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BEGINS IN: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico’s Reefs, Rainforests and Reserves: A Hiking, Kayaking and Snorkeling Exploration

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Program #15638RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
On field trips to Maricao Cloud Forest and El Yunque Rain Forest up to 4,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Lightweight rain jacket, sunscreen SPF 35 or higher, binoculars.

Itinerary for Nov 10 — Nov 17, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in San Juan, they want to make your stay perfect. So if you want to surf the web on your laptop, do so with our free high speed internet access. Run a few miles in our exercise room, or swim some laps in the pool. You'll even find a convenience store at our hotel in San Juan. If you're looking for recommendations on what to do and where to eat in San Juan, just ask the staff at our San Juan hotel and they'll be happy to help!

Contact info:
6530 Isla Verde Avenue
San Juan, PR 00979 Puerto Rico
phone: +7877918777
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SJUHHHX

Room amenities: Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Curved Shower Rod Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio LCD Flat Panel TV Waterpik(R) Showerhead

Facility amenities: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Lounge Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call the hotel for price
Please call the hotel in San Juan directly. It is very important to mention that you are from World Events/Road Scholar group. The telephone in San Juan is 1-787-791-8777.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 10 - Independent arrivals/Orientation/Welcome Dinner
Arrive To: As San Juan International Airport is a short distance from the hotel a dedicated shuttle service is not provided. The cab ride is inexpensive ($15-20) allows participants to check in to the hotel at will from 3 pm on.

Afternoon: Approx 5 pm Orientation and Hospitality at Hotel prior to Dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.

Lodging: Hampton Inn by Hilton

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Secluded waterfront location with landscaped gardens.

Contact info:
Carr 304, Km 3.3
La Parguera, Lajas, PR 00667 Puerto Rico
phone: +7878997777
web: www.villaparguera.net

Room amenities: Air conditioned plus ceiling fans, satelitte TV, telephone. No internet access.

Facility amenities: Pool and sundeck, restaurant in hotel, 24 hr front desk, easy walking access to village center and marina area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Monday, November 11 - Hike at Caguas Botanical Garden/In transit/Snorke...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast

Morning: Depart to La Parguera. Stop for a hike at the Caguas Botanical Gardens (approx 1 miles).

Lunch: Picnic Style Lunch

Afternoon: Transit via central cordillera mountains to south west part of Puerto Rico. Hotel Check in and Snorkel Practice by the Hotel Pool.

Dinner: At hotel in La Parguera.

Lodging: Parador Villa Parguera

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Secluded waterfront location with landscaped gardens.

Contact info:
Carr 304, Km 3.3
La Parguera, Lajas, PR 00667 Puerto Rico
phone: +7878997777
web: www.villaparguera.net

Room amenities: Air conditioned plus ceiling fans, satelitte TV, telephone. No internet access.

Facility amenities: Pool and sundeck, restaurant in hotel, 24 hr front desk, easy walking access to village center and marina area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, November 12 - Kayaking/Snorkel/Swimming in Bio-luminescent bay
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Kayaking - 3 hours along the shore at La Parguera. The mangrove habitat will be uniquely explained by a local Professor and ecologist. People with hip/knee replacements need to understand their limitations as to getting in and out of a kayak from a boat dock.

Lunch: Lunch at the boat

Afternoon: A 2.5 hours snorkel trip takes you out to the coral heads approx 1 mile offshore. Snorkel in La Parguera Reef, the nature reserve has a very nice living reef on the south side of it protecting a turtle nesting beach. The reef averages between 3 feet to 10 feet in depth with great visibility.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: A nightime boat trip to the local bio-luminescent bay is scheduled to take approx 1 1/2 hours with 20-30 minutes swimming in the bay. This is the best way to really see the tiny dinoflagellates that produce the bio-luminescence. Due to safety restrictions kayaking after sunset is not allowed in the area.

Lodging: Parador Villa Parguera

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Secluded waterfront location with landscaped gardens.

Contact info:
Carr 304, Km 3.3
La Parguera, Lajas, PR 00667 Puerto Rico
phone: +7878997777
web: www.villaparguera.net

Room amenities: Air conditioned plus ceiling fans, satelitte TV, telephone. No internet access.

Facility amenities: Pool and sundeck, restaurant in hotel, 24 hr front desk, easy walking access to village center and marina area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, November 13 - Hiking - at Guanica Dry Forest/Visit to Guanica B...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart to Guanica. Trail hike from sea level to 600 feet at Guanica Dry Forest, a UN Biosphere Reserve. Meet with a University of Puerto Rico researchers to learn about this unique habitat and the research being conducted here. Approx. 3.5 miles over rubbly terrain. Solid walking shoes with good ankle support a must.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch or at Local Restaurant depending on the weather

Afternoon: Swim and/ or walk at the beach (bring swimwear & towel) Special visit to “ Balneario de Guanica” (Cana Gorda beach)

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Movie at the Garden by the Pool

Lodging: Parador Villa Parguera

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in San Juan, they want to make your stay perfect. So if you want to surf the web on your laptop, do so with our free high speed internet access. Run a few miles in our exercise room, or swim some laps in the pool. You'll even find a convenience store at our hotel in San Juan. If you're looking for recommendations on what to do and where to eat in San Juan, just ask the staff at our San Juan hotel and they'll be happy to help!

Contact info:
6530 Isla Verde Avenue
San Juan, PR 00979 Puerto Rico
phone: +7877918777
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SJUHHHX

Room amenities: Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Curved Shower Rod Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio LCD Flat Panel TV Waterpik(R) Showerhead

Facility amenities: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Lounge Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call the hotel for price
Please call the hotel in San Juan directly. It is very important to mention that you are from World Events/Road Scholar group. The telephone in San Juan is 1-787-791-8777.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 14 - Hiking - The Salt Flats - "Las Salinas" / Cabo Ro...
Hiking - The Salt Flats - "Las Salinas" / Cabo Rojo Lighthouse - "El Faro"/Travel to San Juan

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Visit to El Faro in Cabo Rojo. On the road to the Lighthouse, we will stop in The Salt Flats, the scenery is beautiful and quite amazing to see how the salt is collected. The sparkle of the dried salt is as the sun touches it is gorgeous. The lighthouse was constructed in 1882 by the Spanish. Los Morrillos Lighthouse is one of the most popular attractions of Cabo Rojo. The immense red stone cliffs are very impressive. Once you climb the hill you can enjoy breathtaking views of a beautiful crescent shape bay beach with calm, blue clear waters. This 2.5 mile up- and down- hill hike is over rubbly terrain and solid walking shoes/hiking boots with good ankle support are a must. The area is a local birding spot so, as well as hiking, you may get to see a variety of herons and egrets, sandpipers and plovers and some of the island's indigenous birds. HOWEVER those of you who are birders please note that this is an active outdoor program with the emphasis on hiking .

Lunch: At local restaurant

Afternoon: Continue on to San Juan via Central Cordillera Mountains, stopping in Ponce to have a taste of this beautiful city called " The pearl of the South".

Dinner: At local Restaurant.

Lodging: Hampton Inn by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in San Juan, they want to make your stay perfect. So if you want to surf the web on your laptop, do so with our free high speed internet access. Run a few miles in our exercise room, or swim some laps in the pool. You'll even find a convenience store at our hotel in San Juan. If you're looking for recommendations on what to do and where to eat in San Juan, just ask the staff at our San Juan hotel and they'll be happy to help!

Contact info:
6530 Isla Verde Avenue
San Juan, PR 00979 Puerto Rico
phone: +7877918777
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SJUHHHX

Room amenities: Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Curved Shower Rod Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio LCD Flat Panel TV Waterpik(R) Showerhead

Facility amenities: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Lounge Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call the hotel for price
Please call the hotel in San Juan directly. It is very important to mention that you are from World Events/Road Scholar group. The telephone in San Juan is 1-787-791-8777.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, November 15 - Hiking - El Yunque Rain Forest/Free Late Afternoo...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast

Morning: Early morning depart for El Yunque Rain Forest and pick up of our local naturalist guide before our first stop at El Portal visitors Center. Here the guide will give an orientation about the forest followed by a short video presentation at the center. Total distance covered is approx 2 miles over well tended, shaded pathways, however as it involves a lot changes in elevation and the weather is always humid the hike may seem much longer than 2 miles. The hilly terrain requires good walking shoes/hiking boots with adequate ankle support. Those who have had recent knee/hip surgery should seriously consider their physical abilities in undertaking this hike.

Lunch: Picnic Style .

Afternoon: Continuing hiking in El Yunque by a ride to the El Mina Falls trail which continues down to the Big Tree Trail. These two trails take you past rushing streams and cascading waterfalls.

Dinner: At restaurant of participant's choice.

Lodging: Hampton Inn by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in San Juan, they want to make your stay perfect. So if you want to surf the web on your laptop, do so with our free high speed internet access. Run a few miles in our exercise room, or swim some laps in the pool. You'll even find a convenience store at our hotel in San Juan. If you're looking for recommendations on what to do and where to eat in San Juan, just ask the staff at our San Juan hotel and they'll be happy to help!

Contact info:
6530 Isla Verde Avenue
San Juan, PR 00979 Puerto Rico
phone: +7877918777
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SJUHHHX

Room amenities: Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast High Speed Internet-No Charge Iron Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Curved Shower Rod Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio LCD Flat Panel TV Waterpik(R) Showerhead

Facility amenities: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Lounge Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call the hotel for price
Please call the hotel in San Juan directly. It is very important to mention that you are from World Events/Road Scholar group. The telephone in San Juan is 1-787-791-8777.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, November 16 - Guided Tour of Old San Juan /Farewell Dinner
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast

Morning: Guided Tour of the Old San Juan . Urban Hike, please note that the streets are narrow,cobble stoned and very steep in places. This is not for people who need walking canes or have recent hip/knee replacements.

Lunch: At participant's leisure.

Afternoon: Free time at Old San Juan, meet group leader at 3:00 PM and return to Hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Local restaurant.

Lodging: Hampton Inn by Hilton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, November 17 - Individual departures
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast

Morning: Hotel check out by 12 pm and individual departures for the airport. Depending upon airline schedules individuals may wish to share a taxi.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
10 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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