In the wake of the recent earthquakes that have affected southern Puerto Rico, the island continues to welcome travelers with open arms. The cities and towns we’ll visit over the course of this trip are in the north, have not been affected, and are safe to visit. Travel offers an opportunity to put money directly into the economy, strengthen the tourism industry, and empower local organizers and entrepreneurs. This hyperlocal, five-day trip has been designed to ensure that 85% of all costs go toward supporting local businesses. Atlas Obscura will additionally donate 15% of profits to ConPRmetidos, an organization dedicated to building a stable, self-sufficient Puerto Rico. Tourism is only one way to support Puerto Rico; consider contributing to ConPRmetidos regardless of your travel plans.
Alongside local artists, creators, and innovators, we’ll delve into the island’s centuries-old dance traditions, ever-evolving art scene, rich and dynamic cuisine, and cutting-edge sustainable architecture. Making our way from the bustling capital city to historic Loíza and into the mountains of Las Marías, we’ll learn Bomba from a local dance troupe, tour an artistic community alongside its creator, and meet innovative builders of Earthships—getting the rare opportunity to see this extraordinary island through the eyes of the people shaping it.
In order to create this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Local Guest, a women-powered travel company dedicated to co-creating authentic tourism experiences by working hand in hand with local communities and entrepreneurs to build a new tourism ecosystem based on sustainable development practices.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in San Juan on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in San Juan by 2 p.m. on that day, so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in time for dinner. Our guides will be leading an optional afternoon tour of the MACPR and the MADMi on Day 1, so those hoping to join should plan to arrive before noon. Our trip concludes in the afternoon on Day 5. If leaving Puerto Rico by air directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that evening. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the duration of each day, climbing stairs and remaining on their feet for long periods of time.
As San Juan has a wealth of wonderful, locally owned places to stay, the first two nights of accommodations will not be included in the cost of this trip. You’re welcome to secure your own lodging for our two nights in San Juan, or we can place you in a room at the intimate, local Casa Blanca Hotel, for a supplement of $300 per traveler for double occupancy accommodations, or $500 per traveler for single accommodations.
For the two nights in San Sebastián, we’ll all be staying together in Hacienda El Jibarito, and this lodging is included in the price of your trip. If you have any questions about accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A tropical Caribbean island, Puerto Rico is hot and humid for the greater part of the year, with frequent (but fleeting) rain and thunderstorms.
Most dietary restrictions and allergies can be accommodated. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Your participation in this trip helps support artists, farmers, and local makers in their commitment to sustainable living. 85% of this trip's costs will go directly into community projects and local entrepreneurship, and support parts of Puerto Rico often excluded from traditional tourism. This will help these regions begin to reconstruct after the hurricanes. To increase your impact, you can share the stories of these communities' projects with family and friends—or, if you'd like, consider purchasing art during the trip.