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BEGINS IN: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

Kaleidoscope of Cultures: Puerto Rico’s History and Heritage from Pre-history to Present-day

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Program #15635RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Gayle from Swansea, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/30/14
My sister and really enjoyed this tour. Especially the art museums and Old San Juan Tour. The hotel accomodations were right where they should be. The tour guide leader - Alberto Melendez was OUTSTANDING! If you have the opportunity to join Alberto - you will be joining the best. He made the trip for us. Always went above and beyond for the group's enjoyment...and he's very funny!

Connie from St Williams, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/30/14
An enjoyable program. Alberto was great, friendly, helpful and very informative. The food was good, especially the fish cakes in the Museum's restaurant in Old San Juan.

Edward from St Simons Is, GA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/30/14
Great program. I knew little about Puerto Rico and its culture and history and now feel I am much more familiar with it. I plan to return again.

Kathleen from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/16/14
Alberto was great! Listening devices - excellent idea - program was interesting. Restaurant choices were good - food was tasty and root vegetables will now be something I will be cooking regularly. Thanks again, Alberto, for all your knowledge sharing, food recommendations and your caring that we all had a good program experience.

Gary from Lethbridge, AB Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/16/14
Our leader, Alberto, makes this program and experience come alive.

Vivian from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 41
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/19/14
A welcome winter break and one that provides educational input as well as recreational possibilities with delicious meals added. The tour directors were particularly good.

Ruby from Frankfort, KY Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/10/13
This was one of the beset Elderhostel-Road Scholar programs I have attended, and that's saying a lot, as I've enjoyed all of them. Alberto is a wonderful group leader -- well-organized, well-informed, personable, helpful -- I can't say enough about him! We saw a lot of Puerto Rico and learned a lot about the country and the culture. Such diversity -- mountains, rain forest, nature preserve, historic mansions, museums, restaurants featuring local food, and more.

Sandra from Parkville, MD Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/10/13
Our leader Alberto Melendez is simply great--always enthusiastic. The variety of restaurants is wonderful as is the food. We saw the natural wonders of Puerto Rico, its many cultural sites, and got the flavor of two cities of different sizes. The Ponce hotel is a bit uncomfortable. Wear cotton shirts for the humidity. Be aware--Puerto Rico has many stray, starving dogs as does much of the Caribbean. I expected better here as it is the United States. These animals need help. Something needs to be done about the problem and it does tend to leave a sad visual memory of a beautiful place.

Deborah from Brookline, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/03/13
If you love art, history, and exploring natural areas, this is a great trip for you. It was also interesting to learn about the commerce which has strongly shaped Puerto Rico. I went at the end of January and the weather was consistently great.

Audrey from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/03/13
If you are considering your first trip to Puerto Rico and you are a senior citizen I would recommend taking a Road Scholar tour. You can find an activity level that is suitable for you and enjoy a variety of educational experieces. My husband and I
were on a recent tour of Puerto Rico and enjoyed learning about the culture and history while we were basking in the warmth, both of the temperature and the welcoming attitude of its inhabitants.

Carmen from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 11/04/12 - 11/11/12
This is one of the best programs that I have attended. It was comprehensive, well managed and fun. The accomodations were excellent and the food outstanding. You get to know the Puerto-Rican people, the culture and the history. I recommended it highly.


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