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Go For a Walk in La Marquesa Forest Park

Update July. 1, 2019- Post Maria- They have closed. We will update the article if they reopen.

La Marquesa Forest park

Guaynabo City has created a beautiful forest reserve of approximately 600 acres for the enjoyment of locals and visitors to the island, called La Marquesa Forest Park (or Parque Forestal La Marquesa in Spanish).

We have been to La Marquesa Forest Park a few times to do the Original Canopy Tour zipline, which is located within this reserve. Over the past few years, we have seen the progress they’ve made on the Forest Park.

Being pretty close to SJ, we went to check it out for ourselves, after we visited the Luis A. Ferre Science Park in Bayamón

Getting Started

La Marquesa Forest park

Upon arriving at the park, the guard at the gate told us where to park. There are clean bathrooms and water fountains just beyond the parking lot. We then went to the information booth, paid of entrance and got an information sheet (all in Spanish) and a map. You can walk or take the free trolley up to the tower and then to the other features of the park (like the aviary, zip line course and butterfly house). There is also a funicular (think a ski lift gondola) you can take up to the top.

We got on the trolley, which took us up the hill. It stops along the way at a look-out point and a picture spot (a man-made waterfall) and again at the observation tower area, where there are bathrooms, a play ground and covered picnic tables. The road continues to the aviary, butterfly house, gift shop and cafeteria.

Our Trip

Once you get off the trolley for the observation tower, you need to walk uphill. Just a little ways up, you pass another playground and tables. It then starts to get to be a pretty steep walk for about 1000 feet. Take your time. There are no benches along the way. But at the base of the tower there is another playground and picnic tables.

La Marquesa Forest park

The views from the tower are very nice. From the top, you could see the aviary pavilion.

The viewing platform up on the tower is at 1066 feet above sea level, so you could see a distant San Juan, the northern shore, a few other towns and all the lovely mountains that run through the middle of Puerto Rico. You are above the tree tops. There was a strong wind the day we went — very refreshing!

Our next stop (hop back on the trolley or walk) is up to the Aviary pavilion. This area has an nice open air aviary (with lots of macaws and other colorful birds). There is also a small butterfly house and lab (so you can learn about butterflies). There is also a gift shop and a cafeteria and bathrooms and meeting areas. The La Marquesa Original Canopy Zip Line tour is also up here if you want some adventure!

The Funicular is another way to get from the entrance of the park to this aviary pavilion. It offers great views as you slowly glide in the 6 passenger enclosed cabin. They don’t stop, so you need to quickly walk onto and out of the slow moving cabin, but they are able to stop them if they need to. And they are wheel chair accessible. The ride takes about 10 minutes. They are not air conditioned, but when the cabins are moving, a breeze does come in (however when stopped, not so much!). It was an enjoyable ride high above the ground.


Getting Back to Your Car

When you are done looking around up in the tower or the aviary area, you can then either walk back (gravel sidewalk), wait for the next trolley, take the funicular. At the stop for the observation tower, there is also a paved path through the forest.

La Marquesa Forest park

We chose to walk back on the path through the forest. Along the way, we passed some of the zip lines where the Original Canopy Tour is running. There are also a number of gazebos with picnic benches along this route. At gazebo 5, you have to walk up about 100 steeps to get back to the parking area. It was a nice workout!

La Marquesa Forest park

Before we headed back to our car, we then spent some time talking to the park information guy. He told us about the future plans for the park. 10/14- The dinosaur park is now closed (dinosaurs were damaged by visitors).

The city of Guaynabo is really doing a great job with this park. Go out and see for yourself! It is a great place for the family to enjoy nature and burn off some energy.


They charge an entrance fee : $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 12 and senior citizens. Parking $1-2 cars. All fees are plus IVU (sales tax). The zip line is a separate fee and will need reservations, but everything else (tram and funicular transportation/aviary/butterfly house) is included in the price.

The park is open on Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00am until 5:00pm, but no admission after 3:30pm.. The park is closed on Mondays. It will be open some holidays…if open for a Monday holiday, they will close Tuesday (call to make sure they are open!).

The trolley/funicular is wheelchair accessible. The observation tower and some walking paths and trails in the forest are not.

I would allow 2 hours or more, depending on if you plan to walk through the forest or how long the kids want to play.

You can call (787)272-4530 or 787-908-1478 for more information. They rent out the gazebos and playgrounds for family parties, call to get information about that!

Parking fee is $1 per car and $2 for vans (plus tax). The parking lot at the center is small, but they have a field they park in where they will bus you up to the entrance. This park is popular with locals, especially on the weekend.

Driving directions from the San Juan area: Take Route 2 or 22 to Route 20 south. Follow Route 20 south (pass the Big Kmart) and look for the toll booth on your left, then take the second exit after the toll (it doesn’t have an exit number). This will put you onto Road 834. Then go straight across through the light and continue on Road 834. Road 834 eventually ends on Road 835. Turn left onto Road 835. Go a couple 100 feet and the park entrance will be right in front of you. There are some signs along the road that you can follow to get there.

The drive to the park from the San Juan area takes about 20 minutes.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ... assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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Good for you- enjoy your life! We haven't done the attraction since it moved to the park, so I don't know how much walking is now required. I know the first line is now right at the trolley stop! So give them a call and double check how much walking is involved. Of course you need to walk up or down steps from the platforms.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Sep 2016

Terrific! I have rarely read a more detailed and informative description of any tourist attraction. You have stimulated my desire to share this adventure, although I wonder about the walking detail as I am a cancer survivor still a little weak. However, I bear the name of an adventurer and adventure is my cup of tea. Thank you.

Comment by Hubelinda Cortes on 15 Sep 2016

We went with a group of 27 peopl, on 7/16/2016. . We had a great time. All the emplowees were very nice & helpful & at times very friendly. The only area that we recommend some kind of action is at the cafeteria. A little disorganize & not to friendly. Perhaps the were short of personell or frustraited. Other than that we enjoyed the day very much.

Comment by Ray Pacheco on 16 Jul 2016

First, my hat off to you Gwenn and Ray for your fantastic website which is so informative and always accurate. I have been spending so much time exploring hiking /beach /cultural options and it is making our life in PR all the more interesting. Yesterday, we explored La Playuela and today, we checked out la Marquesa State Forest just a few miles from our home. Great job maintaining the forest clean and attractive, we hiked it and enjoyed it,(... even the real steep Arboretum) the road leading to the forest is also very attractive ... Thank you so much for an awesome job compiling the beautiful resources of PR , .

Comment by Maryvonne Kerzabi on 06 Mar 2016

Went with my wheelchair bound mother, and from the moment we arrived everyone at the park was very helpful. They answered all our questions and made it extremely easy to get in the train and the telespheric with the wheelchair. Every little corner of everyplace we went in the park was very clean, (even the bathrooms,after receiving at the premises a large group of people) and we did not have to wait long to get to see the birds and butterflies. We waited a little at the coffee shop, but that was because they were attending children from 2 summer camps, but the menu was aceptable and the prices very fair. We are looking forward to visit again son with friends. The prices of entrance to the park are very reasonable, and the parking is just about $1.25.

Comment by Mercedes Blay on 02 Aug 2015

Angel- you will need to contact La Marquesa directly. We at are not affiliated with any company/tour. You can call them at (787)272-4530 or 787-908-1478 for more information

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Jun 2015

Saludos! Los felicito por este atractivo projecto. Represento a un grupo de unos 15 veteranos (aprox) y estamos considerando una gira a sus facilidades en la ultima semana de Julio, posiblemente algún dia entre el 28 - 30 de julio. ¿Son estas fechas viables? ¿Que horas de visita nos sugiere? Muchas gracias, Angel Cordero

Comment by Angel Cordero on 25 Jun 2015

Are you kidding me?! Man that stinks. Thanks for the update.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2014

No more dinosaurs, as we discovered after we climbed the 70-degree slope in the arboretum. A park staff member said they were removed after being damaged by visitors.

Comment by Maribeth on 13 Oct 2014

I was expecting to pay extra for the funicular, but it was included in the very reasonable entry price and $1 parking. You could ride the trolley AND the funicular as much as you like without having to pay any extra. I thought the views and breeze from the observation tower were spectacular. The park was clean, neat, and well organized with plenty of workers to answer questions. Plenty of garbage cans throughout, too. The aviary was great, with a good quantity and variety of birds. The size of the aviary really makes it feel like a natural habitat, and provides for interesting interactions with the birds. Even the wide flamboyan-lined roadway that takes you to the park was enjoyable. Worth the visit, even if they tripled the price.

Comment by Josh on 02 Jul 2014

Thanks for the price update!

Comment by Gwenn on 16 May 2014

Love this park and I appreciate that it's so close to…or rather still in the metro area. I recently visited and the admission fee is now $6 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors. If I remember correctly (not sure) parking was $3. Aside from the train (trolley) or just walking, they now have a "teleferico" (cable car, aerial lift, I don't know what they're called in English) that takes you all the way to the top of the park to the Aviary (the birds are not caged! -- you shouldn't touch them though) and the Butterfly Nursery. There are artisans in the pavilion right next to the aviary but more importantly there's a girl that sells "limbers". These are frozen treats perfect for a hot day and a Puerto Rican favorite. In my top three, I have coconut, tamarind and acerola (Caribbean cherry). They even have a coffee one (yuck, not for me!). From there you can go back down in the "teleferico", by foot (there are 2-3 trails, you can see the arboretum (sp?), or you can take the trolley. Along the way, you will see gazebos, playgrounds, an observation deck, a fake waterfall and beautiful forest. It's really neat and rather kid-friendly. PS: If you have the money and lack the energy to go to Toro Verde or El Yunque, there's a company that does a canopy tour (zip-line) through the park (I believe they were the first ones to introduce this type of activity to PR).

Comment by Eps on 15 May 2014

We visited the park 5/18/13, we had the nicest time. We went there for the zip-line but decided to check out the park and I'm glad we did. We loved the aviary and butterflies. The hike up the dinosaur trail was fun, nice place to take pictures. Sad to say that a lot of the dinosaurs have been damage by visitors, I had to bite my tongue when adults didn't care that the kids were bending parts, hitting and jumping on them. After all the walking we were starving so were were happy that the Forest Park Cafe has real food, not just snacks.

