Secrets of Puerto Rico: The Taino Route

Experience the cultural offerings of old San Juan and stroll its emblematic streets with monuments such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Visit the city of Ponce in the southern part of the island and enjoy the unique beauty of a bioluminescent bay, La Parguera. Enjoy the idyllic beaches of the north, including singular morphologies la Poza de las Mujeres in Manatí.
San Jose Street in Old San Juan
Mar Chiquita
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Your Tour:

8 nights

9 days

5 (+1) meals

Up to 3 miles / day

Tour overview

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Mysterious and magical, the eastern region of Puerto Rico is full of surprising landscapes. Escape from the noise of daily life on this unique 9-day route through natural and cultural settings. Discover the lesser-known side of Puerto Rico!

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
Arrival in San Juan, Orientation and Welcome Dinner (C)
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Day 2
San Juan,Castillo San Felipe del Morro y Conferencia sobre Nación Puertorriqueña (D)
Day 2
Day 3
Visit to Mayagüez, Laguna Tortuguero in Vega Baja, Playa de Mar Chiquita and Poza de las Mujeres (D, A)
Day 3
Day 4
Yagëz, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaría and Museo Hostos (D, A)
Day 4
Day 5
Excursion to Aguadilla, Macromural, Pirámide de Aguada and Cara del Indio en Isabela (D)
Day 5
Day 6
Travel to Ponce, Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre in Cabo Rojo, Playa Rosita (D, A)
Day 6
Day 7
City of Ponce, Castillo Serrallés, Hacienda Cafetera de Buena Vista, Parque Bombas, Kayak in the bioluminescent bay of Parguera (D)
Day 7
Day 8
Travel to San Juan, Farewell dinner (D, C)
Day 8
Day 9
End of Program (B)
Day 9

Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight stay: San Juan

After being welcomed by the group leader, we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and possible questions. Following this orientation, we will explore the vicinity of the hotel. At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2

Overnight stay: San Juan

Breakfast at the hotel. A private bus will then take us to  old San Juan, the city center, where our local expert will guide us around the highlights of the city. We will conclude our route at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Castillo San Felipe del Morro,, a testimony to Puerto Rican history and the most emblematic place on the island.

After a lunch break, we will attend a talk by a historian on Puerto Rican history and identity.

Day 3

Overnight stay: Mayagüez

Breakfast at the hotel. Our private bus will take us to  the city of Mayagüez. On the way, we will stop at La Laguna de Tortuguero, between the towns of  Vega Baja and Manatí. It has been uniquely preserved due to its balance of  fresh and salt water, and includes swamps, endemic flora, endangered species, silica sand and mogotes. We will then continue on to Playa de Mar Chiquita, a lovely natural pool. The intense turquoise waters of the Atlantic bathe its limestone formations, creating an exceptional landscape. We will have a snack lunch at the beach, which includes many stands offering typical Puerto Rican food.

Following the break, we will visit Poza de Las Mujeres, another beach of singular beauty protected by a natural breakwater. 

We will then travel to Mayagüez and check into the hotel.

Day 4

Overnight stay: Mayagüez

Breakfast at the hotel.  We will discover the picturesque city of Mayagüez. On our walking tour through its tranquil streets, we will stroll  the religious pilgrimage route of Porta del Sol Sagrado as well as Parque El Litoral Shorty Castro. During the tour, we will stop at the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, a church which was reconstructed after suffering a fire in 1841 and a seaquake in 1918. We will then see the inside of Teatro Yagüez, opened in 1909 as a silent cinema. Its characteristic baroque style gained it the official title of historic architectural monument in 1976. Currently, the theater hosts concerts, locally produced plays, ballet shows and other events. 

We will then have a delicious lunch together at a local restaurant.

Our cultural route will continue to  museo Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican philosopher known as “El ciudadano de América”,  who championed the independence of Puerto Rico, the unity of the Greater Antilles and of Latin America. He was the precursor of sociology in America.

Day 5

Overnight stay: Mayagüez 

Breakfast at the hotel. We will leave for the town of Aguadilla, rich in local traditions and natural beauty and especially notable for its beaches. We will make a stop at the Macromural, a mosaic created by the architect Samuel González and composed of 10 intermixed tones. 15 murals by different artists compose the main work, which features themes of fishing, the sea and other coastal elements. 

Our next stop is Pirámide Aguada, a curious monument shaped like a Mayan pyramid. Nelson Ruiz constructed this work  in the garden of his home in order to hold his ashes and those of his wife after their deaths.

Following a break in which we have lunch on our own, our route will continue to the Cara del Indio monument. Located in the township of Isabela, this sculpture hides among the rocks and vegetation. It represents Chief Mabodamaca, a Taíno leader who fought to protect his people from the Spanish conquistadors. 

We will then return to Mayagüez.

Day 6

Overnight stay: Ponce 

Breakfast at the hotel.  After leaving the hotel, we will set out for Ponce. Our first stop is Cabo Rojo, where we will visit the Centro Nacional de Vida Silvestre, wildlife refuge for several endangered local birds including the well-known “Mariquita.” In the town of Parguera, we will visit Playa Rosita, within the Parguera wildlife preserve, and have lunch beside its natural pools.

Following the lunch break, we will continue toward Ponce, where we will check in at the hotel.

Day 7

Overnight stay: Ponce

Breakfast at the Hotel.  We will take a guided tour of Ponce,  nicknamed “La Perla del Sur,” Puerto Rico’s second largest city after San Juan.  Our route will take us to highlights of the city such as Fuente de los Leones and Plaza de Las Delicias. We will stop at Castillo de Serrallés, a palace turned museum on the sugar industry and its impact on the Puerto Rican economy. We will continue on to  Ponce and pass Parque Bombas, a striking red and black building that housed the first fire station in Puerto Rico, included in the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 1984.

Following a break where we will all have lunch on our own, we will visit Hacienda Buena Vista, a historic center of the coffee industry, which   contains restored structures more than a century old and a one-of-a-kind hydraulic turbine. Set in motion by the course of  the Río Canas, the mill continues to function as a motor for other equipment from the era.

After dinner on our own, we will experience the most spectacular moment of the trip: a kayak excursion in the bioluminescent bay of Pargueras.

Day 8

Overnight stay: San Juan 

Breakfast at the hotel. Return to San Juan and last chance to enjoy the city, with free time to pack, relax and explore.

Farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the airport at the time indicated.

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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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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.