Puerto Rico in June/July 2019
What your tour will look like!
Overnight flight to San Juan
Walking tour in San Juan, visit:
* Fort San Geronimo
* Fort del Escambrón
* El Capitolio
Late afternoon: explanation on the volunteer projects.
* Explanation about project
* Hands-on experience
* Working with locals
La Placita de Santurce.
Photo challenge on Culture.
Guided tour in San Juan, visit:
* Fort San Cristóbal
* Castle san Felipe del Morro
* City walls
* Fort San Juan de la Cruz
* Casa Blanca museum
* The San Juan Gate
* La Fortaleza
* El Paseo de la Princesa
* Explanation about project
* Hands-on experience
* Working with locals
Workshop on leadership
Day at the beach
Leave 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 in the evening. 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!
This morning your flight will arrive at San Juan international Airport. Your Tour Manager will take you to your hotel to drop of your luggage and will get you some breakfast. After breakfast, your Tour Manager will take you on a walking tour to the fort of San Geronimo, fort del Escambrón and el capitolio. You will also get your first glimpse of the beach. In between there is time for lunch. On the way back to the hotel, you will have dinner, after which there will be a short explanation of the different volunteer projects you will be working on the coming 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 Sandturce, 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 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 after which your Tour Manager will take you back to the hotel.
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 an engaging workshop on leadership. Then it is time for dinner and a relaxed evening at the hotel.
This morning after breakfast, it is time to pack your bags. But don’t worry, there will still be time to relax for most of the day at the beach where you will have a picnic lunch. After that, 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. Attend the info session. We want you to be informed and updated on your tour.
3. 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.
4. Pack your bags! we will see you on the road soon!
Other costs to keep in mind
2 forms of ID (Passport/ID card/School ID/Medical card etc)
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