Comment by MYRIAM HERNANDEZ on 20 May 2013

Recientemente visite el parque para un dia familiar; las facilidades estan estupendas pero necesitan mejorar los servicios y sobretodo contratar a un consultor que les enseñe como correr un parque de esta magnitud o de lo contrario van a adquirir mala reputacion. Algunos problemas que confrontamos: (1) hay que erradicar la mentalidad de empleado gubernamental; los empleados tienen que ser entrenados para proveer informacion, estar atentos a lo que necesita el visitante; el dia que fuimos el telesferico no funciono porque los empleados no vinieron a trabajar; los conductores del tren tienen que mantener los trenes transportando a los visitantes constantemente en un itinerario fijo, parar en varios puntos para bajar y recojer personas y sobretodo, proveer informacion por altoparlante sobre el parque etc, tienen que actuar como si cada dia fuese el primer dia y tienen que demostrar entusiasmo (2) ciertas facilidades no habrieron hasta dos horas tarde por falta de agua (plan de contingencia?), (3) falta de cortesia de los empleados (4) cierran facilidades a la hora de almuerzo para que los mpleados almuerzen (y los visitantes...que?), (5) mucha empleomania pero haciendo poco trabajo, falta de direccion(6) falta de informacion en ingles, a los visitantes extranjeros (7) no hay facilidades para comer,(8) durante la presentacion de video de las mariposas, los empleados se quedan en el salon y comienzan a hablar y a caminar lo que no permite concentrar en la informacion (sobretodo...too many video screens in that room, it's distracting), puedo seguir pero no quiero, en resumen, contraten a un consultor que les enseñe a manejar un parque y sobre todo entrenen a los empleados

Comment by Pedro on 09 Dec 2012

El Parque muy lindo.... Buen precio, pero el servicio en la cadateria y/o restaurante es fatal.... No hay organizacion ni respeto entre los q laboran en el area... Nada de organizacion... Q lastima pq podrian sacar muchos beneficios obteniendo control de sis respectivas areas...

Comment by veronica fernandez on 02 Dec 2012

Went today again... Inaugurated officially a couple weeks ago... Dinosaur trail is working now... Awesome time with my kid! Update the admission fee: adults $5.35 children 3-12 & seniors $3.21

Comment by Marie on 18 Nov 2012

We loved this park and we have been there at least 3 times, but I must admit, my calves were sore for a few days! We walked up and down the long stairs, up and down the tower, down past all the gazebos and back up the main entrance as there was no way to get back up to take a shortcut to the parking lot so we had to walk through a hole in the fence to get to the entrance booth, where they offered us a ride in the golf carts to the parking lot, I guess they felt sorry for us as we looked tired. Well, that was the first time and we wanted to see everything. My husband wants to return soon but I tell him to give me some more time to practice at the walking track and get into better shape! ha!ha! But of course, it was worth it as it is a beautiful place, just make sure you go in some good sneakers as I have seen people get out of their cars in the parking lot with high heels on and we just greet them and smile with them as we get into our car to go home :-)

Comment by Zoraida on 30 Dec 2010

The trolley is wheelchair accessible. The observation tower and trails in the forest are not.

Comment by Ray on 23 Dec 2009

i guess that dont have wheelchair access

Comment by carlos castro on 23 Dec 2009

Thanks Gian- I have updated the article to include the admission fees.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jul 2009

I visited the park with my wife and 5 and 7 year old children. They charge an entrance fee now: $3 for adults, $1 for kids under 12 and $1 for the car. We got there after noon, that day there weren't that many visitors. After a five minute wait, the train started the tour. The first stop was the artificial waterfall, great place to take pictures, on the opposite side of the fall there's a spectacular view of Guaynabo and the metro area. After that the train continued to the last stop where you can find a playground for kids, gazebos and restrooms. There was an employee indicating where the observation tower was located and the trail to head back to the visitor's center. After an uphill walk we reached the tower and another playground. The view from the tower is great and so is the wind to cool down after the walk. There are benches on the observation tower to sit for a while. On our way back we decided to walk back instead of taking the train. A very well maintained gravel trail takes you into the forest. We took our time taking pictures, our kids looking under the rocks and listening to all the birds vocalizing. We heard the Puertorican Lizard Cuckoo, PR Tody and the PR Woodpecker. The most exciting thing we saw were the two snakes, puertorican racers. One behind one of the gazebos and the other on the side of the trail. Nothing to worry about, they were small and were gone before I could even take a picture. It took us around 45 minutes to hike all the way back, but you can do it faster. There are many gazebos along the way, ideal to spend a few hours if you bring supplies, the only thing you can't do in the park is cook your food. At the end of the trail we found the really long staircase that would take us to the parking. My son counted all 160 steps, but we climbed them without problem. To get to the park just drive down Martinez Nadal (Road 20) South towards the end you will start seeing signs that will guide you to the park.

Comment by Gian Toyos on 29 Jul 2009

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