Afro-Puerto Rican Rhythms: A Guided Music & Culture Tour

Begin your musical expedition in the city of Ponce, where the Creole architectural style provides a visual prelude to the rhythmic heritage awaiting at the Puerto Rican Music Museum—a melodious venture into the island’s musical lineage. The tour then serenades to Vieques Island, a natural spectacle where the landscape itself seems to dance to the island’s rhythm. Venture on a kayak tour through the ethereal waters of its Bioluminescent Bay, one of the world’s brightest, adding a touch of natural magic to your musical adventure. The final note resonates through the historic heart of San Juan, where the cultural richness is as profound as the musical notes that fill the air. Explore the city’s revered music conservatory and delve into various museums, each a testimony to the Puerto Rican Culture and music that has stood the test of time.
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Santurce es Ley
San Juan

Your Tour:

8 nights

9 days

12 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

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Embark on a melodious journey through Puerto Rico, immersing in the island’s rich musical heritage from day one. The tour presents a harmonious blend of Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms, traditional dance, and architectural marvels. Amidst the charismatic locals and the enchanting atmosphere, experience Puerto Rico’s musical essence, all under the guidance of our seasoned experts.

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances.

In such an event, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

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Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: San Juan

The tour coordinator will greet everyone, and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.

Day 2

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. We will depart by bus to the town of Cataño, from where you will see the breathtaking view of the Bay of San Juan and El Morro Fort. From Cataño, we will take a ferry to cross the Bay of San Juan where we will enjoy a walking guided tour around San Juan, covering the major points of interest.  After this visit, we will have time to have lunch on our own. We will set out with a local expert for a lecture on Puerto Rico’s African heritage.

Day 3

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. We will depart by bus to the town of Loíza, settled in the 16th century by members of the Yoruba tribe that were brought to the Island as slaves. In modern times, most of the music, dance, culinary traditions, and art are produced in Loíza. We will learn about the traditional music, instruments and basic dance steps in an amazing dancing class, learning about bomba y plena dance. After this, we will go together to enjoy a group lunch. Later, we will enjoy a free time at Piñones beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

Day 4

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. We will set out with a local expert for a lecture on Music: From Jíbara to Reggaetón, where we will learn about the different musical styles that have developed on the island. Following, we will continue our cultural route through the famous neighborhood of  la Perla, a poor area of San Juan. Located across the wall, where the seawaves break, this neighborhood has been the backdrop of several music videos. Currently, the community seeks to revive this area with a variety of murals and activities. After the Lunch, we will enjoy a visit to the Music Conservatory, a unique place in San Juan, where we will discover a magnificent building and learn the influence of the music in the island.

In the late afternoon we will  enjoy a delicious group dinner and we will attend an incredible live musical show where we will put into practice what we have learned in the Puerto Rican rhythms.

Day 5

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning our private bus will be waiting for us to go to El Yunque National Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system. With nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain rivers, and outdoor recreation through a short hiking adventure. Afterwards, we will take our bus to Luquillo beach where you’ll have the opportunity to taste a traditional lunch in its kioskos on your own and enjoy the afternoon at the beach.  After this, we will experience the most exciting activity of the trip: a kayak tour through the Bioluminescent Bay of Fajardo. We will return to the hotel in San Juan in the evening.

Day 6

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning our private bus will be waiting for us to go to the Museo of the Americas, where we will enjoy its four permanent exhibitions: Popular Arts in the Americas, The African heritage, The Indigenous of America and Conquest and Colonization: birth and evolution of the Puerto Rican nation.  After this, we will visit one of the most impressive natural areas of Puerto Rico. In the province of Manatí, where the wonderful beach of Mar Chiquita is located, one of the most popular natural pools in the north coast. Then we will discover La Poza de las Mujeres, an unspoiled beach with crystal clear waters and golden sand.

Day 7

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. We will depart by private bus to the southern city of Ponce. On the way, we will stop in Hacienda La Pomarrosa, a coffee plantation, where we will learn about the whole process from the harvesting to the roasting of the coffee. Then, we will continue our trip visiting the Puerto Rican Music Museum which traces Puerto Rico’s rich musical history through memorabilia of prominent musicians and displays of the musical instruments associated with the three genres of music that originated on this Caribbean island. After lunch, we will have a short walking tour. We will visit the Parque de Bombas (Fire Station) to discover this unique and colorful building. Then, we will take the bus to return to San Juan.

Day 8

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at hotel. We will visit the MAC, or Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, where we will learn about current cultural trends. The permanent collection includes pieces  by Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American artists.

After this visit we will enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking workshop. There, we will learn how to cook the renowned and most traditional dish of Mofongo and we will have lunch of our own creation.

We will then continue with the Santurce es Ley tour, with an urban character and representative of society, aimed to surprise viewers with its silent message that invites reflection as a preamble to the action. Finally, you’ll have some hours of free time until the farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 9

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport at a designated time. 

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances. In the event, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

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Tour Inclusions

Tour Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $635.

For a minimum of 15 pax.

Additional Experiences

Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Painting in non-traditional mediums

Painting in non-traditional mediums

Imagine having your own painted purse, custom-designed shopping bag or Picasso-inspired pillow. Here, you can paint your own interpretation of artistic masterpieces or designs on a personalized clutch, canvas, handbag or pillow. You will receive a short tour of our workshop, after which you will choose a medium (bag, pillow, clutch, canvas etc.) and an image. We provide instructions, paint, paintbrushes, etc., and the painting session begins!
Conservatory Music PR

Visit to Conservatory Music of Puerto Rico

The Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico is a public institution offering university-level studies in music. Located in San Juan’s historic Miramar, it grants degrees in piano, vocal music, guitar, orchestral instruments, jazz and Caribbean music, composition. In this tour, we will visit the conservatory and learn about its different projects.

Half-Day Trip to Loiza Aldea

In this trip, you will discover the Afro-Caribbean community of Loíza. You will learn about its cultural heritage, attend a demonstration of Bomba y Plena dance and finally spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach at Piñones.
Music and Dance Workshop

Puerto Rican Music and Dance Workshop

A local music group will explain the names and sounds of instruments used in traditional Puerto Rican song, along with the typical clothes used in different clothes associated with different dances and music genres. Finally, we will learn the basic movements of emblematic dances such as Bomba y Plena, salsa and cuembé.
Charter a Helicopter

Charter a Helicopter

Customize an amazing tour by air. From Old San Juan to beaches of the outer islands, this aerial perspective will give your clients the best views of the Island. See San Juan from the sky in a helicopter tour.

Visit to Casa Paoli (Folkloric Research Center of Puerto Rico)

Casa Paoli is a renovated historic house where tenor Antonio Paoli was born. It is currently dedicated exclusively to educational purposes, and its main function is the study of Puerto Rican culture. To this end, samples of the island’s folk traditions are collected, classified and shared. We will visit the premises and learn how this initiative began.