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

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8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Karen from Whitehouse Station, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15
This was a wonderful experience & our guide Alberto Melendez was outstanding. I'm so happy I was able to see & participate in an interesting program.

Marilou from Stockbridge, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/05/15
This is a fantastic program for those who want to be active on land and in the water but who also want immersion in the beautiful culture of Puerto Rico. Alberto, our leader, is unquestionably the best guide I have ever had--warm, knowledgeable, organized, and very funny. The spirit among the participants was remarkable as well. My first Road Scholar trip but unlikely to be the last!

Karen from Danville, CA Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/22/15
I really enjoyed the water sports in Puerto Rico. The water and beaches were beautiful and I had the best snorkeling of my life there. Being able to use US dollars and coins was also great.

Rosemary from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/22/15
This is a very energetic program with little down time. The leaders were outstanding and all the instructors bar one (kayaking) welcoming and informative. This is a hands on way to learn all about the environment, history and culture of Puerto Rico.

Cathy from Riverside, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/22/15
Great, fun, interesting and active. I really enjoyed this program and learned a lot about Puerto Rico. The program leaders were absolutely the best!

James from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/22/15
Interesting, educational, physically very active, with great leaders and a wide variety of experiences -- a great path to hands-on learning about Puerto Rico.

Alice from New Castle, DE Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/22/15
The chance to swim in a bioluminescent bay was unforgettable. A once in a lifetime delight.

Sara from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 01/18/15 - 01/25/15
This program was thoroughly enjoyable thanks to the leader and all the wonderful participants. What a wonderful way to snorkel and kayak for the first time.

Connie from Fond du Lac, WI Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 01/18/15 - 01/25/15
A very strong trip, leader, itinerary were outstanding.

Linda from Reading, PA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 11/30/14 - 12/07/14
This was a delightful trip to Puerto Rico. It was active, informative, and fun and the tropical weather was a bonus. Our leader, Alberto Melendez, did a great job with all the details.

Elizabeth from Mandeville, LA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/20/14 - 04/27/14
A few of us ventured into a coffee shop for a light lunch in old San Juan on our last day of the trip. Here we could write a poem if it struck us to do so. Thinking about it on my way home, I put some words together to sum up the trip. So here goes:

We came to Puerto Rico for adventure, fun and sun;
We came to Puerto Rico for iguanas, parrots and coqui;
We are leaving Puerto Rico with memories, pictures, and souvenirs;
We are leaving Puerto Rico with new friends, knowledge and a desire to return again.

We came to Puerto Rico to snorkel, hike and kayak;
We came to Puerto Rico to taste plantains, coffee and Don Q;
We are leaving Puerto Rico with sunburned backs, tired legs and stronger arms;
We are leaving Puerto Rico with new tastes, new highs and a desire to return again.

Thanks Alberto M. You were a joy.


Virginia from Bristol, WI Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/06/14
A wonderful trip! Alberto's Melendez' enthusiasm for nature and the island were contagious. He was organized and informative with a delightful sense of humor. I also liked the emphasis on fresh and local foods. The active parts of the trip include mostly hiking with one half day of snorkeling and one half day of kayaking. There is also an afternoon of beach time and pools are readily available at the hotels. The Villa Parguera is especially pleasant with a relaxing atmosphere and lovely view.

Glenn from North Wales, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/06/14
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip to Puerto Rico. All of the activities and arrangements were well done. Our guide, Alberto Melendez, was great. We loved the hiking and water activities. Kathy and Glenn Carlson

Linda from Woolwich, ME Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/23/14
This was a great program, perfect for those who want an active and varied program mostly outdoors. We learned a lot about Puerto Rico, we enjoyed the hiking and snorkeling, we ate good food. The beach was one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Alberto, the leader, was outstanding in every way: he was enthusiastic and personally engaging, organized, attentive to all participants, eager to transmit his love for Puerto Rico. Be prepared to be on the go!

Esther from Annapolis, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/23/14
This program was active and fun. The leader did an excellent job. The places we stayed were great and the food very good. What an excellent way to get away from a cold, snowy winter. I recommend it highly. We happened to have a most congenial group.

Georgia from Huntington, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/26/14
This was a wonderful trip! We sampled such beautiful features of this tropical island- white beaches, cliffs and mountains and the charm and culture of Old San Juan. Our guide Alberto was so enthusiastic and very knowledgeable- and his great sense of humor made the group experience even more delightful. I highly recommend this active and interesting program!

Mary from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/26/14
If you're looking for beautiful settings, lots of activities that will give you a good workout...with a really fun guide who will stay with you all the way...then this is the adventure for you...enjoy!

Renana from West Hartford, CT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/26/14
Although I enjoyed much of the trip, I think there has to be more snorkling if you are going to advertise it as a "snorkling,hiking and kayaking trip". The group of people was wonderful as was our group leader, Alberto Melendez

Bill from Chesapeake, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/26/14
This program is an excellent opportunity to learn about the history, culture, food and people of Puerto Rico while immersing oneself in the natural beauty of its reefs, mangrove swamps, dry and rain forests, and unusual bioluminescent bay ecology. The group leader of this program, Alberto Melendez, is exceptional and will make all attendees glad they chose this Road Scholars offering.

Diane from Ellicott City, MD Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/26/14
Couldn't have asked for a better trip. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island with many interesting fun things to do--snorkeling, kayaking, hiking in rain forests, etc. Our group leader, Alberto, was truly outstanding--he worked hard to make sure we had a great time--and we did!

Roxanne from Okemos, MI Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/26/14
This program was excellent. Just the right amount of history, background and culture along with the physical activities made it a perfect winter getaway. Wished I could have stayed and played longer!
Alberto is so positive, fun and energetic. He made the program special.

Nancy from Lake City, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/17/13
The trip to Puerto Rico was delightful. The kayaking was somewhat challenging, but we all rose to the challenge. The visibility for snorkeling was cloudy, but the guide was so good that we saw and photographed lots of reef critters. The hikes gave us lots of time to explore several very different types of habitats, and the instructors gave running commentary on the plants, animals and landscape. The best part of the program was working with Alberto Melendez and Alicia Torregrosa. They were ideal guides.

Joan from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/17/13
Great Trip even better than trip description in catalog! Leaders are super qualified and fun. If you love being outdoors and active, this is the trip for you.


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