San of a Beach: Ruckus in ’Rico

Trip Region: United States
Country(ies): USA (Puerto Rico)
Partners Trek? Yes
Cost: $1998
Airfare Estimate: $400
Structure: 2   •   Lodging: 3   •   Nightlife: 3   •   Activity: 3

Are you and your significant other ready for our ten-day pre-Ross training session? We will cover everything you need to know before the two best years of your life begin: we will get you ready for The Bus with practice drinking on the beach, and get you ready for operations class through some hands-on analysis of the Bacardi factory. You should be ready for some or all of the following: competitive rounds of the newlywed game (marriage not required), learning killer dance moves from Paula, kayaking in bio-luminescent waters, zip-lining through the rain forest, and the unexpected.

Si Claro, Baby.

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 20

Travel to San Juan. While you’re waiting for your new friends to arrive, take a walk and soak in the colonial architecture of Old San Juan. Or take a nap. No judgment -- you’ll need your energy for the week to come. We’ll all join up for dinner and see why San Juan is dubbed the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.”

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 21

Today’s our day for a crash course in Puerto Rican culture and history. In the morning, we’ll tour “El Morro,” the iconic 16th century fortress and World Heritage Site. Then, we’ll stroll over to Calle del Cristo to take in the charm of Old San Juan. Finally, we’ll dance on into the night with some salsa lessons.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 22

We’ll switch gears today and head for El Yunque National Forest. Buckle up for a nine-hour ziplining adventure through the forest canopy, including a gut-wrenching ride on the world’s longest zipline.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 23

We’ll enjoy a rum tasting tour of Bacardi’s distillery, which includes “access to the Cathedral of Rum.” Salvation never tasted so good!

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 24

After nursing our rum hangovers in the morning, we’ll head out for another day of exploring the great El Yunque National Forest. Once the sun goes down, we’ll experience the magic of the bioluminescent bay on a nighttime kayaking adventure.

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 25

Today, we drive to Rincon - the surfing capital of Puerto Rico - to bask on pristine beaches and luxuriate in our private villa. Settle in and enjoy the best of island life. For the next three days, we’ll go wherever the wind takes us, with plenty of time to enjoy our private pool, nearby beaches, and the culinary expertise of your MTrek leaders (the best cooks in the class of 2018).

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 26

Step 1: Wake up in paradise. Eat a lazy breakfast in the main house with your buddies. Step 2: Take surfing lessons. Or stay back and enjoy a book (or a drink) on the beach. Maybe you’d rather cozy up poolside or take a nap in a hammock back at the villa. This is your day to go wherever the island breeze takes you.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 27

Our last day in Rincon. Take it all in. We’ll have another day to lounge at the beach, and we’ll top off our stay in paradise with a group dinner (again, prepared by your MTrek leader master chefs) and copious libations (now’s the time to finish off the rum we bought at the Bacardi distillery...if it made it this far).

Day 9 — Monday, Aug 28

Back to San Juan. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring Rio Camuy Cave Park, and then we’ll gather for our farewell dinner and our last night of Ruckus in ’Rico.

Day 10 — Tuesday, Aug 29

Head back to Ann Arbor. Gear up for Saturdays at the Bus, potlucks with your new best friends, and the beauty of fall in Michigan.