Yokahú Observation Tower in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Yokahú Tower is one of two observation towers within El Yunque rainforest. The 30 metre- (75 foot-) tall structure sits 480 metres  (1,575 feet) above sea level and was built by the Forest Service in 1962, in the same style as the older Mt. Britton Tower.

There are 98 steps to the top of the tower, where visitors have a panoramic view of the northeastern coast, offshore islands and the mountain peaks. Due to Yokahú being located at a lower altitude than Mt. Britton, the views are often clearer and, on a good day, can extend for 16 kilometres (10 miles). In the winter, soaring hawks (both red-tailed and broad-winged) perform spectacular mating displays.

Yokahú Tower is located at mid-elevation on road 191 in El Yunque rainforest. It can be visited as part of the Bespoke Concierge Rainforest Hiking Tour.

Open daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

SOURCES:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokahú_Tower
  • http://www.puertoricoblogger.com/yokahu-observation-tower/
  • https://www.inspirock.com/puerto-rico/el-yunque-national-forest/yokahu-observation-tower-a85687347
  • http://goseepr.com/yokahu-tower/
  • https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/elyunque/recarea/?recid=43389
  • http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/el-yunque-overview/
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/puerto-rico/el-yunque/attractions/yokahu-tower/a/poi-sig/1419355/358120

5 thoughts on “Yokahú Observation Tower in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

  • May 12, 2017 at 5:12 am
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    Yokahú Tower is a must for the views and for the exercise of climbing the 98 steps! You had a wonderful day, the color of the sea against the rainforest is stunning. When in Puerto Rico I’ll be sure to check out a Bespoke Concierge Rainforest Hiking Tour.

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  • May 14, 2017 at 8:13 am
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    Thanks for sharing! Last week we climbed 1800 steps to reach Machu Picchu so we might be able to do the 98 steps to go to the top of the tower without any issue! Thanks for making us add another place to visit on our list 🙂 Patrick and Cécile

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      May 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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      The climb to Machu Picchu is definitely more strenuous but the view is worth it. Hope you enjoy El Yunque when you get there!

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Yokahú Observation Tower in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

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