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: Hampton Inn by HiltonMeals Included: Dinner
HOTEL CHECK IN: We'll arrive at La Villa Parguera around 3:30 PM for check-in.
Following check-in to the hotel, we'll meet at the pool for snorkeling practice. Your group leader will provide basic instruction and training on how to snorkel as well as other useful tips to fully enjoy your snorkeling experience in Puerto Rico.Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at La Villa Parguera hotel.Lodging: Parador Villa PargueraMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Participants with hip/knee replacements should be aware of their limitations as kayaking will involve climbing in and out of a kayak from a boat dock.Lunch: Lunch at the Parador Villa Parguera.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we'll depart for Guanica, where we'll trail hike from sea level to 600 feet at Guanica Dry Forest -- a UN Biosphere Reserve. Along the way, we'll learn about this unique habitat and the research being conducted there. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles over rubbly terrain. Solid walking shoes with good ankle support are a must.
FIELD TRIP: On the way back to the hotel we'll stop at one our beautiful south beaches (TBA) to swim and/ or walk (please bring swimwear & towel).Dinner: Tonight we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.Evening: Movie at the Garden by the Pool (TBA)Lodging: Parador Villa PargueraMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Los Morrillos Lighthouse was constructed in 1882 by the Spanish and is one of the most popular attractions in Cabo Rojo. The immense red stone cliffs are very impressive and a climb to the top of the hill affords 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 also a local birding spot allowing for the chance to see a variety of herons and egrets, sandpipers and plovers and some of the island's indigenous birds.
(BIRDERS - please note that this is an active outdoor program with an emphasis on hiking.)Lunch: At a local restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll continue on to San Juan via Luis A. Ferre Highway crossing back over La Cordillera Central Mountains. Along the way we'll stop in Ponce for approximately 40 minutes to have a brief taste of this beautiful city, called "the pearl of the south." (see activity note).Dinner: After checking back into the Hampton Inn, we'll venture out on a short walk to a local restaurant.Lodging: Hampton Inn by HiltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After our orientation to the park, we'll set out on our 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.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: FIELD TRIP: After lunch we'll continue hiking in El Yunque along the El Mina Falls and Big Tree Trails. These trails will take us past rushing streams and cascading waterfalls.Dinner: Dinner will be on your own after our return to the hotel, for you to enjoy one of San Juan's many restaurants.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 on your own to enjoy one of Old San Juan's restaurants.Afternoon: Continue your free time in Old San Juan before meeting your group leader at 3:00 PM at a designated location (TBA) to return to the hotel.
Dinner: This evening we'll venture to a local restaurant for our farewell dinner.Lodging: Hampton Inn by HiltonMeals 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