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Essential Puerto Rico

You haven't visited Puerto Rico until you've walked the cobbled streets and fortified walls of Old San Juan, hiked into El Yunque Rainforest to take a swim at La Mina Falls, tried the mofongo and pinchos, and paddled your kayak across the worlds brightest Bio-Bay at sunset.

This trip includes two overnights on the fortified island of Old San Juan, 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 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! You’ll be picked up on arrival and shuttled to your hotel in Old San Juan. Navigation workshop: 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.
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.
3El Yunque
Luquillo
Morning exploring 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.
4ViequesMorning 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.
5Vieques
Airborne
Churros Breakfast. Beach (time permitting). Flight home.
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