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Puerto Rico

An Outdoor Discovery of Puerto Rico’s History & Heritage

Learn the story of Puerto Rico through its archaeological sites, ancient forts, seaside villages, a historic coffee plantation and the grand architecture and monuments of Old San Juan.
Rating (4.82)
Program No. 15635RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,249
Puerto Rico

An Outdoor Discovery of Puerto Rico’s History & Heritage

Learn the story of Puerto Rico through its archaeological sites, ancient forts, seaside villages, a historic coffee plantation and the grand architecture and monuments of Old San Juan.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,249
Program No. 15635 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
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2,349
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
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Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2022
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Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022
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Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022
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Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
3,299

At a Glance

Experience Puerto Rico’s colorful culture and history from pre-Columbian times to present U.S. stewardship. Led by local experts, explore a fascinating blend of historic cities and museums, beaches, seaside villages and natural wonders. Ponce, known as "the Pearl of the South," is a charming town with magnificent Spanish colonial architecture. Walk through its elegant historic district and top-notch museums, and enjoy galleries and historic sites in San Juan where the Puerto Rican culture is uniquely portrayed.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
One mile of walking over varied terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture to El Yunque for a short hike through the only tropical rainforest that is part of the U.S. National Forest System.
  • Enjoy a walking exploration of the San Felipe de Morro Fort and La Muralla (city wall) in Old San Juan, as well as one of Puerto Rico’s best preserved coffee plantations.
  • Discover the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Caribbean.

General Notes

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Alberto J Melendez
Alberto Melendez is a certified educational excursion, a certified Advance Open Water Scuba Diver and a Florida master naturalist. He has been leading kayak and snorkeling explorations in the Orlando area for over eight years. A 'tree-hugger' since the term became popular, he enjoys introducing folks to the inside story of the critters, salt marsh and history of the area.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Alberto Melendez is a certified educational excursion, a certified Advance Open Water Scuba Diver and a Florida master naturalist. He has been leading kayak and snorkeling explorations in the Orlando area for over eight years. A 'tree-hugger' since the term became popular, he enjoys introducing folks to the inside story of the critters, salt marsh and history of the area.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Puerto Rico: Culture, Politics, and Identity
by Nancy Morris
This book uses historical and interview data to trace the development of Puerto Rican identity in the 20th century. It analyzes how and why Puerto Ricans have maintained a clear sense of distinctiveness in the face of direct and indirect pressures on their identity. After gaining sovereignty over Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898, the United States undertook a sustained campaign to Americanize the island. Despite 50 years of active Americanization and another 40 years of continued United States sovereignty over the island, Puerto Ricans retain a sense of themselves as distinctly and proudly Puerto Rican. This study examines the symbols of Puerto Rican identity, and their use in the complex politics of the island. It shows that identity is dynamic, it is experienced differently by individuals across Puerto Rican society, and that the key symbols of Puerto Rican identity have not remained static over time. Through the study of Puerto Rico, the book investigates and challenges the widely-heard argument that the inevitable result of the export of U.S. mass media and consumer culture throughout the world is the weakening of cultural identities in receiving societies. The book develops the idea that external pressure on collective identity may strengthen that identity rather than, as is often assumed, diminish it.
Stories from Puerto Rico
by Robert L Muckley and Adela Martinez- Santiago
The book will fill you in on how the natives discovered the Spaniards weren’t Gods, and other local legends.
Puerto Rico Mio: Four decades of change
by Jack Delano
It is a sizable picture book
From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity
by Juan Flores
Neither immigrants nor ethnics, neither foreign nor "hyphenated Americans" in the usual sense of that term, Puerto Ricans in New York have created a distinct identity both on the island of Puerto Rico and in the cultural landscape of the United States. Juan Flores considers the uniqueness of Puerto Rican culture and identity in relation to that of other Latino groups in the United States -- as well as to other minority groups, especially African Americans. Architecture and urban space, literary traditions, musical styles, and cultural movements provide some of the sites and moments of a cultural world defined by the interplay of continuity and transformation, heritage and innovation, roots and fusion. Exploring this wide range of cultural expression -- both in the diaspora and in Puerto Rico -- Flores highlights the rich complexities and fertile contradictions of Latino identity.
Divided Borders: Essays of Puerto Rican identity
by Juan Flores
Juan Flores dissects in greater detail the Puerto Rican struggle to define and maintain indigenous identities as the island becomes more homogeneous. Flores also wrote From Bomba to Hip-Hop, a wide-ranging series of essays.





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