MV Puerto Rico Itinerary by jolinmilioncherie

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									                              MOUNDS VIEW HIGH SCHOOL BAND

                A Grand Tour to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
                                                   March 15-21, 2012

                                                  Phillip Richardson
                                                        Director

NOTE

This tour is planned by GrandTours. All times printed in the itinerary are approximate and subject to final
confirmation by your Puerto Rican tour guide, Carla Valasquez. While touring, the order of sightseeing can change
due to traffic, weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Always be aware of exact departure and meeting times
during daily sightseeing activities. The contact information for hotels is contained in this tour booklet and we
recommend you visit the hotel websites before the tour.

LUGGAGE

Puerto Rico is classified as a “domestic flight” and the following baggage fees apply to and from the United States to
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
American Airlines: First checked bag is $25 each way and the 2nd checked bag is $35 each way.
Delta Airlines: First checked bag is $25 each way and the 2nd checked bag is $40 each way.

Payment must be made by debit/credit card at check-in. Visit www.aa.com or www.delta.com for current luggage
information.

MEALS

A daily buffet breakfast, 3-lunches, and 5-dinners are included in the tour program. These are listed daily in your
itinerary. The times listed in this tour booklet are approximate times that serving will begin and your guide will
confirm this daily. Lunches not listed will be at your own expense. Table water may be available at meals at no
additional cost while soft-drinks, coffee, and tea will be at your own expense. Please advise your tour guides of any
special needs.

OUTBOUND FLIGHT SCHEDULES

Thursday, March 15, 2012!       DL 2130!        Minneapolis/Atlanta ! !         5:20 am / 8:53 am
Thursday, March 15, 2012!       DL 559! !       Atlanta/San Juan !    !         9:50 am / 1:28 pm

Thursday, March 15, 2012!       AA 788!    !    Minneapolis/Miami !     !       6:25 am / 11:10 am
Thursday, March 15, 2012!       AA 869!   !     Miami/San Juan !        !       12:45 pm / 3:10 pm

Both departure and arrival are at Terminal 1 of the Twin Cities International Airport.
You can get current flight & gate information at www.delta.com or www.aa.com.


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DAY 1 !!        THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012              ! !         !        !           DEPART FROM MINNEAPOLIS

4:00 am!        Suggested arrival time at Terminal 1 of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Meet at the
                Delta group check-in on the T-Level. Your GrandTours representatives will meet the group and lead
                those traveling on American Airlines to the AA group check-in counter on the main ticketing level.
                You are traveling on E-tickets and will need to show a photo-ID to receive boarding passes. Continue
                through TSA security. Check the monitors and make your way to the appropriate departure gates.

                Delta
                5:20 am!!       DL 2130 departs from Minneapolis to Atlanta.
                8:53 am!!       DL 2130 arrives in Atlanta.
                9:50 am!!       DL 559 departs from Atlanta nonstop to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

                American Airlines
                6:25 am!!      AA 788 departs from Minneapolis to Miami.
                11:10 am!      AA 788 arrives in Miami.
                12:45 pm!      AA 869 departs nonstop from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1:28 pm!!       Delta 559 arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

3:10 pm!!       AA 869 arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

!               Upon your arrival in San Juan, collect your luggage and meet your Puerto Rican tour guide, Carla
                Valasquez, in the baggage claim area. Load the waiting motorcoach (58 passenger) with luggage and
                instruments. Delta passengers will wait for the arrival of the American Airlines passengers.

3:30 pm!        Depart from the airport through the central mountain range to the southern coast of the island. The
                journey will take about 2-hours and your destination is the quiet resort area of Patillas.

5:30 pm!        Check into the Caribbean Paradise Parador with time to enjoy the pool.

7:00 pm!        Enjoy traditional Puerto Rican roasted pig at the hotel.
!       !
                Hotel: Caribbean Paradise
                Meals: D

PUERTO RICO

The island of Puerto Rico is a very popular tourist destination because of its location, rich history and warm climate.
The island is located in the Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the
Dominican Republic. (about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida).

Puerto Rico is 100 miles long by 35 miles wide and is the smallest of the Greater Antilles and consists of the main
island of Puerto Rico and several smaller islands and keys, including Vieques, Mona, and Culebra.

Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following
COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous
population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the
Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Population elected governors have served
since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967,
1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.




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DAY 2 !!        FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012                              !    !       !       !          PONCE|PATILLAS

8:00 am!        Full American Buffet Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
!               (Concert attire today is the Band T-shirt and khaki shorts or pants)

9:00 am!        Depart for Ponce, founded in 1692 by Juan Ponce de León's great-grandson - Loíza Ponce de León.
                Ponce was Spain's capital of the southern region until it fell to the U.S. in 1898.
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10:15 am!       Our first stop is Castillo Serralles, an elegant Spanish Revival castle built in 1930 and now open to the
                public. The tour provides a history of the Puerto Rican rum industry and the influential Serralles
                family. The building is listed on the National Register.

12:00 nn!       We will visit Ponce's Square, Las Delicias, unsurpassed in beauty with Indian laurel trees, fountains,
                the most unique Firehouse on planet earth "El Parque de Bombas."

12:15 pm!       Set up for the concert (bring extension cords and music stands).
12:45 pm!       The Mounds View Band performs its first concert of the tour in front of the Parque de Bombas.

2:00 pm!        Have the afternoon available to explore central Ponce and do some souvenir shopping. Grab a bite to
                eat while out and about in the city-centre. You may wish to visit La Guancha this afternoon. The
                boardwalk along the marina is fun during the day with food kiosks and sidewalk vendors.

5:00 pm!        Load the coaches and return to Patillas and your parador. Have time to relax and swim in the hotel
                pool.

7:30 pm!        Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

                Hotel: Caribbean Paradise
                Meals: B/D

PONCE

Ponce was named after Loíza Ponce de León, great-grandson of Juan Ponce de León. Founded in 1692, Ponce is today
Puerto Rico's principal shipping port on the Caribbean. The city is well kept and attractive, with an air of being stuck
in the past, like a provincial Mediterranean town. On weekday afternoons, men dressed in starched guayaberas and
hats play dominoes while uniformed school girls run along the large walkways.

Its historic district underwent a $440-million restoration for 1992's 500th anniversary celebration of Christopher
Columbus's voyage to the New World, and improvements have continued. The streets are lit with gas lamps and lined
with neoclassical buildings, just as they were a century ago. Horse-drawn carriages clop by, and strollers walk along
sidewalks edged with pink marble. Ponce now recalls the turn of the 20th century, when it rivaled San Juan as a
wealthy business and cultural center.

PARQUE DE BOMBAS

Constructed in 1882 as the centerpiece of a 12-day agricultural fair intended to promote the civic charms of Ponce, this
building was designated a year later as the island's first permanent headquarters for a volunteer firefighting brigade.
It has an unusual appearance -- it's painted black, red, green, and yellow. A tourist-information kiosk is situated
inside the building.




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CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY GUADALUPE

In 1660 a rustic chapel was built on this spot on the western edge of the Plaza Las Delicias, and since then fires and
earthquakes have razed the church repeatedly. In 1919 a team of priests collected funds from local parishioners to
construct the Doric- and Gothic-inspired building that stands here today. Designed by architects Francisco Porrato
Doría and Francisco Trublard in 1931, and featuring a pipe organ installed in 1934, it remains an important place for
prayer for many. The cathedral, named after a famous holy shrine in Mexico, is the best-known church in southern
Puerto Rico.

CASTILLO SERALLIS

Just north of the center of town is the largest and most imposing building in Ponce, constructed high on El Vigía Hill
during the 1930s by the Serrallés family, owners of a local rum distillery. One of the architectural gems of Puerto Rico,
it is the best evidence of the wealth produced by the turn-of-the-20th-century sugar boom. Highlights include
panoramic courtyards, a baronial dining room, a small cafe and souvenir shop.

DAY 3! !        SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012             !   !       !       !            PONCE|EL YUNQUE|DORADO

8:00 am!        American Buffet Breakfast at the hotel (bring bags to the coach for loading).

9:30 am!        Check out and depart along the southern coast of Puerto Rico as you wind your way around the island.

11:30 am!       Arrive at the El Yunque Rainforest. This is the only U.S. National Park in the Caribbean. Hike along
                the La Mina Trail and enjoy the lush green landscape as you descend along a rushing river. Make a
                stop at the La Mina waterfalls with time to swim and enjoy the tropical setting. A picnic lunch is
                included today with bottled water.

3:30 pm!        Continue towards San Juan and the community of Dorado.

5:00 pm!        Check in at the Embassy Suites Resort. Enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel.

 !              Hotel: Embassy Suites-Dorado del Mar
                Meals Included: B/L/D

EL YUNQUE RAINFOREST

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest is located in the rugged Sierra de
Luquillo, 40 km southeast of San Juan (latitude 18º 19’ N, longitude 65º 45’W). The forest covers lands of the
municipalities of Canóvanas, Las Piedras, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo, and Rio Grande.

El Yunque gets its name from an Indian spirit Yuquiye, which means "Forest of Clouds", that gave the mountain that
dominates the 28,000 acre of tropical forest. It is the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System.
Originally set aside in 1876 by the Spanish Crown, the Forest represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western
Hemisphere. With over 240 species (26 species are found nowhere else) of trees and plants, give reason to the
government of Puerto Rico to spend a great deal of moneymaking to preserve floral species and animals that are on the
verge of extinction.

The Forest contains rare wildlife including the Puerto Rican Parrot, which is one of the ten most endangered species
of birds in the world. The Puerto Rican parrot is a small amazon parrot, about a foot in length, bright green, with red
forehead, blue primary wing feathers, and flesh-colored bill and feet.




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DAY 4! !        SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012 !                          !        !       !        !       FAJARDO|SAN JUAN

7:30 am!!       American buffet breakfast at the hotel (serving begins).

8:15 am!        Pack your swimwear, goggles and beach towel as you load the coaches. Skirt the city of San Juan as
                you travel from the hotel to the marina at Fajardo, a small but popular city in Puerto Rico located in
                the eastern region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba and east of Luquillo.
                Fajardo is the hub of the majority of recreational boating in Puerto Rico and a popular launching port
                to Culebra, Vieques, as well as the American and British Virgin Islands.

9:30 am!        Board your multi-hull catamaran for a cruise in the Caribbean. Swim, snorkel, and anchor at pristine
                private beaches. The staff are all Coast-Guard certified lifeguards and will make your cruise an
                enjoyable experience.

10:00 am!       Set sail in the Caribbean and be sure to bring your sunscreen!

12:00 pm!       Enjoy a full lunch on-board with unlimited soft-drinks included as part of the cruise. Try a Virgin
                Pina Colada and be sure to bring your camera!

!               Note: The Captain of the catamaran has the final say on all activities and may make changes in the
                cruise in the best interests of all passengers. This can include shortening or canceling the cruise due to
                inclement weather, rough sea conditions or mechanical problems.

4:00 pm!        Return to the hotel following the cruise. Relax and change for an evening journey into Old San Juan.

7:00 pm!        Travel into Old San Juan for an evening dinner at El Patio de Sam.

!               Enjoy Appetizers, Grilled Chicken or Beef Steak served with Side Salad & choice of Rice & Beans or
                Tostones. Unlimited soft-drinks are included.
!
                Hotel: Embassy Suites-Dorado del Mar
                Meals Included: B/L/D

FAJARDO

Fajardo, Puerto Rico is home to the largest Marina in the Caribbean, called Puerto del Rey. The town contains various
hotels; the El Conquistador is one of its most famous hotels. Off shore near Fajardo a few islets can be found: Icacos,
Palominos, Palominitos and Diablo, as well as uninhabited coral islands.

