Update #6: Earthquake, protests, and SYTA

Thank you again for your support and care. This is an update regarding the status of earthquake-recovery and the Old San Juan political protest.

Earthquake-Recovery: Below is a list of encouraging facts as of 8AM today:

  1. Aftershocks – Thankfully, the aftershocks that were so constant in the south have considerably decreased in strength and consistency.
  2. Power – Electricity has been fully restored, even in southern Puerto Rico. Our staff, including those in the south, already have power.
  3. Points of entry/exit – The SJU International Airport, the San Juan Cruise Port, the Ponce Cruise Port and Airport, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, attractions and hotels in northern Puerto Rico, including areas around San Juan, continue to be open and fully functional.
  4. No alerts/warnings – The U.S. Geological Service, as well as the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, have stated that there are no tsunami or any other warning, advisory, or travel watch in effect for the island. Airlines canceled travel warnings.

Old San Juan Protests: We are aware that some residents are unhappy with the Governor’s handling of the earthquake recovery efforts and with the discovery of a warehouse full of Hurricane Maria provisions that were never used. We are closely monitoring the protests around El Capitolio and Fortaleza in Old San Juan.

Our top priority continues to be to keep our groups safe and together. We respect the rights of individuals to demonstrate and voice their opinions in a peaceful, lawful manner. We have experience running successful tours with similar peaceful protests as the ones from July 2019. As part of our safety protocol, we stay alert, we monitor upcoming protests, and we adapt our itinerary in order to avoid streets and areas adjacent to protests while on tour. We are confident that our groups will have a safe and enjoyable time while in Puerto Rico.
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Puerto Rico Update #5 and FAQ

Thank you again for your support and care.  Below is a list of encouraging facts about the island’s recovery as of 9 AM today:

  1. Power – Electricity has been fully restored, even in southern Puerto Rico. Our staff, including those in the south, already have power.
  2. Points of entry/exit – The SJU International Airport, the San Juan Cruise Port, the Ponce Cruise Port and Airport, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, attractions and hotels in northern Puerto Rico, including areas around San Juan, continue to be open and fully functional.
  3. No alerts/warnings – The U.S. Geological Service, as well as the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, have stated that there are no tsunami or any other warning, advisory, or travel watch in effect for the island. Airlines canceled travel warnings.

As stated by Discover Puerto Rico, “Puerto Rico is open for tourism. This week alone we welcomed nearly 56,000 cruise passengers into our San Juan Port. Power in Old San Juan has been fully restored and progress is being made. All major hotels are business as usual. All flights are operating normally to/from the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin, Ponce and Aguadilla airports. Taxis and ride share options are also available.

The Ponce Cruise Port, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, and major attractions such as El Morro, El Yunque, San Cristobal Fort, including all areas around San Juan, continue to be open for business. Our beaches, natural attractions, restaurants and travel service providers are ready to share Puerto Rico’s unique culture and warm hospitality with travelers. For the latest information and travel updates, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.”

We encourage visitors to continue to show their support as tourism is vital. Tourism fuels local economy and helps in the recovery. We stand with impacted communities recovering in the southern region. We are confident that Puerto Rico’s resilient spirit will shine through now more than ever.

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Update #4

Thank you again for your support.  Below is a list of encouraging facts about the island’s recovery as of 2PM today:

  1. Power – Electricity continues to be restored to most of the population. We’ve heard that most of our staff (90%), including those in the south, already have power.
  2. Points of entry/exit – The SJU International Airport, the San Juan Cruise Port, the Ponce Cruise Port and Airport, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, attractions and hotels in northern Puerto Rico, including areas around San Juan, are open and fully functional.
  3. No alerts/warnings – The U.S. Geological Service has advised that there is no tsunami threat to the Island at this time. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network states that there are no warnings, advisories, or watches for the island. Airlines have stopped their travel warnings.

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Puerto Rico Vamonos Update #3: January 8, 2020

Thank you for the many emails, calls, and care. Our entire staff, hotel and bus partners, vendors, and groups on the island are all safe and in good shape.

Below is a list of encouraging facts about the island’s recovery as of 3PM today:

  1. Power – Electricity should be restored to 90% of the entire population by tonight according to Puerto Rico’s electric company.
  2. Points of entry/exit – The SJU International Airport, the San Juan Cruise Port, the Ponce Cruise Port and Airport, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, attractions and hotels in northern Puerto Rico, including areas around San Juan, are open and fully functional.
  3. No alerts/warnings – The U.S. Geological Service has advised that there is no tsunami threat to the Island at this time. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network states that there are no warnings, advisories, or watches for the island.
  4. Damage – The earthquakes caused structural damage in the south-southwestern region of Puerto Rico. There is evidence of damaged homes, a few schools, and other structures. Main roads remain open.
  5. Our hotels and venues – All of our hotels and venues are in great shape and open to the public.

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Update #2

Thank you so much for the many emails, calls, prayers, and gestures of care towards our island and staff. We are overwhelmed by your support for our island and interest in the wellbeing of our people and staff. Thankfully, our entire staff, hotel and bus partners, vendors, and groups on the island are all safe and in good shape.
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Puerto Rico Vamonos Update: January 7, 2020

Earlier this morning, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the southern area of Puerto Rico near the town of Guanica. Our office, crisis team, and staff were immediately notified and initiated our crisis protocol. We are alert. Our groups on the island are safe and have been moved away from the area near the epicenter in southern Puerto Rico for the time being as a precautionary method.
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Field Trip? Vámonos!

NTA recently did an article on Vamonos Tours for their Courier Magazine. In the article they highlight our Music Festival for choral groups that we did in Puerto Rico. If you would like to participate in this year’s Music Festival for Choir groups in July, space is still available. Contact us today!

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Have a Cell Phone Policy!

After hundreds of tours, we noticed that students’ attention, discipline, and responsiveness are much stronger and rewarding in groups that adhere to a “no cell-phone bus policy.” Without a cell phone, students appreciate the sights, talk to each other, and pay attention to the guide. But, how do parents stay in touch with them? What if they want to take pictures or need to check their email? Continue reading