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Map: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.
“Verdant views surround this intimate resort on the edge of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest,
where hikes reveal waterfalls and wild-orchid groves.
Underwater, snorkelers find colorful reef life in La Cordillera Nature Reserve.”
– America’s Wildest Hotels, Food & Wine
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Our inaugural rate for La Cara de Indio is $150 per night plus 7% tax, and our inaugural rate for La Cascada is $175 per night plus 7% tax.
The minimum stay is two consecutive nights.
Each treehouse is suitable for a couple or a solo traveler without children or pets.
Full payment by credit card is required to guarantee your reservation. Although there are no refunds, you may reschedule, subject to availability, if you cancel your reservation in writing at least two weeks in advance.
Each treehouse contains a queen-size bed. There is no room for an additional bed.
A rental car is essential due to a lack of public transportation, taxis and car service outside of San Juan.
Yuquiyú is meat free (any kind of animal) and smoke free. We ask guests to observe those principles while on the property (restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are close by and smoking is allowed in the parking area).
The crushed-rock trail with occasional stone stairs is unsuitable for those with difficulty walking.
The private bath of each treehouse is below the main level and reached by either a short path from the entry or a stairway from the balcony.
The sleeping area of each treehouse is fully screened (older photos do not show the screens). As well, we provide a DEET-based insect repellent and a natural one.
You should be aware that there is Zika on the island. Please consult the CDC Travel Notice: Zika Virus in Puerto Rico to be sure that your personal circumstances are not such that it would be inadvisable to visit this island or, indeed, most of the islands in the Caribbean at this time.
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Yuquiyú is a rustic retreat in the foothills of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest that offers artisan-crafted treehouses with a balcony, designer furnishings, a granite kitchenette and a slate bath. The three-acre tropical garden comprises an organic farm, a cascading river and territorial rainforest views. Superbly located, Yuquiyú is just fifteen minutes from the heart of the rainforest, twenty minutes from famed Luquillo Beach, thirty minutes from the San Juan Airport and thirty-five minutes from Old San Juan. Sea turtle nesting sites, coral reefs, a bioluminescent lagoon and ancient petroglyphs are near.
We currently are accepting reservations for La Cara de Indio and La Cascada treehouses. Both have iconic views of the rainforest. The main difference is that La Cascada has a river view and three times as much balcony space. Our inaugural rate for La Cara de Indio is $150 per night plus 7% tax, and our inaugural rate for La Cascada is $175 per night plus 7% tax. The inaugural rates will end on 15 November 2017, at which time the rate for La Cara de Indio will become $175 per night plus 7% tax, and the rate for La Cascada will become $200 per night plus 7% tax. There are no other charges; however, you may wish to leave a tip for our hardworking housekeeper. The minimum stay is two consecutive nights. Each treehouse is suitable for a couple or a solo traveler without children or pets. Check-in is at 3 pm and check-out is at 12 pm.
To provide the highest level of personal attention and quality of service to our guests, we only book directly. Full payment by credit card is required to guarantee your reservation. Although there are no refunds, you may reschedule, subject to availability, if you cancel your reservation in writing at least two weeks in advance.
Each treehouse has electricity as well as hot and cold running water. The fully-screened interior contains a queen-size Longhorn sofa bed by Danish designer Per Weiss, natural latex contour pillows and handmade cabinetry. The kitchenette features a granite countertop, stainless steel sink and faucet, two-burner gas stove, microwave, refrigerator, blender, French press, cookware, dinnerware, cutlery, electric fan and other amenities to make your stay more comfortable. The bath has vegan bath products and cotton towels. The balcony has arm chairs and a bistro set with a Japanese temple lantern for romantic evenings. Housekeeping services are provided after each two nights of your stay. All major cell phone carriers have coverage in our area, and free high-speed WiFi Internet is available throughout the property. See all of the amenities
We currently operate as a bed and breakfast, providing everything you need to French press coffee from a Puerto Rican hacienda or an herbal tea from our farm, and to make a vegan breakfast of granola, coconut milk, cashews, dried figs and freshly-picked organic fruit. For vegetarians, we add half-and-half and Choboni Greek yogurt. On a hot afternoon, you will enjoy our organic lemonade. Kindly let us know if you would like more of any item. For details, see What’s for Breakfast? Guests can use the kitchenette to prepare food from Ralph’s Food Warehouse, which is nine minutes away (no meat from any kind of animal, please). For recommended restaurants, see What can I do?
Most of all, Yuquiyú is about tranquility — you can watch clouds swirl around rainforest peaks, walk in the woods, meditate by the river, rejuvenate in a natural pool, be enchanted by the moon and contemplate the starry night. We are within an area of northeastern Puerto Rico the Sierra Club calls “The Portal to Nature” and believes should be “a prime destination for ecotourism”. Among the nearby explorations, you can hike in El Yunque rainforest, swim at Luquillo Beach, beachcomb the shores of sea turtle nesting sites, snorkel coral reefs, kayak a bioluminescent lagoon, search for ancient petroglyphs and stroll a Spanish colonial city. For details, see What can I do?
