We Are Not for Everyone
What to expect
We offer a unique experience — one unlike a hotel, resort, inn or bed and breakfast. Secluded, luxuriant and serene, our retreat is perfect for a couple seeking a romantic escape, newlyweds seeking a honeymoon destination or an artist seeking 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.
One queen-size bed: Each treehouse contains a bed that is 55″ wide by 83″ long, which is five inches narrower and 3 inches longer than a standard queen-size bed.
Maximum of two guests per treehouse: Each treehouse can accommodate a maximum of two people.
Minimum stay: The minimum stay is two consecutive nights.
Minimum age: The minimum age is 18 years.
No pets: No pets are allowed.
Visitors by appointment only.
Terms of payment: Full payment by credit card is required to guarantee your reservation. There are no refunds for any reason. Therefore, we strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance.
We are not a hotel — there are no porters and there is no room service. You will need to carry your own baggage and come to Recepción if you would like more of any item. There are limited hours of arrival: Check-in is from 3 pm until 7 pm. Late check-in until 9 pm adds $25 and late check-in until 11 pm adds $50. We will meet you and show you to your treehouse. Check-in after 11 pm is not available. Since early check-in isn’t possible, you may wish to consider our recommended restaurants and explorations. Check-out is at 12 pm. Just leave the keys inside the treehouse and close the balcony doors. After checking out, you are welcome to store your baggage in our office, and continue to enjoy the property until it’s time to depart for your next destination.
Meat free: Yuquiyú is meat free (from any kind of animal, including mammals, fish, fowl and others). We ask guests to respect that principle by not bringing any meat onto the property. In each treehouse, we provide everything our guests need to French press coffee from a Puerto Rican hacienda, brew an herbal tea from our farm and make a vegan breakfast of granola, coconut milk, cashews, dried figs, dairy-free yogurt, freshly-picked fruit and lemonade. Honey from a local beekeeper, soy creamer, olive oil, Himalayan pink salt and black pepper are included. Come to Recepción if you would like more of any item. Guests can use the well-equipped kitchenette in their treehouse to prepare their own food, including eggs and dairy. Yuquiyú’s cornucopia of tropical crops are transmuted into delicious, plant-based fare through our chef’s alchemy. In his kitchen, Huerto Escondido (Hidden Orchard), each night’s menu is unique. Make your dinner reservation when you reserve your treehouse or add a dinner at least two days in advance. Reservations are only available for guests of Yuquiyú. Restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are close by.
Smoke free: We are smoke free everywhere on the property except in the parking area.
Rental car required: A rental car is essential due to a lack of public transportation, taxis and car service outside of San Juan. Upscale transportation services are available from Puerto Rico Green Transportation.
Crushed-rock trail with stone stairs: The trail may be unsuitable for those who have difficulty walking. It leads downhill through the tropical garden to the treehouses and ends at the river. La Cascada treehouse requires a walk of 500 feet, La Cara de Indio requires a walk of 250 feet and El Amor requires a walk of 150 feet. El Mirador does not require use of the trail.
No trail lighting: In order to appreciate the starry night, there is no trail lighting. Therefore, it is best to make your initial arrival during daylight hours. You will find a flashlight for each guest in your treehouse.
No porters: Since we have no porters, you will need to carry your own baggage.
Natural 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. As well, each has a floor fan. 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.
Location of baths: The private bath of La Cara de Indio and La Cascada treehouses is below the main level and reached by either a short path from the entry or a stairway from the balcony, respectively. The private bath of El Mirador and El Amor is on the main level and is reached by a footbridge from the balcony.
Insects, lizards & other small animals: Yuquiyú is a glamorous camping, or “glamping,” 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 those 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.
Screens & repellents: 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 air in and the screens keep insects out. But, to better appreciate the gentle breezes and 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 showering before going to bed and by applying the Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus repellent or the Cutter Backwoods DEET-based repellent that we provide. Cutter Backwoods is more effective and longer lasting. Wind also is effective against mosquitoes. Set your floor fan to medium speed.
Mosquito nets: We have deemed mosquito nets to be unnecessary.
Other lodgings: If Yuquiyú 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.com, ElYunqueInns.com, Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Coquí’s Hideaway, Carole’s Rain Forest Villas, Sue’s Place or LuquilloSunrise.com, which feature small, owner-operated hostelries near El Yunque National Forest.