The Arts in Puerto Rican Culture

GROUP LIMITED TO TEN (12) PARTICIPANTS

2019

December 9-14, 2019

Reservation Deadline – August 15, 2019


2020

January 2-7, 2020
Reservation Deadline – August 15, 2019


November 30-December 5, 2020. with OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College

Reservation Deadline – July 1, 2020

This program will provide a panoramic view of architecture, visual arts, music and dance in the vibrant and rich culture of Old San Juan and the City of Ponce in Puerto Rico. 

In Old San Juan

Called "La Ciudad Amurallada," (The Walled 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 and a Puerto Rican architect will lead a full day 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.

To start the exploration of visual arts in Puerto Rico will visit the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, a modern five-story structure in a 1920 neo-classic building.  The Museum supports Puerto Rico's 500 years old tradition in painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, folk art, photography and other contemporary media. 

To conclude our journey In San Juan we will get a glance at contemporary arts visiting the Puerto Rican Contemporary Art Museum.  Founded in 1984, the Puerto Rican Museum of Contemporary Art was the result of collaboration between a number of generous artists and the civil society. Those involved decided to form a non-profit institution whereby local artists could display their art and the public could be exposed to a variety of art forms and contemporary art expressions. Known locally as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), all the art collected by the museum officially belongs to the people of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Museum serves not only to educate but also to preserve and document art from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America from 1940 to the present.

In Ponce: ”The Pearl of the Caribbean”

A unique perspective of Puerto Rican architecture and art will be provided when we visit the colonial
City of Ponce, second largest city in Puerto Rico. The visit will start with a guided visit to the Ponce Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Caribbean.

The Ponce Museum collection includes European, Pre-Raphaelite, and Caribbean paintings. The excellence of the museum’s offerings is illustrated by paintings from different schools, as, for example, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate Conception, 1660-1678, and Jacopo di Cione’s Annunciation, c. 1375-1380. Murillo’s painting exemplifies the calibre of the museum’s holdings from the Spanish Golden Age, while di Cione’s represents one of the fifteen paintings, mostly Italian, from the Kress Foundation that were added to the growing collection in 1962.

After lunch we will have a city tour that unveils an enchanting portrait of colonial history, architecture, and culture. The architectural splendor and detailed neoclassic and art deco style of the city makes Ponce an essential part in our itinerary. The city’s buildings such as the 19thcentury Fire Station and La Perla Theater, demonstrate more than 300 years of an elegant tradition. To conclude we will visit the
Serrallés Castle, former estate of the wealthy Serralles family, which were sugar industry barons and the owners of Don Q rum. The house is not so much a castle as a large Spanish-Revival style home, but due to its size and expense is referred to as a castle.

The house was designed by Puerto Rican architect Don Pedro Adolfo de Castro and Besosa and built in the 1930's. Inside, you can see many original details of the house including original furniture and paintings. The surrounding grounds contain sculptured bushes and gardens as well as a reflection pool. From the terrace on the roof, you can get great views of the city. It also has a museum, a cafe, and a theater.

During afternoons and evening you will have the option of guided tours on your own to different sites in San Juan. Restaurants for meals and night entertainment sites will be recommended.

Y0UR PROGRAM LEADER   












PROGRAM INCLUSIONS

  • Five nights accommodations at hotel in Old San Juan (see Hotels in Puerto Rico)
  • Continental buffet breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Ground transportation and drivers’ tips
  • Guided walking tour of Old San Juan with Puerto Rican architect
  • Full day tour to the City of Ponce
  • Guided visits to museums in itinerary and El Morro and Serralles Castles
  • Reading and websites suggestions to learn about PR before departure
  • Face-to-face and online orientation meeting before departure


NOT INCLUDED


  • Airfare to/from San Juan 
  • Transportation from/to San Juan International Airport-Hotel
  • Meals: 4-L, 3- D 
  • Gratuities for maid and bellman 
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance 
  • Optional tours 


PROGRAM FEES


$ 3300 single room 
$ 2900 per person in a double room


PROGRAM ACTIVITY LEVEL - Moderate

Our program requires moderate physical activity combined with travel time in bus (max 2 hours). Activities include city-walking tours (sometimes on uneven surfaces), stopping along the way, standing in museums for a few hours, walking a flight of stairs and strolling up/down hills.
Participants should also be comfortable walking about 2.5 miles (10,000 steps) 


ITINERARY 

DAY 1  HOLA PUERTO RICO!

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


DAY 2   OLD SAN JUAN       


During our first day in Puerto Rico our Program Leader and a Puerto Rican architect will lead a full day 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.


Dinner or optional tours


DAY 3   PUERTO RICAN ART        


To start the exploration of visual arts in Puerto Rico will visit the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, a modern five-story structure in a 1920 neo-classic building.  The Museum supports Puerto Rico's 500 years old tradition in painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, folk art, photography and other contemporary media.  After lunch we will have a free afternoon for optional tours.


DAY 4   THE CITY OF PONCE       


A unique perspective of Puerto Rican architecture and art will be provided when we visit the colonial City of Ponce, second largest city in Puerto Rico. The visit will start with a guided visit to the Ponce Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Caribbean.

The Ponce Museum collection includes European, Pre-Raphaelite, and Caribbean paintings. The excellence of the museum’s offerings is illustrated by paintings from different schools, as, for example, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate Conception, 1660-1678, and Jacopo di Cione’s Annunciation, c. 1375-1380. Murillo’s painting exemplifies the caliber of the museum’s holdings from the Spanish Golden Age, while di Cione’s represents one of the fifteen paintings, mostly Italian, from the Kress Foundation that were added to the growing collection in 1962.

