2022 Summer Meeting Tours

*May be subject to change*

Tuesday, July 19
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

El Yunque National Forest*

*Tour full, you will be added to the waitlist

Visit the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service! With an average rainfall of 120 inches a year, El Yunque has a very diverse ecosystem, hosting hundreds of unique plant and animal species, including Puerto Rico’s famous coquí frog. On this tour, travel about 45 minutes east of San Juan to El Yunque’s El Portal Visitor Center to learn more about this unique ecosystem, then explore El Yunque and the plants and animals that call it home on a guided walk. Tour includes two one-hour enjoyable walks in El Portal and Palo Colorado as well as the chance to rest and take in the views of El Yunque. The El Portal walk includes a gradual incline walk and the opportunity to see examples of Puerto Rico’s flora + fauna and biodiversity. The Palo Colorado walk is at a higher elevation guided by Para La Naturaleza and this walk will include different forest types and historic sites. This tour will also include 3D terrain maps, Live Puerto Rican Parrots, the main forest gift shop, The El Yunque movie, various art exhibit installation, cultural and historic exhibits, and an entire pavilion of biodiversity + forest-specific exhibits.  El Yunque awaits you!

Lunch is included. Wear comfortable shoes, clothing, and sun protection for walking outside. Daily showers occur in El Yunque, so rain gear is also advised.

Conservation from the Coast to the Mountains*

*Tour full, you will be added to the waitlist

Tour to the center of the island. After driving a short distance on the highway from San Juan to Coamo, you will start to see drastic changes in topograhy and ecologic communities. From Coamo, the group will begin traveling up through the mountains on Puerto Rico’s scenic Ruta Panoramica (“panoramic route”). It takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to Caribe Soil Conservation District board member Milly González’s farm, where attendees will take in a breathtaking view, experience an 18-acre forest under conservation bursting with fruit trees and wildlife, and learn about a well-planned apiary with 8 beehives. Staff will conduct trips to the beehives, as well as among pathways within the forests to learn about soil conservation and protecting pollinators. For those who wish to hike, very deep in the woods, lives Elena, a 300-year-old Ceiba tree that it is well worth the walk to take a picture among her roots.

In the afternoon, after lunch on the farm, travel with Distrito Caribe’s staff to several farms on the coast in Santa Isabel, where Distrito Caribe has been sponsoring an irrigation project to  enhance water supply for the south aquifer. This important project supplies water for local vegetable farmers, who have been resilient in the face of catastrophic events such as climate change, historic hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemic, and lack of water.

Lunch is included. Wear comfortable shoes, clothing, and sun protection for walking outside.

Hacienda la Esperanza*

*Tour full, you will be added to the waitlist

Join Para La Naturaleza for a guided trip to the Hacienda la Esperanza, located in Manatí, about a 50 minute drive west of San Juan on the northern shore of Puerto Rico. Hacienda la Esperanza is a 19th century sugar cane hacienda with the only sugar mill steam engine of its kind in existence completely restored to operating condition. The Hacienda is located in the karst region of Puerto Rico and includes a diverse environment that incorporates farming while safeguarding wetlands, grasslands, mangroves, and a crystal-clear estuary.

Tour attendees will be treated to a welcome presentation upon arrival, a tour, lunch, and an environmental project before departing back to San Juan.

Lunch included. Wear comfortable shoes, clothing, and sun protection for walking outside.

Looking for more ways to explore San Juan? Check out Discover Puerto Rico’s additional selection of tours and experiences available on their website.

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