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Essential Puerto Rico

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Explore the cobbled streets and colonial fortifications of Old San Juan, hike into El Yunque Rainforest and enjoy the swimming hole at La Mina Falls, try the mofongo and pinchos, learn how to surf on Luquillo Beach, take the ferry over to Vieques, and paddle your kayak at sunset on the worlds brightest Bio-Bay.

Itinerary

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.
Day City Overview
1 Airborne
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.
2 Old 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.
3 El 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.
4 Vieques Morning ferry to Vieques. Shuttle to our beach hotel. Lunch/Shopping on the promenade. Visit a secluded beach with soft black sand and dreamy waves. 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.
5 Vieques
Airborne
Ferry back to Puerto Rico. Churros Breakfast. Beach stop in Luquillo (time permitting). Flight home.