Angel’s Puerto Rico, with Alexis

Highlights Include:

  • Touring San Juan, the countryside, and a rainforest
  • Helping to support the non-profit Visit Rico
  • Meeting Angel’s mom
  • Enjoying beach time
  • Experiencing local cuisine

 

Tour Details

$3,579 per person, including airfare | Single supplement $981

8 Days

January 19-26, 2019

So much is included in this tour price! You’ll only pay for a few meals, and luggage & seat fees for the flights. Check out all the tour inclusions below!

ESCAPE MINNESOTA THIS JANUARY!

Join Alexis and Angel on this very special trip to help bring tourism back to hurricane-recovering Puerto Rico. You’ll tour San Juan, the countryside and coast, visit the sites, some beaches, and Angel’s hometown! You’ll even meet his mom!

A highlight of this trip is supporting Visit Rico, a local non-profit established to strengthen the agricultural economy in Puerto Rico, which was expanded after Hurricane Maria to restore farms and devastated lands. We’ll visit a farm for a tour and description of their work from the farmer(s), and experience lunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Part of your tour payment will be a direct contribution to the farm and the Visit Rico organization so they can continue their mission.

Itinerary
This an exlusive trip for MyTalk 107.1 listeners - It will be hosted by Alexis and her husband Angel.

Saturday, January 19Minneapolis/St. Paul - San Juan, Puerto Rico | Meals: R

Depart Minneapolis/St. Paul on our non-stop Delta flight at 9:00 am. Arrival into San Juan International Airport at 4:13 pm. (Puerto Rico is in the Eastern time zone). We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. We’ll check-in and get settled, then the group will meet for a welcome reception. Overnight at AC by Marriott

Sunday, January 20Depart San Juan – Ponce | Meals: B

Breakfast at our hotel. By private coach with our local guide, we’ll journey through the history and evolution of the Puerto Rican identity on our tour in the city of Caguas. Caguas is located in the mountains about 1 hour south of San Juan, and is the location of three ethnic roots: Taíno, Spanish, and African, which are different from the ‘Spanish’ identity which is more closely identified with San Juan. We’ll experience Caguas’ atmosphere, as well as its history and places of interest including a visit to the Museum of Caguas History.

We’ll stop in Guavate for lunch in traditional Puerto Rican style (on our own), and then continue to the city of Ponce for our overnight. Explore the restaurant scene for dinner this evening on your own. Overnight at Ponce Plaza Hotel

Monday, January 21Tibes Ceremonial Center & Castillo Serralles | Meals: B D

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll continue to Tibes, the site of the oldest cemetery to ever be discovered in the Antilles. Over 186 individual skeletons dating back to 300 A.D. were uncovered at this burial site. It was just by chance that the cemetery was discovered in 1975 when a tropical storm uncovered bits of pottery and later, the intact remains of the village. We’ll see the Visitor’s Center and the archeological site, where many objects from the Taínos and Igneris Indians are on display.

Lunch on our own.

This afternoon, we’ll visit Serrallés Castle, originally the residence for the Serrallés family, owners of the world-famous rum distillery that produces Don Q Puerto Rican Rum. The sprawling estate is now one of Ponce’s most visited sites. The building, erected during the 1930’s, was designed by Puerto Rican architect Pedro Adolfo De Castro with Spanish and Arabic flourishes, using the Spanish Colonial Revival Style popularized in the United States at the time.

Our dinner tonight will include local specialties at a family-owned restaurant in Yauco. Continue to our hotel after dinner. Overnight at Copamarina Resort & Spa

Tuesday, January 22Visit Rico Experience/Farm to Table Lunch | Meals: B L

Breakfast at our hotel. This morning, we’ll drive to a local farm, not far from where we’re staying, where we’ll meet the farmers, tour the farm and learn about its history, and how it operates today. We’ll enjoy lunch prepared onsite using some of the farm’s own fresh ingredients.

Visit Rico
Visit Rico is a local non-profit established to strengthen the agricultural economy in Puerto Rico, which was expanded after Hurricane Maria to restore farms and devastated lands. While in Puerto Rico, we’ll visit a farm and experience a lunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Part of your tour payment will be a direct contribution to Visit Rico.

This afternoon, we’ll stop in the former fishing village of La Parguera in Lajas. La Parguera has been re-invented, and is now a vacation destination with a boardwalk featuring hotels, restaurants, bars, and of course, shopping. Dinner on own in La Parguera. Overnight at Copamarina Resort & Spa

Wednesday, January 23Beach Time | Meals: B D

Breakfast at our hotel. Today is at leisure to relax and enjoy our resort’s amenities, the ocean, beach, and water activities.

This morning, we’ll have an opportunity to visit Gilligan’s Island, a small Mangrove island reserve named after the popular TV show. It’s managed by the Department of Natural Resources of Puerto Rico and is located off the coast near our resort. The group has exclusive use of the resort’s boat this morning.

The resort offers: use of bikes, a fitness center, beach volleyball, a variety of water activities, spa treatments, snorkeling, two swimming pools, a white sand beach, two restaurants, tennis court, and equipment for rent.

Our group will receive 15% off spa treatments and water activities!
See the complete listing of activities at the end of this itinerary.

