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Essential Puerto Rico

  • Old San Juan Food Tour
  • Forts of Old San Juan
  • Working Coffee Farm
  • Cocina de Campo
  • El Yunque Rainforest
  • Guided Eco-Adventure
  • Luquillo Beach


Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing real world travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs seize every opportunity to practice foreign language, navigation, scheduling, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like cross-referencing street and metro maps, purchasing transit passes, researching opening days/times, navigating an itinerary and staying on schedule, choosing restaurants and making reservations, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.


Dig into Puerto Rico's history and cuisine while becoming oriented with the layout of Old San Juan on a guided food tour. Spend the next day exploring the cobbled streets, parks, plazas, churches, and forts of this colonial city with some time for lunch and shopping. Spend a day in the countryside connecting with the jibaro (self-subsistance farmers) while providing a helping hand at a coffee plantation, in a traditional countryside kitchen as you prepare your own dinner, trying your hand at trova, and learning how to salsa. Eco-Adventure (Hiking, Ziplining, Rapelling) in El Yunque Rainforest - the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System - before heading to the beach for a final sunset.
Day City Overview
1 Airborne
Old San Juan
Meet your Program Director at the airport for your flight to Puerto Rico. Check into hotel, unpack, freshen up, and meet in the hotel lobby for a 3-hour food tour that explores the streets and cuisine of Old San Juan. You'll arrive back at the hotel well fed and ready for bed.
2 Old San Juan Spend the day enjoying Old San Juan's castles, fortresses, churches, museums, plazas, fountains, sculptures, restaurants, shops, and gelaterias. Highlights include Paseo de la Princesa, Raices Fountain, San Juan Gate, Plaza de la Rogativa, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Plaza de Armas, El Parque de las Palomas, Casa Blanca, San Juan Cathedral, Museo de Las Americas and Castillo de San Cristobal.
3 Coffee Farming
Cocina de Campo
Board your private shuttle(s) for an all-day excursion into the countryside where we'll spend the morning learning about coffee production at small coffee plantation before helping the owner with his daily tasks. Enjoy pinchos for lunch before heading to a hillside home for a traditional countryside cooking experience where you'll help prepare your own dinner, learn about trova (a traditional form of storytelling through song) and then salsa, before sitting down to enjoy your meal.
4 El Yunque Board your private shuttle for an all-day excursion in El Yunque National Forest! We'll be hiking, rappelling, ziplining across the treetops, and taking in the views from Yokahú tower. Relax at Luquillo Beach until sunset.
5 Airborne Shuttle to the airport. ¡Adiós Puerto Rico!