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Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a double basis.
Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline.
All breakfasts. All dinners.
English-speaking tour escort throughout. Special arrangements as noted.
Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.
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Guided Walking Tour of Old San Juan: El Morro Fortress, Church of San José, San Juan Cathedral, Fort San Cristóbal, Round-trip transfers
Unscheduled day planned with your tour escort
Excursion to El Yunque Rainforest and Luquillo Beach: El Portal Rainforest Center
Optional Excursion to the Arecibo Observatory and the Camuy Caves: Arecibo Observatory Visitor Center
The day you've been waiting for! The flight is short aboard your wide-bodied jet. Relax with all the amenities of scheduled service, and soon land at San Juan International Airport. The warm breeze spells tropics.
Settle into your centrally-located hotel before rushing to the beach or heading downtown.
This is the land the native Taínos called "Borinquen," and the early explorers "The Isle of Enchantment." Seize the chance to discover why as you embrace in one glance the 21st-century resort and the 1521 Spanish settlement.
Enjoy a guided walking tour in Old San Juan, where you'll discover a lovingly preserved historical district, protected on both ends of a narrow stretch of land by the fort of El Morro and the Castillo de San Cristóbal.
There are spectacular views from the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a fort begun in the 1530s to guard access to San Juan Bay. Stones gathered from ancient Taíno ceremonial centers were used to built its walls, up to 18 feet thick.
Visit the Iglesia de San José, which was founded by the Dominicans in 1532. The second oldest church in the New World, it stands as a Gothic gem from of the Old World, but is currently on the list of the Most Endangered Historic Places.
Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which is the second oldest cathedral on the American continents, and the resting place of the explorer Juan Ponce de León.
The Castillo San Cristóbal, built in the 17th century, is the largest fortified complex erected by the Spaniards in the New World. Visitors can see the spot where the first shots of the Spanish-American War were fired in 1898, as well as the Garita del Diablo, a sentry box from which, according to local lore, the devil would snatch away soldiers on night guard duty.
Plan this unscheduled day with your tour escort.
Consider a visit to the Museo de Las Américas, which focuses on the cultures and the history of the American continent, from Alaska to Patagonia.
You may want to make plans for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing or deep-sea fishing (record-size marlins abound); all are popular activities available in the vicinity of San Juan.
Travel to the U.S. National Forest system's only rainforest, El Yunque, located on the eastern side of the island. Showers may be frequent but they are brief. The park's 28,000 acres harbor 240 indigenous species of trees, giant ferns, vines and orchids. Visitors are sure to see hundreds of tropical birds and hear the peeping of the ubiquitous national symbol, a tiny, green tree frog called el coquí.
Visit the El Portal Rainforest Center to view its exhibits and learn about the forest's history and topography, as well as its animal and plant life.
A long crescent of warm sand shaded by coconut groves and a pristine lagoon protected by coral reefs make up Puerto Rico's most popular beach. Enjoy Playa Luquillo's Caribbean flavor while snacking on some empañadillas or sipping fresh coconut milk!
Plan your free time or consider an optional excursion.
Travel to one of Puerto Rico's oldest towns, Arecibo, which was settled in 1556. In the vicinity stands the world's largest single-aperture radio telescope. Its dish, with a surface of 18 acres, sits in an ancient sinkhole, providing both an "ear to the heavens" (and to potential extraterrestrial intelligence) and a protected environment where ferns, wild orchids and begonias shelter mongooses, lizards and frogs.
A visit is included to the Angel Ramos Visitor Center to view the Arecibo Radio Telescope from its observation platform and to see exhibits and audio-visual displays.
Head to the southeastern corner of the Camuy municipality to visit the Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy. The world's third-longest underground river flows there through deep limestone caverns, and within a chasm filled with tropical flora and fauna.
¡Hasta la vista, Puerto Rico!... Board your jet and arrive stateside later in the day, ready to share your discoveries with family and friends.
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