Puerto Rico’s Green Heart and Natural Wonders

Discover the cultural offerings of old San Juan and visit its bay through the natural estuaries. Travel to the island of Vieques, be amazed by the natural beauty of its landscapes and enjoy a kayak tour of its bioluminescent bay, one of the brightest in the world. Get to know some of the most important wonders such as the Las Cucharillas swamp in Cataño or Tortuguero Lagoon with its great beauty, fauna and aquatic flora.
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Your Tour:

8 nights

9 days

5 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

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Puerto Rico is an island full of natural resources and on this adventure, we will focus and learn all about these wonders. More than 300 miles of coastline offer a wide variety of beaches from black sand to crystal clear waters, combined with the lush interior forests full of caves and grottos. A variety of places where you can find numerous species of animals and wildlife. Can you already imagine yourself in this paradise?

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 1
Arrive in San Juan, Orientation & Welcome Dinner (D)
Day 1
Day 2
San Juan, Estuary and Puerto Rican Nature Conference (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Ciénaga de las Cucharillas Natural Reserve, Afro-Puerto Rican Community of Loiza, Free time at Piñones Beach (B, L)
Day 3
Day 4
Cabachuelas Natural Reserve, Tortuguero Lagoon in Vega Baja and Lago dos Bocas in Utuado (D)
Day 4
Day 5
Day trip to Adjuntas, Social Project, Piedra Escrita in Jayuya (B, L)
Day 5
Day 6
Transfer to Vieques, National Wildlife Refuge, night kayak excursion on the BioBahia (B, L)
Day 6
Day 7
Breakwaters, Fortin del Conde de Mirasol, Black Beach (D)
Day 7
Day 8
Return to San Juan, Farewell dinner (B, L)
Day 8
Day 9
End of program (B)
Day 9

Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: San Juan

 

The group leader will welcome you and we will go over the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer any questions. After the orientation, we will go out with our group leader for a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a delicious menu as a welcome dinner.

Day 2

Overnight: San Juan

 

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart in our private bus to Old San Juan, downtown, where we will meet our local expert who will guide us through the main points of the city. 

After the lunch break, we will continue our visit to the San Juan estuary, with approximately 156 km2 (97 mi) including different bodies of water that are linked by canals of great importance for the food chain of multiple species, birds, fish, among others.

Afterwards, we will move to attend a presentation by an expert naturalist who will talk about the natural diversity of Puerto Rico.

Day 3

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart in our private bus to the town of Cataño, to visit one of the largest wetlands in the metropolitan area of San Juan. The Ciénaga de las Cucharillas Natural Reserve is of great ecological importance as it not only serves as a pollutant filter for the island but it is also home to countless species of migratory and endemic waterfowl.

After the visit, we will rest while enjoying a group lunch at a local restaurant.

We will continue our route with a visit to the Afro-Puerto Rican community, a unique project that highlights the Afro-Boricua branch of the African diaspora.

Day 4

Overnight: San Juan

 

Breakfast at the hotel.  We will depart by bus to the central municipality of Morovis to visit the Cabachuelas Natural Reserve. A local expert will guide us through this cave landscape, and we will learn about the conservation and education efforts of the locals to preserve it. We will find evidence that pre-Columbian people already used these caves as shelter. We will continue to the municipalities of Vega Baja and Manatí to visit the Tortuguero Lagoon, remarkable for its natural maintenance due to the balance of fresh and saltwater mixtures. We will find marshes, endemic flora, as well as endangered species, siliceous sands and hummocks.

After a break for lunch, we will continue our route to Utuado, city where the Dos Bocas Lake of artificial water is located and is today a place of recreation for the Boricuas. Afterwards, free time to rest in the area. 

Day 5

Overnight: San Juan

Breakfast at the hotel. We will travel to the municipality of Adjuntas to visit an important community self-management project, Casa Pueblo. Since 1980 this community has been working with the objective of appreciating and protecting the natural, cultural and human resources. After this visit and a break for lunch, we will continue our route to Jayuya to discover the indigenous petroglyphs, a sample of their legacy. At this point there is a recreational area next to the river, perfect for a swim.

Day 6

Overnight: Vieques

 

Breakfast at the Hotel. We will transfer to the small town of Ceibas to hop on the ferry that will take us to the small island of Vieques, located east of Puerto Rico.

Upon arrival, we will visit the Wildlife Refuge and its community, considered one of the most ecologically diverse wildlife refuges in the Caribbean.  It contains habitats that include beaches, coastal lagoons, forested upland areas and mangrove wetlands. It is also home to endangered plants and animals, such as the West Indian manatee, the brown pelican and four species of sea turtles.

In the afternoon we will check in at the hotel and enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.

In the evening, we will experience the most exciting activity of the trip: a kayak tour of the Bioluminescent Bay.

Day 7

Overnight: Vieques

Breakfast at the Hotel, we will visit the famous Vieques breakwater, an area with abundant marine life, corals, reefs, diversity of fish, turtles and even crabs. Contemplate the vastness of the sea and the greenness of the Vieques mountains. We will continue our visit to the Girasol Fort where we will have time for lunch on your own. 

We will visit the fort, the last fort built by the Spaniards in America. It is located on top of a hill overlooking the town of Isabel, second in Vieques and the nearby cays. The fort was never completed and there are now houses, an art and history museum, as well as the Vieques historical archives and a radio station.

After the visits we will relax with free time at Playa Negra, a unique beach due to the color of its sand and its volcanic origin.

Day 10

Overnight: San Juan

 

Breakfast at the Hotel. We will take the ferry back to Ceiba and our hotel in San Juan. After lunch we will spend some time relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon, we will have free time to pack, explore or rest.

In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.

Day 11

Transfer to the airport at a designated time.

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Tour Inclusions

Tour Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $450.

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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Loiza

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.
Casa Pueblo

Day Trip to “Casa Pueblo”

Through this innovative sustainability project in Puerto Rico, you will discover the Casa Pueblo Community. Since 1980, this community has been working to value and protect natural, cultural and human resources.
Horse Riding

Horse Riding at a private ranch

Enjoy the lush surroundings of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a two-hour horseback route on a private ranch. Enjoy stunning views of the coastal plains and mountains and witness species in their natural habitat.
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.
Navigate Northern PR

Navigate Northern PR (Day trip)

This route will take us to the northern region of Puerto Rico, where we will navigate the towns of Arecibo, Vega Alta y Vega Baja. Our first stop will be the beautiful waterfalls of Río Tanama in Arecibo, where you will be immersed in nature at one of the island’s most striking waterfalls. This semi-adventure tour includes a short hike along the river to one of Puerto Rico’s hidden treasures: Playa Vega Baja in the scenic town of Vega Baja. This immense and remote beach is perfect for those wishing to rock-climb or just enjoy natural views, far from city crowds and other tourists. Last but not least, we will visit El Manantial de Tortuguero, a lovely natural pool surrounded by pristine, leafy landscapes and the songs of local bird species. This outing takes 5-6 hours, including travel time.
Snorkeling at Isla Culebra

Snorkeling at Isla Culebra

Explore the highlight of Isla culebra, Flamenco beach. It’s considered one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world and is a must-see for tourists visiting Puerto Rico. Known for its white sand and translucent, shallow waters, this beach is an ideal spot for children to try out snorkeling. Enjoy a day of snorkelling and kayaking on one of Culebra’s finest reefs.