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.Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants, stroll along the boardwalk, or just relax and get ready for tomorrow. Because your days will be filled with adventures and activities, we are not scheduling evening programs every day. You will see and learn a lot and will need "down" time to be ready for what each day offers. This is also a great time for "grands" to spend time together sharing what these experiences mean to you.Lodging: Hampton Inn by HiltonMeals Included: Dinner
After our orientation to the park, we'll set out on our La Mina Waterfall hike . The total distance covered will be approximately 2 miles, over well-tended, shaded pathways. Please note however that our hike will involve numerous changes in elevation and the weather in the park is always humid, which may make the hike seem much longer than 2 miles.
The hilly terrain requires good walking shoes/hiking boots with adequate ankle support. We ask those who have had recent knee/hip surgeries to please seriously consider their physical capabilities in undertaking this hike. Note: Bring your towel and dry clothes if planning to swim in the beautiful waterfall.Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at Palo Colorao Picnic Shelter or similar location in the park.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll Transit to Fajardo located approximately 30 minutes from El Yunque.
HOTEL CHECK IN: We'll arrive at Fajardo Inn around 2:30 PM for check-in.Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel RestaurantEvening: The evening is free time to talk over the day's experiences or enjoy what the resort has to offer. Get a good night's sleep for tomorrow's busy dayLodging: Fajardo InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
When we actually go snorkel, we will provide a mask, snorkel, and fins, or you may use your own. Also bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and maybe a change of dry clothes.Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at one of beautiful beaches of Fajardo.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we'll venture to Las Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo, one of the most important natural areas in Puerto Rico. Las Cabezas, which means "headlands," refer to 3 promontories that extend into the Atlantic Ocean. Within its 316 acres/128 hectares, Las Cabezas offers an impressive representation of seven different ecological systems including coral reefs, beaches, lagoons, mangroves and dry forest. The preserve is home to many endangered species and features a 19th century lighthouse known as "El Faro de las Cabezas de San Juan." The lighthouse, which has been beautifully restored by the Conservation Trust, features an information center and observation deck, providing breathtaking views of El Yunque.Dinner: Dinner at Local RestaurantEvening: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Cabezas de San Juan at night to join a nature specialist who will guide you to the top of the Fajardo Lighthouse. From there, you’ll see the effects of light pollution, before taking a boardwalk through mangroves and wetlands and into the lagoon. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the Puerto Rico Shines Naturally initiative, you’ll be able to experience bio luminescence first hand, under darker skies. It’s a natural spectacle unlike any other in the world.Lodging: Fajardo InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Depart to El Yunque for a Zip Lining guided experience. We will start with a short nature tour ( 20-25 mins) given by a local guide. Our guide will tell us about the area, the history of the property, and the plans for the future (with educating people about the importance of conservation and getting back to basics). He will discuss the river, and the plants and wildlife around it.
Zip-Lining seven lines and one Rappel . Each participant will have one harness for the chest and one for the waist for better stability and safety. Their zip line is an state of the art system unique in the Caribbean.Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at one of beautiful beaches of FajardoAfternoon: FIELD TRIP:Swim at one of the great river spots with a nice deep pool and rope swing.
Depart to San Juan
Dinner: At LeisureEvening: Another set of great memories to add to your collection. Spend time with your "grands" and new friends, and get some rest for the last full day of the program tomorrow.Lodging: Hampton Inn by HiltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 at Local RestaurantAfternoon: Because the area is so open and close to the sea, the breeze is perfect for launching chiringas (kites). We will supply the kites so you can join the local in this traditional activity in the Old San Juan. You will see kites of all shapes and sizes and flown by people young and old.Dinner: Our final dinner of the program will be out at a local restaurant.Evening: Enjoy a last evening on the program with your "grands" and new friends at the hotel.
WRAP-UP SESSION: We will have an informal wrap-up session to share what you thought was most interesting, exciting, and enjoyable. This will conclude the program.Lodging: Hampton Inn by HiltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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