Creole Flavors from Garden to Table: A Taste of Puerto Rico

Dive deep into Afro-Caribbean culture at Loíza Aldea, enjoy a demonstration of Bomba y Plena traditional dance and music, and relax on the beautiful Piñones beach. Enjoy cooking the traditional dish of Mofongo in a hands-on cooking class. Become an authentic “Puerto Rican” and taste the flavors of Santurce at Lote 23, a gastronomic oasis in the heart of San Juan.
San Juan Street
Mofongo
Santurce, Puerto Rico

Your Tour:

7 nights

8 days

14 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

San Juan Street
Mofongo
Santurce, Puerto Rico
If you like to eat and enjoy trying new flavors, then you don’t want to miss this experience! Discover the Creole gastronomy, learn all about the influence of cuisine on Puerto Rican culture and of course, learn how to prepare the authentic “Mofongo”. You will discover the country through its colors and flavors; without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience.

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
Old San Juan walking tour and San Cristóbal Castle (B, L)
Day 2
Day 3
Lecture: Local food revolution in Puerto Rico after María Hurricane, Food Tour: Food of Flavours (B,L)
Day 3
Day 4
Day trip to Loíza Aldea, Bomba y Plena performance and Piñones Beach (B, L)
Day 4
Day 5
Visit Hunger Corp. and Cultiva Project and Food tour: Lote 23 (B, D)
Day 5
Day 6
Lecture: The Market of Food Trucks in Puerto Rico, and Hands-on Cooking Workshop (B, L)
Day 6
Day 7
Day trip to El Yunque National Rainforest, Luquillo beach and kayak at the Bio Bay of Fajardo (B, D)
Day 7
Day 11
End of program (B)
Day 11

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

After breakfast, 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, ending with the visit to the San Cristobal Fort, the largest fortress built in the New World, where students will have a guided tour of the castle. Before leaving the area, we will stop to enjoy a group lunch together. At the end of the trip, you’ll have the opportunity to return to the hotel or if you wish, explore the area on your own. 

Day 3

Overnight: San Juan

We will set out with a local expert for a lecture on the local food revolution after the María Hurricane in Puerto Rico, and we’ll learn about the evident need of Puerto Rican agricultural sovereignty. Then, we will depart to Santurce and La Placita Anchored by La Plaza del Mercado de Santurce. The surrounding neighborhood is filled with restaurants, bars and live music in every corner.  The group will explore the authentic flavors of the island while learning about Puerto Rican cuisine. After this experience, you’ll have free time to explore on your own.

Day 4

Overnight: San Juan

 After breakfast, we will depart from the hotel by private bus for the Afro-Caribbean Community of Loíza Aldea, where we will enjoy an authentic performance of Bomba y Plena music and dance. After this beautiful demonstration, we will explore the kioskos at Piñones gorgeous beach, a traditional place to have lunch and where we will be able to relax. In the late afternoon, we will return to San Juan.

Day 5

Overnight: San Juan

After breakfast, we will depart by private bus to the Hunger Corp and the project Cultiva, a volunteer initiative in support of Puerto Rico’s agriculture. We will learn about the work and their goals, and we’ll visit a farm that was affected by Hurricane Maria. After this, we will return to San Juan where you’ll have free time to have lunch on your own and explore the area until the afternoon. We will meet again to visit and have dinner together at Lote 23, a vibrant gastronomic oasis located in San Juan’s art and music district known as Santurce.  Open since early December 2016, Lote 23 features 14 food kioskos and 2 Airstream trailers, each offering visitors a unique culinary experience. This outside space, which was once an empty lot, has been transformed into a colorful outdoor food and entertainment space that includes 4 terraces and a stage.

Day 6

Overnight: San Juan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet with a local expert for a lecture about the Market Food Truck in Puerto Rico. 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! An experience that you can’t miss. You’ll have a free afternoon to relax or explore the city on your own.

Day 7

Overnight: San Juan

 

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. In the late afternoon we will depart to Fajardo, a nearby town, to enjoy a delicious farewell dinner and 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 8

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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cooking class

Hands-On Cooking Mofongo Class

Learn to prepare the island’s most traditional Creole dish, Mofongo. Our expert will teach us step by step the elaboration of this treat and once finished, we will try our creation.
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.
Craft Beer Adventure

Craft Beer Adventure

Puerto Rico is home to an emerging artisan beer scene. We will visit two establishments where you will sample a variety of beers.
Ron el Barrilito

Ron del Barrilito Rum Factory

Since 1880, Ron del Barrilito has been made in the same way at Hacienda Santa Ana in Bayamón. This tour will take you back in time to show you how the world’s finest sipping rum has been made through the years. You’ll see the Hacienda’s several historical landmarks, including a beautifully preserved mansion and windmill dating back to the early nineteenth century. You’ll learn about the Fernández family, creators of Ron del Barrilito. And, last but not least, you’ll get an in-depth walkthrough along the age-old process that makes Ron del Barrilito one of a kind.
workshop cocteles

Cocktail-making Workshop: Piña Colada, Mojito, Coquito and more

Learn to make well-known Puerto Rican cocktails including piña coladas, mojitos and coquitos. The visit includes a one-hour workshop, drinks and a certificate of participation. Gain cocktail-making expertise with the pros.