Art Making in Puerto Rico 

January 2-7 /  February 10-15, 2020
Deadline for Registration – July 1, 2019

Be inspired, make art and learn in Old San Juan and selected natural sites in Puerto Rico.

Called "La Ciudad Amurallada," (The Wall City), San Juan was founded in 1521. In 1508 Juan Ponce de León founded the original settlement, Caparra, behind the almost landlocked harbor just to the west of the present metropolitan area. The settlement was abandoned and moved to the site of what is now called Old San Juan. San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean and is the second oldest city in the Americas. 

During our first day our Program Leader, Marcos Carvajal and a Puerto Rican architect will lead a walking tour through the narrow streets of Old San Juan to experience five centuries of Spanish Caribbean history. We will become acquainted with significant architectural features of the city, historical sites, forts, plazas, cultural centers, fountains, museums, and galleries and with Old San Juan lively people's cultural life and idiosyncrasy. This walking tour will provide a panoramic view of the city in order for participants to decide which sites to revisit for art making purposes. 

Inspiration will be enhanced with a full day tour visiting natural sites such as El Yunque Rain Forest and the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Fajardo.  

The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US national forest system.  At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here. At Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve we will be able to explore mangroves, coral reefs, dry forests, sandy and rocky beaches set between headlands—all these ecosystems in one place.

To explore visual arts in Puerto Rico, visits to the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Museum of Contemporary Art will be also scheduled. 

Restaurants, dance and music night entertainment venues will be recommended.


Marcos Carvajal, our Program Leader, was an artist in residence for four years at the School of Art Altos de Jajome in Cayey, Puerto Rico, art faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico and a visiting faculty at the Museum School of Fine Art in Boston. Since 2001, Marcos has been delivering art and educational travel programs to Puerto Rico and Cuba. He  was Program Leader for the Painting in the Rain Forest of Puerto Rico Program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston and currently leads many art travel programs to Cuba.


  • Five nights accommodations at Casa Blanca Hotel in Old San Juan
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Ground transportation and drivers’ tips 
  • Guided walking tour of Old San Juan with Puerto Rican architect
  • Full day tour to El Yunque Rain Forest and the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve 
  • Debriefing sessions with Program Leader to review art work and experiences


  • Airfare to/from San Juan (hotel check-in time is 3 pm)
  • Transportation from/to San Juan International Airport (estimate $20 plus a $1 per bag, each way)
  • Meals: 5-B, 4-L, 3- D (estimate $10-15 for breakfasts and lunches and $20-30 for dinners)
  • Gratuities for maid ($1 per person, per day) and bellman ($5.00perpersonperstay)
  • Trip interruption and cancelation insurance 
  • Optional tours 


$ 2800 per person in a double room (2 queen beds)
$ 3200 single room (queen bed)



  • Arrive in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport 
  • Transfer on your own to hotel
  • Check-in at hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Information Meeting with Program Leader

DAY 2         

  • Breakfast 
  • Walking Tour of Old San Juan (Part 1)
  • Lunch 
  • Walking Tour of Old San Juan (Part 2) 
  • Dinner

DAY 3              

  • Breakfast
  • Fee Time for Art Making
  • Lunch
  • Walking Tour of Old San Juan (Part 3) with visit to El Morro Castle 
  • Dinner

DAY 4            

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to El Yunque Rain Forest
  • Lunch 
  • Transfer to Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Debriefing Session with Program Leader
  • Dinner

DAY 5            

  • Breakfast
  • Fee Time for Art Making
  • Lunch

  1. Fee Time for Art Making 
  2. Guided Art Museums Tours
  3. On Your Own Visits to Old San Juan Museums and Galleries

  • Farewell Dinner and Flamenco 


  • Breakfast
  • Debriefing Session with Program Leader and Closing
  • Check-out 
  • Transfer on your own to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport