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Puerto Rico Highlights

This program builds on our Essentials program by crossing the mountains of the Cordillera Central and staying overnight in Ponce.
Along the way we stop to check out some amazing sink holes and caves, a coffee plantation, radio telescope, and a Taino ceremonial site. Once on Ponce we'll learn the basics of Salsa dancing.

This trip includes two overnights on the fortified island of Old San Juan, an overnight in Ponce on the south coast, an overnight on Luquillo Beach, and an overnight out on the island paradise of Vieques.

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Highlights

Highlights of Old San Juan: Visits to El Morro and San Cristobal, Casa Blanca, the San Juan Gate, La Fortaleza, Paseo de la Princesa and it's Raices Fountain, the beautiful plazas, the botanical gardens, and of course the waterfront.

Highlights of the Cordillera Centra & Ponce: Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, Coffee Plantation Tour, Tiano Ceremonial Site, Salsa dancing lessons, and King's Ice Cream at Plaza Las Delicias.

Highlights of Luquillo & El Yunque:El Portal Visitor Center, the panoramic view from Yokahú Tower, hiking into the rainforest, swimming at the La Mina Falls and Surf Lessons on Luquillo Beach.

Highlights of Vieques: Professionally outfitted kayaking experience of the brightest Bio-Bay on Earth just as night begins to fall, El Fortin Conde de Mirasol, sandy beaches, and gentle surf.

Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1Airborne
Old San Juan
Meet your Program Director at the airport for your flight to Puerto Rico! Orientation - Find Hotel, Plaza Colon, Fort San Cristobal, Santa Maria Magdelena de Pazzis Cemetary, Plaza del Quinto Centenario, Fortaleza San Filipe del Morro, Plazuela de la Rogativa, San Juan Gate, Plaza del Immigrante, Raices Fountain, and Paseo de la Princesa. Dinner in Old San Juan overlooking the bay.
2Old San JuanRelaxed breakfast overlooking Old San Juan. Explore inside the 400-year old Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Casa Blanca (build for Ponce de Leon), La Fortaleza (the oldest governor's mansion in the western hemisphere), and San Juan Cathedral. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and spend some time exploring the famous shopping streets. Late afternoon exploring the Botanical Gardens.
3Cordillera Central
Ponce
Board our private shuttle(s) for an all-day tour ending on the southern side of the island in Ponce. Along the way we'll learn about the worlds largest radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, enjoy a guided tour of the Camuy Caves (we'll visit the Cueva Ventana if weather closes the Camuy Caves), and tour a family owned Coffee Plantation with a champion barista. Check into hotel in the heart of Ponce and take a quick dip in the swimming pool before dressing up for Salsa lessons by instructors from Julie Mayoral’s Dance Academy. Dinner on Plaza Las Delicias followed by dessert at King’s Ice Cream.
4El Yunque
Luquillo
Board private shuttle with your luggage, we’re heading to El Yunque Rainforest. Get oriented at El Portal Visitor Center, take in the panoramic view from Yokahú Tower, hike into the rainforest to La Mina Falls, take a dip in the swimming hole and then hike back out. Back on the shuttle, we’re heading to Luquillo Beach! Lunch, then check into our hotel. Spend the afternoon at surf school or otherwise enjoying the warm turquoise waters.
5ViequesMorning ferry to Vieques. Shuttle to our beach hotel. Lunch/Shopping on the promenade. Visit a secluded beach with soft black sand and dreamy waves. Body surf / body board / swim / sunbathe / collect sea glass! Late afternoon horse ride (individual upgrade). Shuttle to the Bio-Bay at sunset, buddy up, and pick a kayak. Learn a lot about Dinoflaggelate and a little about astronomy as we paddle out into the darkness across Puerto Mosquito, the brightest Bio-Bay on Earth.
6Vieques
Airborne
Early Ferry back to Fajardo. Churros Breakfast. Luquillo Beach (time permitting). Flight home.

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