Science

science While on tour, our students are often unaware that they are constantly learning. Our hands-on approach to science learning takes place under the umbrella of cultural immersion and fun activities. Our guides immerse travelers in the world of biology, ecology, and sometimes astronomy as well. Here are a few examples:

SNORKEL at pristine “Gilligan’s Island” – learn about the island’s ecology, the type of coral and fish in the area, and much more

arecibo-observatory EXPLORE the world’s largest radiotelescope in Arecibo, where parts of the sci-fi movie “Contact” were filmed. Learn about our planet’s “ear” and its importance worldwide. Visit an interactive museum full of NASA artifacts and information.

DISCOVER flora and fauna in El Yunque rainforest – find out what makes this attraction one of the 26 finalists in the world’s seven wonders competition. Go find out:

  • What’s a “coquí” and how many species are there?
  • What mysterious “alien” creature was born in this rainforest?
  • How many inches of rain fall on a given year here?
  • Is it true that El Yunque possesses the largest collection of fern in the world?
  • What steps are being taken to save the endangered Puerto Rican parrot?

ENCOUNTER living sea creatures at our local fisherman’s show – travelers interact, feel, and touch sea critters as they learn about each animal’s biology, place in the food chain, eating habits, fishing technique and more. Go find out:

  • Where does an octopus hide and how do you catch them?
  • Which animal, when turned backwards, looks exactly like the alien in the movie “Predator?”
  • What are dinoflagellates?
  • What kind of chemical reaction causes the water to light up at the bioluminescent bay? Why doesn’t this happen back home?
  • Did you say a blowfish preys on sharks? How in the world is that possible?

SWIM in teams at a bioluminescent lagoon at night

VISIT an island full of Rhesus monkeys

FEED iguanas and learn about mangrove ecosystems on a private boat tour

guanica-dry-forest CHECK out cacti of all sizes at Guanica’s Dry Forest, a United Nations Biosphere Reserve

EXPLORE secluded “Caja de Muerto Island” and visit the small flora and fauna museum. Snorkel the reefs and follow the underwater trail. Learn about the peculiar dry forest ecosystem. Go find out:

  • Is it true that small Caribbean “cobras” live here?
  • How was the underwater snorkeling trail built?
  • Are all manta rays dangerous?
  • What do locals do to decrease inflammation and pain from a jellyfish sting? Hint: it’s connected to balancing the body’s pH level.

TOUR an organic farm and learn about a 100% sustainable forest home

SPOT marine birds in La Parguera. Go find out:

  • What is the second fastest bird in the world?

SPELUNK in caves in Camuy and Tanama. Go find out:

  • Where is the “fountain of youth?”
  • What is the “gorilla sitting at the table?”

VISIT “Las Salinas” in Cabo Rojo. Go find out:

  • What are they made of?
  • What does this place have to do with snow or your swimming pool?

PARTICIPATE in a reforestation project in a forest or National Wildlife Refuge.