Lush green vegetation, steep hillsides and cascading waterfalls were the perfect contrast to the sandy beaches and cozy accommodations back at the San Juan Marriott.
A 7am departure wasn’t an ideal match for the all-night Puerto Rican dance parties, but the fresh rainforest air quickly trumped the urge to retreat back into my plush king bed.
El Toro Negro is the highest rainforest in Puerto Rico and is much less visited than the large el Yunque Rainforest to the east.
The adventure takes place at a private land inside one of the segments of the National Forest where our tour guides, Acampa, is the only authorized company that operates.
We hiked down through a coffee plantation into the Canyon of Toro Negro River where we made our way along a pristine rainforest creek and through a series of waterfalls, rock climbs and refreshing pools.
From the riverbeds, we hiked up the mountain to the rainforest canopy at 3,000ft above sea level and reached the highest point of Puerto Rico.
Along the journey our guides impressed us with their knowledge of the area and foliage, and I almost convinced them to let me stay and camp out for a few nights.
Once everyone caught there breathes from the hike (and amazing views) we strapped on the zip-line gear and soared above the jungle below along five incredible zip-lines.
Cap off the day with a traditional Puerto Rican feast of rice and beans, barbeque chicken and mofongo and you got yourself a great day of nature adventure in Puerto Rico!
Make sure to check out Acampa on your next trip to PR.