Exploring Food Systems in Puerto Rico: Post-Maria

June 12-19, 2020

ExplorEquity invites you to travel with us to Puerto Rico for an authentic experience exploring food systems post-Maria where you’ll learn directly from locals and support the economy with your dollars. You’ll walk with a farmer to see how he grows watercress by a waterfall. You’ll feel energized by the bright green leaves on a teaching farm while hearing how they help other farmers. You’ll try local fruits directly on the rich soil that grew them. You’ll enjoy a family-style dinner at a culinary farm lodge at sunset with a local historian and chef- tasting the influence of the indigenous, African, and Spanish populations in every bite. You might even get to harvest a jackfruit and then eat it in your meal that very evening. And you’ll get a glimpse of the Puerto Rico that the locals know.

 

About the Puerto Rico Trip

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the archipelago in September 2017, and the impacts of these hurricanes persist today. 85% of the food in Puerto Rico has historically been imported. When the hurricanes struck and the ports closed, there was only one week of food available on the archipelago. For many Puerto Ricans, it was an eye-opener. The already-strong agroecology movement and food movement has been strengthened by this growing awareness. As part of this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to activists and farmers in this movement.


This trip is for you if you care about the world and your place in the world, if you're curious about social issues and want to learn directly from locals, and if you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to build a meaningful experience like this yourself. 


This is a small group travel experience. You'll meet like-minded travelers and walk away with amazing new connections.


After the trip:

1. You’re going to feel knowledgeable about food systems and related social issues in Puerto Rico.

2. You’re going to have a defined personal takeaway of what this learning means to you.

3. You will feel part of a community that cares about their impact as a traveler.

 
 

Itinerary

Day 1: San Juan

  • Arrive to San Juan by 6pm

  • Check-in 

  • Welcome dinner and orientation


Day 2: San Juan

  • Breakfast

  • Old San Juan historical walking tour

  • Visit to open-air farmers market

  • Lunch (not included)

  • Beach afternoon

  • Dinner/free evening (not included)


Day 3: San Juan

  • Breakfast 

  • Lecture with local expert on political history of Puerto Rico and introduction to agroecology

  • Lunch

  • Visit to a community-led project

  • Dinner at open-air food hall (not included)


Day 4: San Juan to Las Marías

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Las Marías (approx. 3 hrs)

  • Check into cabins 

  • Farm-to-table lunch 

  • Farm tour and talk

  • Waterfall and watercress walk

  • Dinner 


Day 5: Las Marías

  • Breakfast at cabins

  • Farm tour and talk at teaching farm

  • Lunch

  • Workshops and activities with Plenitud

  • Dinner 


Day 6: Las Marías

  • Breakfast at cabins

  • Farm visit and talk at a women-led farm

  • Lunch 

  • Community cultural activities

  • Farewell dinner 


Day 7: Las Marías to Cayey

  • Breakfast at cabins

  • Drive to Ponce (approx. 1.5 hrs)

  • Visit to local waterfall

  • Lunch in Ponce

  • Drive to Cayey (approx. 1.5 hrs)

  • Tour and talk with owner of El Pretexto culinary farm lodge

  • “Puerto Rican Food Through Time” multi-course farewell dinner 

  • Drive to San Juan (approx. 1 hr) and check into hotel

  • Goodbyes


Day 8: San Juan

  • Return flights or weekend extensions begin

 

Trip Details

Exploring Food Systems in Puerto Rico: Post-Maria

What's Included

  • Accommodations

  • Transportation

  • All activities and visits

  • English translation, as needed

  • 16 meals included

  • Pre-trip orientation materials and activities

Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

  • 1 lunch and 2 dinners

  • Alcohol and snacks

Accomodation

Accommodations in San Juan are double rooms, to be shared with another traveler. A single supplement can be arranged, subject to availability. Contact us to discuss. 


Accommodations In Las Marías are rustic cabins in a recreation area owned by the town. The cabins do not have AC but are comfortable and have separate bedrooms. 

Activity Level

We strive to make all activities and experiences inclusive of different ability levels. The activity level on this trip is moderate. There are moderate-level walks on the farm visit. Some walks have a higher level of difficulty. Hiking shoes are strongly recommended, as well as waterproof shoes. Contact us with questions or concerns about the activity level.

Payment can be made in full or in installments. Payment plans are available. After you pay the non-refundable $500 deposit, the ExplorEquity team will reach out to you to discuss your payment schedule.