Total tour distance: 275 miles
Daily tour distance: 30 miles
Difficulty: 50 / 100
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is characterized by a mist-shrouded interior mountain range, long stretches of sand beaches, and numerous forest reserves, including El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. The route we’ll follow focuses on coastal towns and the regions encircling the central highlands, with side excursions to interior sites and small neighboring islands.
Our tropical adventure begins and ends in San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, founded in 1519 by the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. On the first day, we’ll have the opportunity to travel back 500 years to Spanish colonial times by strolling down cobblestone streets, admiring ancient architecture and visiting various museums, fortresses, and churches. San Juan is also the island’s hot spot for nightlife and shopping.
We’ll get out of town on Day Two, launching a 10-day exploration of the ecologically and culturally diverse coastal regions.