We are honored to appear on the most prestigious website for glamorous camping, Glamping.com. As well, our guests have given us 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Since we are new, we hope you also will write a review after your visit.
How do I get there?
Guests should be aware that a rental car is essential due to a lack of public transportation, taxis and car service outside of San Juan. After arrival at the San Juan Airport and exiting Baggage Claim, take your car-rental agency’s shuttle to their office. From there, proceed east on Highway 26 and continue east on Highway 66 until it ends. Exit right, take the first right up Road 186, left at Km 25.3 onto Road 966 (follow the arrow to El Yunque National Forest), left on La Pirámide, right and right again to the top of the hill, where you will see the Yuquiyú sign. Park on the flat, grassy area on top of the hill and walk down the gravel driveway next to our sign. The GPS coordinates are: 18°21′06.70″ N, 65°48′36.00″ W (18.351947 -65.810002). If you use Google Maps, be sure to select the Yuquiyú located on Road 966 in Rio Grande. Or you can navigate the old-fashioned way, using the maps on our How do I get there? page.
We are not for everyone
Yuquiyú is meat free (any kind of animal) and smoke free. We ask guests to observe those principles while on the property (restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are close by and smoking is allowed in the parking area). Although most people will love our bucolic style, the retreat may be too rustic for some, especially those who have difficulty walking. From El Mirador reception area, a crushed-rock trail with occasional stone stairs leads downhill through the tropical garden to the treehouses and ends at the river. La Cara de Indio treehouse requires a walk of 250 feet from the reception area, and La Cascada requires a walk of 415 feet. To best appreciate the moon and the stars, there is no outdoor lighting beyond the reception area except at the entrance of each treehouse. Therefore, it is best to make your initial arrival during dayight hours. The property is not fenced in or walled in and there is no security guard. Based on more than eleven years of experience at this location, we deem such measures to be unnecessary. In fact, our “barrio” is one of the safest in Puerto Rico. That said, the windows and doors of each treehouse can be latched shut from the inside, and the entrance secured from the outside with a padlock. Items of value may be deposited with the manager for safekeeping.
Each treehouse has large doors and windows that can be fully opened to take advantage of the trade winds, our natural air conditioning (there is no mechanical air conditioning). As well, each treehouse has a Vornado fan. The many singing tree frogs (known as “coquís”) and lizards keep mosquitoes and other bothersome insects at bay — there are none from dawn to dusk. From dusk to dawn, you can close the doors and windows — the wooden louvers let breezes in and the screens keep insects out. But, to better appreciate the sounds of the rainforest at night, leave the doors and windows open. In that case, reduce the risk of a mosquito bite by applying the Cutter Backwoods or Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus insect repellent that we provide. You should be aware that there is Zika on the island. Please consult the CDC Travel Notice: Zika Virus in Puerto Rico to be sure that your personal circumstances are not such that it would be inadvisable to visit this island or, indeed, most of the islands in the Caribbean at this time.
If our retreat isn’t for you or we don’t have space available on the dates you need, you are likely to find the perfect lodging at ElYunque.com, ElYunqueInns.com or YunqueHotelito.com, which feature small, owner-operated hostelries near El Yunque National Forest.
The treehouse from below.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico
Photos of La Cara de Indio treehouse
Within a mango grove, La Cara de Indio (The Indian Face) is named after a Taino petroglyph not far from the property. The treehouse features 144 square feet of interior space and an 84-square-foot balcony overlooking a panorama of El Yunque Rainforest. Below the main level and reached by a short path from the entry is a 90-square-foot, private bath that offers a slate interior, Kohler fixtures and a rain shower with a similar view of the rainforest.
La Cascada (The Cascade) treehouse from below.
Photo: Fayah Gonzalez.
Photos of La Cascada treehouse
Within a grove of vanilla orchids, La Cascada (The Cascade) is named for the cascading river below. The treehouse features 121 square feet of interior space and a 240-square-foot balcony shaded by Royal Palms. The view of El Yunque Rainforest and the river is territorial. Below the main level and reached by a stairway from the balcony is a 81-square-foot, private bath that offers a slate interior, Kohler fixtures and a rain shower with an equally spectacular view.
El Balcón del Río
El Balcón del Río at Yuquiyú.
Photo: Mengzhu Jiang.
Too bad Ponce de Leon didn’t look for the Fountain of Youth right in his own backyard …
He might have discovered Yuquiyú.
El Balcón del Río (River Balcony) is a tranquil place to relax in the hidden world of our river. Meditate to the sound of cascading water and rejuvenate in a natural pool.
The river at Yuquiyú.
Photo: Mengzhu Jiang.
The Treehouses at Yuquiyú — Caribbean living the way it ought to be.
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