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Essential Puerto Rico

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Highlights
  • Old San Juan
  • El Morro Fortress
  • Cueva Ventana
  • Guided Eco-Adventure
  • Luquillo Beach
  • El Yunque Rainforest
  • Surfing Lessons

Introduction

Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing core travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs focus on the students, constantly challenging language, navigation, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like acquiring maps, finding hotels, navigating public transportation, evaluating restaurants, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.

Itinerary

Explore the cobbled streets and colonial fortifications of Old San Juan, try mofongo and pinchos. Travel into the central mountain range to enjoy the astonishing views from Cueva Ventana before spending an afternoon on an eco-adventure in the rainforest. Hike into El Yunque Rainforest (the only rainforest within the US National Parks system) for a "refreshing" dip in the swimming hole at La Mina Falls and the view from Yokahu Tower. End the day back at Luquillo Beach learning the basics of surfing then relax and enjoy the beach until sunset.
Day City Overview
1 Airborne
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.
2 Old San Juan Relaxed 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.
3 Cordillera Central
Luquillo Beach
Board your private shuttle(s) for an all-day excursion to the Cordillera Central Mountain range ending at Luquillo Beach. We'll start with a climb up to Cueva Ventana for an astonishing view of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley. Lunch is followed by an afternoon in the forest filled with a mix of interpretive hiking, ziplining, rappelling, hiking, and swimming. Check into hotel on Luquillo Beach and enjoy a swim in the warm turquoise Caribbean waters.
4 El Yunque & Surfing Board your private shuttle, we’re spending the morning hiking in El Yunque National Park, swimming at La Mina Falls, and checking out the view across the treetops from Yokahú tower. Lunch back on Luquillo Beach, then spend the afternoon practicing the basics of surfing with our team of instructors.
5 Airborne Shuttle to the airport. ¡Adiós Puerto Rico!