After lunch we will have a city tour that unveils an enchanting portrait of colonial history, architecture, and culture. The architectural splendor and detailed neoclassic and art deco style of the city makes Ponce an essential part in our itinerary. The city’s buildings such as the 19thcentury Fire Station and La Perla Theater, demonstrate more than 300 years of an elegant tradition. To conclude we will visit the
Serrallés Castle, former estate of the wealthy Serralles family, which were sugar industry barons and the owners of Don Q rum. The house is not so much a castle as a large Spanish-Revival style home, but due to its size and expense is referred to as a castle.

The house was designed by Puerto Rican architect Don Pedro Adolfo de Castro and Besosa and built in the 1930's. Inside, you can see many original details of the house including original furniture and paintings. The surrounding grounds contain sculptured bushes and gardens as well as a reflection pool. From the terrace on the roof, you can get great views of the city. It also has a museum, a cafe, and a theater.


DAY 5   PUERTO RICAN CONTEMPORARY ART        


​To conclude our journey In San Juan we will get a glance at contemporary arts visiting the Puerto Rican Contemporary Art Museum.  Founded in 1984, the Puerto Rican Museum of Contemporary Art was the result of collaboration between a number of generous artists and the civil society. Those involved decided to form a non-profit institution whereby local artists could display their art and the public could be exposed to a variety of art forms and contemporary art expressions. Known locally as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), all the art collected by the museum officially belongs to the people of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Museum serves not only to educate but also to preserve and document art from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America from 1940 to the present. Our farewell dinner will include a flamenco dance show. 


DAY 6  HASTA LUEGO PUERTO RICO!


  • Breakfast
  • Check-out 
  • Transfer on your own to airport​


OPTIONAL TOURS


Afternoon Tours 

Old San Juan Harbor Sail

Float past more than 500 years of history and picturesque scenery during this 1.5-hour sailing excursion in Old San Juan Harbor. Climb aboard the ‘Amazing Grace,’ a topsail schooner fashioned in the style of 19th-century American sailing vessels, for an unforgettable ride past the wonders of this historic area. As you sail you’ll enjoy up-close views of Old San Juan sights such as El Morro fortress, La Fortaleza, and Paseo la Princesa. A guide and complimentary beverages and snacks are all covered. Enjoy a sailing and sightseeing trip in Old San Juan Harbor Soak up the sea breeze and sights of Old San Juan Harbor Travel aboard an American-style 19th-century topsail schooner Admire historic San Juan landmarks like El Morro Fortress, La Fortaleza, Paseo la Princesa and more Great way to get a different vantage point in Old San Juan 

Mixology Tour Of Casa Bacardi

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean with a 1.5-hour cocktail-making master-class at Casa Bacardí in Cataño, the Puerto Rican home of Bacardí rum. Discover the secrets of the world famous rum as you peek behind-the-scenes on a distillery tour, sip a complimentary welcome cocktail, then learn to make classic cocktails like Cuba Libre, Mojito and Daiquiri with a demonstration from an expert mixologist. 1.5-hour tour and cocktail-making class at Casa Bacardí in Cataño Uncover the secrets of Bacardí rum on a distillery tour Enjoy a cocktail-making demonstration from an award-winning mixologist Learn the art of making classic cocktails like Cuba Libre, Mojito and Daiquiri.

Evening Tours 


Old San Juan Food Tour

Become a foodie insider with Flavors of San Juan Food & Culture Tours is Puerto Rico’s original food and cultural tour of Old San Juan. Let us show you our slice of paradise through food! We take you on a progressive 2-3 hours walk and eat our way through the city.

Sip on Puerto Rico’s most legendary rum cocktail while learning its fabled beginnings. Stroll the cobblestone streets of this 495+ year old fortified Spanish colonial city and learn about its unique architecture. See the 2nd oldest church in the Americas and re-live the past on our small, boutique tours.

Our bilingual tour guides have intimate friendships with the San Juan restaurants and you will always receive special treatment. Skip the lines and dine with us for the “in” on “do not miss” restaurants and foodie scenes in and around the city. By the end, you’ll know the best places to dine in Old San Juan.

  • Savor 10+ bites and sips on tour – including an iconic rum cocktail
  • Hands-on involvement in making your own signature Puerto Rican dish
  • Learn about our architecture, historic landmarks, history and other lesser known tidbits
  • Receive 10% off and other deals at many Old San Juan restaurants and shops
  • Bilingual, knowledgeable guide provides more color and context than solo walking
  • Dietary substitutions provided easily while not compromising local flavor


Night Tales In Old San Juan 

 This tour is about......battles, legends, story-telling and night photography.

Hear nighttime tales of legends and tragic love stories while taking pictures of the four world heritage sites and formal battlegrounds during this guided night walking tour.

The “Night Tales in Old San Juan” (1.5 hours) guided walking tour includes visits to a former Spanish soldiers barracks, formal city jail, battle grounds, the sites where Hollywood movies & TV shows filmed. This tour will get you acquainted with Old San Juan's military culture, landscape and defenses.

Let the Caribbean nights enchant you...see the colors of a Spanish Colonial city in Puerto Rico at night.

Old San Juan

Ponce

Serralles Castle photos courtesy of Museo Castillo Serralles

Pedro Schuck - CLICK IMAGE