21500
Puerto Rico
Snorkeling & More: Intergenerational Adventures on Puerto Rico’s Coral Reef
Explore the coral reefs and diverse ecosystems of Puerto Rico with your grandchild as you snorkel with turtles, hike a nature reserve, zip-line through a rainforest and much more!
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Program No. 21500RJ
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8 days
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8 days
7 nights
19 meals
7 B 6 L 6 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
San Juan - Isla Verde
D
Hampton Inn by Hilton

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: At a local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel, enjoy a plated meal featuring Latin cuisine.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Note: Minors must be accompanied by an adult family member on all outdoor activities. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. The remainder of the evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants, stroll along the boardwalk, or just relax and get ready for tomorrow. Because your days will be full, we are not scheduling many evening activities. You will see and learn a lot and will need "down" time to be ready for what each day offers. This is also a great time for family to spend time together sharing what these experiences mean to you.

DAY
2
Check Out of Hotel / El Yunque Rain Forest Field Trip / Transfer to Fajardo / Hotel Check-in
Fajardo
B,L,D
Fajardo Inn

Activity note: Minors must be accompanied by an adult family member on all outdoor activities. Round-trip hike approximately 2 miles; hilly terrain with many steps up and down; humid weather. Wear broken-in walking shoes/hiking boots with good ankle support. Anyone who had recent knee/hip surgery should carefully consider the physical demands involved.

Breakfast: At the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes eggs, bacon or sausage, bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, orange and grapefruit juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we board our motorcoach for El Yunque National Forest (Bosque Nacional El Yunque). We are joined by an expert local naturalist. At the Visitors Center, our naturalist provides a brief introduction to the forest followed by a short video presentation. After our orientation to the park, we set out on a hike in one of the beautiful trails of the park. El Yunque, more than a century old, the only the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. national forest system.

Lunch: At one of the shelters in the park, enjoy a picnic lunch with fresh salad and/or sandwiches.

Afternoon: We'll hop back on our bus for the ride to Fajardo, about 18 miles from El Yunque. After hotel check-in, the remainder of the afternoon is free for your personal independent exploration. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You might like to visit Fajardo’s authentic, antique-styled town square, its beautiful beaches.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a plated meal including soft drinks, iced tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Beach Walk and Snorkeling Practice / Free Afternoon / Nocturnal Experience at Las Cabezas de San Juan
Fajardo
B,L,D
Fajardo Inn

Activity note: All who wish to snorkel must be able to swim, regardless of age. Mask, snorkel, and fins provided, or you may use your own; bring bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and change of dry clothes.

Breakfast: At the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes eggs, bacon or sausage, bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, orange and grapefruit juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We begin on the beach with snorkeling practice led by a snorkeling instructor. If you have already had experience snorkeling, this will be a refresher.

Lunch: Picnic at the beach.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: At a restaurant, enjoy a plated meal featuring local favorites, plus soft drinks and water.

Evening: We have a special nighttime outing this evening to the Cabezas de San Juan where a nature specialist will guide us to the top of the Fajardo Lighthouse. From there, you can see the effects of light pollution. Then, we go through the mangroves and wetlands of the lagoon on the boardwalk. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the Puerto Rico Shines Naturally initiative, you’ll be able to experience bio-luminescence first hand, under darker skies. It’s a natural spectacle unlike any other in the world.

DAY
4
Nature Walk at Las Croabas Beach / Snorkeling at Icacos Island
Fajardo
B,L,D
Fajardo Inn

Activity note: Bring water shoes or old sneakers.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take the motorcoach to Las Croabas Beach with our Group Leader for a walk along the beach to discover what lives at the waters edge. We’ll wade this shallow ecosystem with collection nets to learn about the small creatures that live within the sea grass beds. After this field trip, we board the boat for Icacos Island off Fajardo.

Lunch: During our cruise on the boat, a buffet lunch includes sliced meats and cheeses, breads, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, several different salads, fruit, chips, cookies, juices, soft drinks, iced tea, water

Afternoon: Arriving at Iacos Island, we get into the water from the boat and swim to shore. Then, led by an expert naturalist, we’ll swim and snorkel to discover spectacular coral reef formations and experience the underwater world. We return to the hotel after our field trip.

Dinner: At the hotel.

DAY
5
Full Day Field Trip on Culebra Island
Fajardo
B,L,D
Fajardo Inn

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After a short motorcoach transfer to the Marina, we board a catamaran and head out to Culebra Island, where we’ll spend the day. One of the Caribbean’s most pristine eco-destinations, Culebra is located between the main Island of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. Under expert guidance, we’ll snorkel among in breathtakingly beautiful, warm turquoise waters. With luck, we may see turtles, colorful fish, and other marine life.

Lunch: Buffet on the Catamaran.

Afternoon: Next, our Captain will select a beach with the best conditions, where you will have free time to spend the rest of the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, and beach combing. The energy of this island paradise with its white-sand beaches, coral beaches, cays, shallow coral reefs, and many rocky points surrounding Culebra comes from the sea. We return to the hotel after the field trip.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Fajardo.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Check Out of Hotel / Zip-lining in El Yunque / Return to San Juan
San Juan - Isla Verde
B,L
Hampton Inn by Hilton

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we board our coach and return to El Yunque. Led by a local expert, we take a short nature hike to learn more about the area, its natural history including plants and wildlife, the importance of conservation, getting back to basics, and the Forest Service’s plans for future. Then it’s on to zip-lining ! A zip-line is a pulley suspended on a steel cable at an incline. You strap into a harness and let gravity carry you across to the other side. There will be instruction. The state-of-the-art carbon fiber Zip-Line system we’ll be “riding” is more flexible and durable than traditional “steel cord” systems and unique in the Caribbean. Each participant will have one harness for the chest and one for the waist for better stability and safety. Our ziplining adventure involves moving through a series of 8 platforms anchored on rocks and trees using a double-rope system.

Lunch: At local restaurant

Afternoon: Return to San Juan

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Old San Juan / Kite Flying at El Morro Park
San Juan - Isla Verde
B,L,D
Hampton Inn by Hilton

Activity note: San Juan is built on a hill; comfortable walking shoes and a reasonable level of fitness are a must.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With a local expert, we’ll explore Old San Juan — “San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico” as named by Christopher Columbus — visiting famed sites sich as the San Felipe de Morro Fort and La Muralla, the 16th Century city walls the Spanish built to protect this jewel of their American colonies. The remainder of the morning is free for your personal independent exploration in Old San Juan at your own pace. Walk the cobblestone streets rich in architectural delights, with tree-shaded squares more reminiscent of Europe than North America.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next we take the motorcoach to El Morro Park. With open spaces close to the Caribbean and its breezes, El Morro is perfect for launching kites (chiringas). We will supply the kites so you can join the locals in this traditional activity. Keep an eye on your own kite, but be sure to check out the other kites of all shapes and sizes, flown by people young and old all around you.

Dinner: For our farewell dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy local cuisine.

Evening: Back at the hotel, we’ll have an informal wrap-up session to share our favorite memories from the experiences we’ve shared together on this magical island. Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes / Independent Departures
San Juan - Isla Verde
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!