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Essential Puerto Rico

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Highlights
  • Old San Juan
  • El Morro Fortress
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Arecibo Observatory
  • Cueva Ventana
  • Puerto Rico Coffee Museum
  • El Yunque Rainforest
  • Swimming Hole at La Mina Falls
  • Surf 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, marvel at Arecibo Observatory, climb up to Cueva Ventana and take in the view, visit EL Yunque Rainforest National Park and swim at La Mina Falls, experience ziplining, and learn how to surf on Luquillo Beach.
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. Late afternoon exploring the Botanical Gardens.
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 visit Arecibo Observatory (the largest radio telescope in the world until China completed FAST in 2016), enjoy the astonishing view across the valley from Cueva Ventana, and visit the Puerto Rican Coffee Museum. Check into hotel on Luquillo Beach and enjoy a swim in the warm turquise Caribbean waters. Dinner overlooking the bay.
4 Zipline & Surf Board your private shuttle, we’re spending the moring visiting El Yunque National Park then enjoying a morning of ziplining just outside the boundary (the park is protected by the U.S. National Parks Service). Lunch back on Luquillo Beach, then spend the afternoon a with our surfing instructors.
5 Airborne Churros Breakfast. Shuttle to the airport. ¡Adiós Puerto Rico!