HOTEL CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will be available beginning at 3:00 PM.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5:00 PM in our reserved room at the hotel (please ask the front desk for the location) for introductions and an orientation to the program. We will provide an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.Lodging: Sheraton Old San JuanMeals Included: Dinner
FIELD TRIP: We will embark on a walking and trolley tour as we begin our exploration of the city of Ponce and its stunning architecture. Along the way you'll have an opportunity to see the beautiful and unique historic Ponce Firehouse and the Ponce Cathedral.Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurantAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we'll visit the renovated Museo de Arte de Ponce. Closed while undergoing extensive renovations, the museum was reopened in November 2010 in time for the celebration of its 50th anniversary. The $30 million renovation included an expansion, which increased the size of the museum by over 40%. The Museo de Arte houses the most important collection of European art in Latin America. Among its collection are works from the 14th to the 20th century, including Italian Baroque, British Pre-Raphaelite, Spanish Golden Age and contemporary Latin-American pieces. Some of the artists whose paintings and works are exhibited at the museum include Peter Paul Rubens, Lucas Cranach, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Eugène Delacroix, and Sir Edward Burne-Jones, among others. The museum's masterpiece is the Flaming June, painted by Frederic Leighton.
HOTEL CHECK IN: Approximate check in to the hotel around 4:00 PM.Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance to the hotel.Lodging: Ponce Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Following our visit to the Tibes Indian Center, we'll depart for El Museo de la Historia de Ponce (History of Ponce Museum). The museum offers visitors a marvelous opportunity to explore Ponce's rich history. Located in the Casa Salazar, the museum (built in 1911) is an architectural wonder in and of itself, combining typical ponceño, Moorish and neoclassical elements of architecture. Officially opened in 1992, the museum's exhibits demonstrate the growth and change the city has undergone since the time of the Taíno Indians. Considered a large museum in relation to the size of Ponce, the Museo de la Historia de Ponce has ten galleries documenting the city's history regarding politics, culture, economy, ecology, education, medicine, architecture and daily life, with the majority of the artifacts donated by local citizens.Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.Afternoon: LECTURE: Puerto Rican Music Heritage - An Interactive Music Experience. Learn how the music of Puerto Rico has evolved as a heterogeneous and dynamic product of diverse cultural resources.Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore the local cuisine. The hotel front desk and your coordinator can provide you with different options.Lodging: Ponce Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FIELD TRIP: After leaving La Hacienda Buena Vista, we'll stop at El Museo de la Musica de Puerto Rico (the Museum of Puerto Rican Music), which traces the rich musical history of the island through memorabilia of famous musicians and displays of Indian, Spanish and African musical instruments.Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch we'll visit the Armstrong Poventud and Wiechers-Villaronga Residences. The Armstrong-Poventud Residence, also known as La Casa de las Cariatides or the Armstrong-Toro House, is one of the most popular buildings in Ponce. Built in 1899, it is part of the US National Register of Historic Places. This historic home is a two story masonry building, constructed for the town’s most distinguished family and designed by the most prominent architects of the time. The building commemorates the city's affluent period brought on by the prominence of the local sugar plantation.
FIELD TRIP: After exploring the Armstrong-Poventud home, we'll venture to the Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, a neo-classical style mansion constructed in the early twentieth century. Acquired and restored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the house now operates as the Museum of Puerto Rican Architecture. Located in the Ponce Historic Zone, the Villaronga Residence is an outstanding example of the Classical Revival style used in Ponce designs in the early part of the 20th century, and one of only two remaining residences of a series of houses designed and built by Alfredo B. Wiechers that is still standing.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.Evening: After dinner, we'll have a Salsa class for those interested in learning (or just watching) the popular Puerto Rican dance.Lodging: Ponce Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: After returning to San Juan, we'll visit the Art Museum of Puerto Rico. Inaugurated in July 2000, the museum has managed to develop quite a large permanent collection of Puerto Rican art ranging from the 16th century to the present. The works are thoroughly researched and documented, with the exhibits often including an interpretation of the masterpieces on display. The carefully selected artworks help to give insight into Puerto Rican art and provide local artists with access to visual art from other parts of the world.Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.Lodging: Sheraton Old San JuanMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FREE TIME: Then enjoy time to explore Old San Juan at your own pace, walking the cobblestone streets rich in architectural delights and tree shaded squares more reminiscent of Europe than America. The city is built on a hill so comfortable walking shoes and a reasonable level of fitness are a must to ensure you enjoy all of the diverse experiences the
"Vieja Ciudad" has to offer.Lunch: Lunch on your own to continue your exploration of Old San Juan and its many restaurants.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we'll venture to La Galeria Nacional del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, located inside El Cuartel de Ballajá on Norzagaray Street. The building houses several self guided exhibits culled from the most important and complete collection of Puerto Rican painting dating back from the 18th Century up until the 1960’s. The building served as barracks for the Spanish militia and their families during the late 19th century. Occupying over 7,700 square meters, it could accommodate over 1,000 citizens. The three-story structure was completed in 1864, making it the last and largest example of Spanish-built architecture in the New World.Dinner: Farewell Dinner at local restaurant.Lodging: Sheraton Old San JuanMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We hope you have had a great time on your Road Scholar Puerto Rico adventure and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes on all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast