One of the benefits of Viking’s itinerary is the overnight in San Juan which allowed us a full day of exploring.
After breakfast on board, we walked over to the Sheraton Old Town and picked up our wheels for the day. I won’t hold it against Hertz but it’s been 10 years since I had one of these Chrysler model 300. Even though the outside looks still good on this 2018 version, the interior feels like it was designed 20 year’s ago – no USB outlets, no screens and the dashboard plastics were hard as a rock with graining mimicking 1980s textures. It flattering!
once settled in, We drove out of town to the National Forrest of El Yunque which is a stunningly lush rainforest draped over mountain peaks. It’s funny what rain does – greenery in every shade light up the hillsides and the canopy provides shade from the hot sun or rain – we had both.
We hiked on one of the many trails toget a glimpse into the thick greenery. Rewarded with stunning flowers and o dose of rain, the short 45-min walk felt refreshing after the long flight.
From the rainforest, we made our way across the countryside to the Hacienda Minos where Arabica coffee beans are farmed. A delicious lunch of traditional Puerto Rican rice dishes awaited us.
It was yummy and the coffee beer was a uniquely flavored brew that worked very well with our dishes. It is made from unroasted fermented coffee beans and yeast. Very creative!
Stay tuned for more adventures as the days unfold.