Puerto Rico in January 2020
A five-day all inclusive adventure. Travel to a new corner of the world to explore, discover, and inspire the world and the people in it. Skip being just a tourist, become a traveler - become a true citizen of the world.
Never pay all at once. Flexible payment options available.
What your tour will look like!
Flight to San Juan
Meet your Tour Manager
Walk around in San Juan
Guided tour in San Juan, visit
Fort San Cristóbal
Castle san Felipe del Morro
Fort San Juan de la Cruz
Casa Blanca museum
The San Juan Gate
El Paseo de la Princesa
Evening: explanation on the volunteer
Explanation about project
Working with locals
La Placita de Santurce
Photo challenge on Culture
Explanation about project
Working with locals
Free afternoon at the beach
Depart for home
About your tour country
Capital: San Juan
Area: 77 square miles
Country: Puerto Rico
Area: 3,515 square miles
Language: Spanish, English
Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
Time zone: UTC−4 (Atlantic)
Country dialling code: +1 -787, +1 -939
Emergency number: 911
San Juan is the capital and most densely populated municipality of Puerto Rico. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonialists in 1521, who called it ‘Ciudad de Puerto Rico’, which means the ‘city of the rich port’. It is the third oldest city founded by European emperors, after Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and Panama City in Panama.
The Spanish Empire used the city of San Juan as a stop-over upon arrival to the Americas. Fortifications were built to protect the transportation of gold and silver to Europe. Because of the high value cargo’s, San Juan has been under attack by various other European empires in the past.
Following the Spanish-American war, Puerto Rico became part of the United States in 1898 under the Treaty of Paris. It was not until 1917 that Puerto Ricans officially became citizens of the United States.
The Spanish and other foreign influences can be found in the architecture of the old part of San Juan. The beautiful colorful colonial buildings combined with the clear blue sea create a very colorful panorama. San Juan and Puerto Rico as a whole has a pretty warm climate. There is not a lot of difference between winter and summer, with an overall average daily mean of 81 degrees.
The food in Puerto Rico mainly has its roots in Spain. But also African and native Tíanos influences can be found. More recently, influences from the United States can also be found back in the culinary traditions in Puerto Rico.
what to expect Day to Day
You will meet your Venture Road contact person at Denver International Airport. Your contact person will assist you with the check in of your student’s luggage. After that, the contact person will escort you to the security check, after which you will take your student to the gate and board the airplane. Have a safe flight! When you arrive at the San José Airport, your Tour Manager will be waiting for you to pick you up at the airport. Your Tour Manager will take you to the hotel, after which you will go on a walking tour through San Juan and get a first glimpse of the ocean! You will end the day with a nice dinner, after which it is relaxing time.
After breakfast, your Tour Manager will take you to the starting point of your guided tour through old San Juan. You will visit many historical landmarks such as Fort San Cristóbal, Castle san Felipe Del Morro, the City walls and Fort San Juan de la Cruz. Walking around for a while makes people hungry, so after this part of the tour it is time for lunch! When lunch is done, you will go to the museum in Casa Blanca. This is the oldest house in Puerto Rico, built by the colonial powers. After the museum you will continue on your walk to see the San Juan Gate, La Fortaleza and El Paseo de la Princesa. After a day full of walking, it is time for dinner and an explanation on the different volunteer projects the students will be working on the next couple days.
After breakfast your Tour Manager will take you to the volunteer site. Here, you and your students will be welcomed by the organization. They will be given a short welcome and explanation on the organization, the project and the work that the group will be doing that day. After some hard work, it will be time for lunch at the volunteer site. After this, your Tour Manager will take you to La Placita de Santurce, a Historical Landmark housing a local farmers market. Here, we will also do a photo challenge on culture. Afterwards, your Tour Manager will take you out for dinner, and take you back to the hotel after this.
After breakfast your Tour Manager will take you to the volunteer site of today. Here, you and your students will again be welcomed by the organization. They will be given a short welcome and explanation on the organization, the project and the work that the group will be doing that day. After some hard work, it will be time for lunch at the volunteer site. After this, it is time for some free time to relax. Your Tour Manager will take you to the beach where you are able to spend the entire afternoon. After this, your Tour Manager will take you to dinner after which you will be taken back to the hotel. There it is time for back- packing and enjoying the last evening.
Time flies when having fun: it is time to go home! Your Tour Manager will take you to the airport, help you with check in and drop you off at security. After your flight, your Denver contact person will be there to receive you.
EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED!
Meals: Three meals per day and snacks in between.
Travels: We will take you to your tour country, back home AND provide you with transportation while you are there!
Travel Insurance: We cover the basics and make sure that if something happens to you or your stuff, you're covered.
Lodging: We arrange great hotels for the group so that they are safe and comfortable.
Activities: Everything that Venture Road plans is included in the price!
Workshops: Personal and professional workshops take this experience to a new level by challenging travelers to think about the world around them.
How it works
1. Register yourself or student. Simply click on the link above entitled “Register For The Trip” and follow the instructions on the signup page.
2. Create a payment plan. We will never tell you how and when to pay. Our program is flexible for you to make payments as you see fit.
3. Attend the info session. We want you to be informed and updated on your tour.
4. Stay in the loop. We will send information out via email. So make sure you provide the correct email and check in regularly to insure that you have all of the right information.
5. Pack your bags! we will see you on the road soon!
Other costs to keep in mind
Personal care items (PLEASE bring deodorant)
Any appropriate vaccinations
Your own snacks (if you don't like ours)
Suggested Packing List
Lightweight clothing that can be layered
Sweaters or fleece jacket
T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
Pants and/or shorts
Socks – wool socks are best for hiking
Comfortable walking shoes
Rain jacket, windbreaker or umbrella
Sunglasses and glasses case
Dresses and/or skirts
Hat or sun visor
Scarf or bandana
Swimsuit or swim trunks
Cell phone and charger
Travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs
Electric converters and adapters (if applicable)
Travel apps that will help with language, directions, and money conversion