Beach BBQ this evening! Overnight at Copamarina Resort & Spa

Thursday, January 24El Yunque Rainforest Tour | Meals: B BL

Depart after breakfast and drive northward. We’ll discover the exotic vegetation of El Yunque, the only Tropical Rainforest in the U. S. National Park System. It features over 240 species of plants and wildlife, waterfalls, streams, and trails leading to enticing locations. The Rain Forest is a Nature Lover’s Paradise! We’ll visit the El Portalito Welcome Center, La Coca Fall, and Yokahu Tower. An easy trail walk through Angelito’s Trail will take us to a natural pool in the Mameyes River. Wear your swimsuit – there will be time to relax in the river!

Continue to San Juan. Explore the Condado neighborhood’s restaurants for dinner on your own tonight! Overnight at AC by Marriott

Friday, January 25Old San Juan & Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour | Meals: B D

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. This morning, we’ll explore Old San Juan on our walking tour, which is an excellent way to discover 500 years of fascinating history. Our first stop will be the impressive San Cristobal Fortress, which in colonial times protected the island from enemy attacks. We’ll continue down the promontory of the Old City. Walk the blue, grayish cobblestone streets and feel the magic of the San Francisco Church, Plaza de Armas, and San Juan City Hall, La Rogativa, La Fortaleza, San Juan Gate, and The San Juan Cathedral among other fascinating monuments. There will be time for lunch on our own and some shopping.

We’ll transfer from Old San Juan to Bacardi Distillery, the largest rum distillery in the world. We’ll learn about the process of distillation of rum and the history of the Bacardi family from Cuba to their exile in Puerto Rico. You will also learn how to prepare a couple of the most popular rum drinks, such as Cuba Libre and Mojito, and of course, enjoy some samples!

Return to hotel. Farewell dinner this evening. Overnight at AC by Marriott

Saturday, January 26Depart San Juan - Minneapolis/St. Paul | Meals: B

We have breakfast at the hotel, then the morning at leisure. Visit the nearby beach, or return to Old San Juan on your own for some last-minute shopping.

We’ll transfer to the airport in the early afternoon. Depart on our non-stop Delta flight at 5:10 pm, arriving Minneapolis/St. Paul at 9:10 pm.

Complete list of optional activities for Wednesday at Copamarina Resort & Spa are listed below.
Tour Price Includes:
  • Roundtrip, economy class airfare on Delta Airlines, including government-imposed taxes and fees
  • Breakfast daily, one lunch, one boxed lunch pack, three dinners, and a welcome reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres. Indicated by B, L, BL, D, R in the itinerary
  • Seven nights’ accommodation at specified hotels in standard double room with private bathroom, and air conditioning
  • Transportation by private coach from arrival to departure
  • Services of English-speaking guides throughout itinerary, and while touring sights.
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary
  • Entrances to the Museum of Caguas History Tibes Ceremonial Center, Castillo Serralles, El Yunque Rainforest, San Cristobal Fortress, Bacardi Distillery, and roundtrip boat transportation to Gilligan’s Island
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Tax-deductible contribution of $100 to Visit Rico
  • Hosts Alexis Thompson and Angel Toro
  • Pre-departure meeting and travel documents
  • Services of a Borton Overseas staff member throughout itinerary
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, luggage fees
  • Travel insurance (Basic insurance including Emergency Medical treatment, Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation, and AD & D is required.)
  • Meals not specified
  • Beverages not included with meals
  • Sightseeing and activities not specified
  • Tips to hotel staff
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional activities at Copamarina Resort & Spa January 23:
Spa treatments:

Advance booking required, please see booking form; payment directly to resort.

30 minute massages:
  • Reflexology – From stress points on your feet. | $60
  • Back & Neck – Relieves tension in back area. | $75
50 minute massages:
  • Swedish – Full body.  | $90
  • Full back/body – Includes leg & feet. | $90
  • Aromatherapy – Natural oils used. | $105
  • Deep Tissue – Moderate to deep pressure, all areas. | $115
  • Harmony – Back exfoliation & head to toe massage. | $120
  • Beachfront | $140
  • Stone – Full body w/heated rocks.| $150
  • Each 30 min in additional time on any massage. | $50
Spa Packages:
  • It’s Me Time – 50 min. Aromatherapy massage, Manicure & pedicure. | $165
  • My Copa Moment – 50 min. Aromatherapy massage, manicure, Hydra facial. | $235
  • Copamarina Experience – 50 min. Aromatherapy massage, manicure, pedicure, Hydra facial. | $245
Manicure & Pedicure:
  • Spa Manicure | $30
  • Spa Pedicure | $45
Afternoon snorkeling trip to the reef:

Advance booking required; payment directly to resort.
Possible to see tropical fish, rays, lobster, and nurse shark.
2 hours including all equipment and instruction. | $55

Water Activities:

First come, first served; payment directly to resort.

  • Single Kayak –
    1 hour $15 | 2 hours $20 | 3 hours $30
  • Double Kayak –
    1 hour $20 | 2 hours $30 | 3 hours $40
  • Paddleboard –
    1 hour $20 | 2 hours $35 | 3 hours $50
  • Pedal Boat –
    1 hour $20 | 2 hours $30 | 3 hours $40
  • Hobie Cat –
    1 hour $35 | 2 hours $60 | 3 hours $80
Beach Chair: $10, all day.

Prices do not include tax.

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