“A Truly Magical Retreat …”
“Relaxing, Breathtaking, Secluded — Like Nothing I Had Ever Experienced Before.”
– Kate & Michael, Guests in La Cara de Indio treehouse on the nights of 9 & 10 April 2017
5 Stars on TripAdvisor
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We appreciate your considering Yuquiyú — a glamping destination. Glamping means glamorous, or luxury, camping — an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. We provide shelter from the rain and wind in artisan-crafted treehouses with hot-and-cold running water, a comfortable bed, a well-equipped kitchenette, a luxurious bath and, last but not least, three-acres of tropical garden with rainforest views and a river. Nearby, you can discover the rainforest, sea turtle nesting sites, coral reefs, a bioluminescent lagoon, ancient petr oglyphs and a Spanish colonial city. You can even take a snorkeling cruise to Culebra Island.
We offer a unique experience in harmony with nature — one unlike a hotel, resort, inn or bed and breakfast. Yuquiyú is perfect for a couple seeking a romantic retreat, newlyweds seeking a honeymoon destination or an artist seeking tranquility and inspiration. To be sure you know what to expect, we want to tell you more about our rustic retreat. We are not for everyone, but if you have a sense of adventure, love being close to nature and want to experience Caribbean living the way it ought to be, Yuquiyú may be for you.
Yuquiyú … A Rainforest Retreat
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
We are not for everyone
Rates: Our rate for La Cara de Indio is $150 per night plus 7% tax, and for La Cascada is $200 per night plus 7% tax. There are no other charges.
Terms of payment: 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.
Minimum stay: The minimum stay is two consecutive nights.
Maximum of two guests per treehouse: Each treehouse is suitable for a couple or a solo traveler without children or pets.
One queen-size bed: Each treehouse contains a bed that is 55" wide and 83" long, which is five inches narrower and 3 inches longer than a standard queen-size bed. There is no room for an additional bed.
Rental car required: A rental car is essential due to a lack of public transportation, taxis and car service outside of San Juan.
Vegetarian/Vegan: Yuquiyú is meat free (from any kind of animal, including mammals, fish, fowl and others). We ask guests to observe that principle by not bringing any meat onto the property (restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are close by).
Smoke free: We are smoke free everywhere on the property except in the parking area.
Crushed-rock trails with stone stairs: The trails may be unsuitable for 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
No porters: Since we have no porters, you will need to carry your own things. Accordingly, we advise that you pack a small bag with just what you’ll need while staying in your treehouse. Other items can be locked in the trunk of your car or left in our office during your visit.
No air conditioning: There is no mechanical air conditioning, but each treehouse has large doors and windows that can be fully opened to take advantage of the Trade Winds. Puerto Rico has one of the most unvarying temperatures in the world, with an average high of 77 °F in winter to 85°F in the summer.
Bath below the main level: 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.
Insects, lizards & other small animals: Yuquiyú is a glamping (glamorous camping) destination — a chance to experience nature in comfort. You need to be aware that the rainforest’s web of life includes mosquitoes and other insects. Keeping their numbers at bay are harmless animals, such as singing tree frogs (known as “coquís”), lizards and spiders. At times, a small number of creatures may be inside your treehouse (typically a couple of small lizards). If you are uncomfortable with that possibility, Yuquiyú would not be a suitable choice. No refund will be issued because of the presence of any of the above-mentioned creatures.
Screens & repellent: The sleeping area of each treehouse is fully screened (older photos do not show the screens).There are no bothersome insects 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. Even though we have few mosquitoes, you can reduce the risk of a bite by applying the Cutter Backwoods or Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus insect repellent that we provide. On 6 June 2017, the Puerto Rico Health Department said that the Zika epidemic has ended.
No trail lighting below the office: 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.
Other lodgings: 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 El Yunque Rainforest House (minimum of three nights), ElYunque.com, ElYunqueInns.com or YunqueHotelito.com, which feature small, owner-operated hostelries near El Yunque National Forest.
Why we may be for you
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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 rate for La Cara de Indio is $150 per night plus 7% tax, and for La Cascada is $200 per night plus 7% tax. There are no other charges; however, you may wish to leave a gratuity 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. An added advantage is that our guests avoid the booking fee charged by travel websites. 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 Long Horn 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 provide 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?
Stay in a Treehouse in the Rainforest
– The Wright Ways
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.
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 majestic. 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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