecological Corridor Nature Reserve. The island's most popular zipline courses are set in the foothills of this rainforest preserve.
Ziplining in Puerto Rico Tips
In addition to assisting riders with connections and transitions at each platform, guides can provide a wealth of information on the rainforest environment. After completing the zipline courses, participants can also enjoy a more leisurely view of the forest canopy while crossing an elevated suspension bridge.
Best Places for Ziplining in Puerto Rico
A half hour's drive from downtown San Juan, the hills of a rainforest preserve in Rio Grande municipality are home to a series of zip lines that run between platforms uniquely designed to adapt to the topography and shape of the host trees. These added structures create a symbiotic relationship which protects the tree and allows for long-term use.
What to Pack for Ziplining in Puerto Rico
Close-toed shoes are requested by the operators. Either shorts or long pants with a comfortable fit that won't bind when wearing a zipline harness. A scrunchie or tie to put long hair in a ponytail or bun. A light jacket if doing the combo tour that also includes El Yunque rain forest.
Passport and/or Visa Requirements
Entry Requirements: No passport necessary for U.S. citizens to enter Puerto Rico. No visa is required for U.S. Citizens.
Vaccinations are not required for entry into Puerto Rico. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.
Culture and Customs
When you arrive in Puerto Rico, you are still on US soil, but also very much in the Caribbean. No passport is needed, and English and Spanish are spoken in equal measure, but the culture is a blend of island styles and Latin-American traditions. San Juan is a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern commercial center, but also a city with a long and storied history dating back to the days of Spanish treasure galleons and the real pirates of the Caribbean. The posh resorts and trendy boutiques of the Condado District are just a short stroll away from the narrow cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings of Old San Juan. Drive into the mountains and as four-lane highways transition into cliff-hugging single lanes you step back into an era of village life, and then into settings where nature still takes center stage. El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System, and surrounding mountains hide an eco- adventurer's dreamscape of canyons, caves and waterfalls. At Toro Verde, the mile-and-a-half-long Monster is the world's longest zip line, and the Camuy River Cave Park features the world's third longest underground river. Surfers flock to world-class breaks near the west-coast town of Rincon, paddlers explore the mangrove lagoons of Parguera, and big game fishermen depart San Juan Harbor to do battle with trophy sized blue marlin. Those who prefer luxury over adventure can relax at premier resorts, play tour-worth golf courses, indulge in five-star spa services and sample the island's vibrant culinary scene.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
Electricity in Puerto Rico is 110 volts, 60 cycles, so no adapter will be needed for US visitors. The country code/area code for Puerto Rico is 787. Some U.S. providers include calls and data usage from Puerto Rico so be sure to check with your provider to see if additional costs will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.
The environmental standards that apply to water in the U.S. apply to Puerto Rico. The water is safe to drink and bottled water if preferred is available for purchase.
Language & Currency
Both English and Spanish are the official languages in Puerto Rico, however Spanish is more frequently spoken by the people of Puerto Rico. The currency in Puerto Rico is the US Dollar.
Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Puerto Rico is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).
Location, Size and Population
Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean and part of the Greater Antilles. The islands are located west of the Virgin Islands and east of the Dominican Republic. The Northern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean while the Southern coast faces the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico is 30 miles wide North to South and 90 miles long East to West, 3,515 square miles total and includes a number of small islands, Mona to the west, along with Culebra and Vieques to the east. The capital and most populated municipality is San Juan, located on the northeastern shore of the main island
The population of Puerto Rico is 3.68 million (2016).