Known as the “Metropolis of the East,” Fajardo, Puerto Rico is a major tourism and recreation area. It is also well
known for its excellent day sailing, snorkeling and diving. The day-sailing trips normally take you to one of the
nearby cays for a day of snorkeling, sunbathing and feasting (food and soft drinks are included).

For snorkelers, there is excellent clear water around the cays, with plenty to explore.
An excellent place to snorkel, the shallow waters at Seven Seas are swarming with tropical fish, coral and an
abundance of life. Offshore reefs help keep the waves down and strong trade winds make it an ideal spot for sailing
and windsurfing.




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DAY 5! !       MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012!                                      !   !      !       !           SAN JUAN

6:30 am!!      American buffet breakfast at the hotel (serving begins).
!       !      (Concert attire today is the Band Polo Shirt and Khaki pants)

7:45 am!       Depart this morning for the the Escuela De La Comunidad Gerardo Selles Sola. At the school, you will
               get a first hand view of public education in Puerto Rico.
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8:45 am!       Arrive at the school and set up for the concert. A snack will be provided at the school. Perform a
               concert for the student body and interact with students.

12:00 pm!      Make a fast-food lunch stop. Enjoy the beach and pools at the hotel!
4:00 pm!       Load coaches as we depart on a Bio-Bay Kayaking excursion to see one of the world’s unique natural
               illumination experiences.

10:30 pm!      Return to the hotel.

               Hotel: Embassy Suites
               Meals Included: B/D

BIO-BAY KAYAKING

A bio bay is a body of water that contains millions of micro-organisms, called “dinoflagellates”, that glow in the dark
for a second when agitated. It is a rare, natural wonder and has to be seen on a dark night. While moonless nights are
best, the bioluminescence will be still be visible with some ambient light. This fragile environment is a natural
wonder that is easily destroyed by excessive abuse from motor oil, sunscreen and bug repellent.

Our kayak operators use sit-upon ocean kayaks, which means that you will get wet. We recommend you wear a
bathing suit or shorts so this isn’t a problem. Also, getting in and out of the kayak requires you to walk in the water
(usually no more than mid-calf deep), so wear water shoes or go bare foot if you prefer. There is not a formal changing
facility at the launch site, so we recommend you wear shorts that will dry quickly, or be prepared to change in a
restroom at the conclusion of the tour. You may wish to bring a beach towel so that you can dry off at the end of the
tour program. All participants will wear lifejackets equipped with a flashing light that is visible at night.

DAY 6! !       TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012                         !!      !        !             SAN JUAN|DORADO

6:30 am !      American buffet breakfast at the hotel (serving begins).
!       !      (Concert attire today is the Band T-Shirt and Khaki shorts or pants)

8:30 am!       Travel into the Spanish Old Town of San Juan this morning for a guided tour that includes admission
               to the San Cristobal Fortress. Meander through the narrow cobblestone streets to the Plaza de Las
               Armas, the Old Town’s center of activity, where you set up for an afternoon concert.

!              Out of Puerto Rico’s Spanish heritage comes an extraordinary love of the lively arts and pride in
               preserving the past. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the galleries, museums, and
               narrow cobble stoned streets of Old San Juan offer a history lesson at every turn. The 16th century
               San Cristobal Fortress was often referred to as the Gibraltar of the West Indies.

12:00 pm!      Set up for your concert (bring extension cords and music stands.)

12:30 pm!      Perform a concert on the Plaza de Las Armas.


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2:00 pm!        Following the concert, you have the afternoon to get lunch, explore the city-centre, and do some final
                souvenir shopping.

4:00 pm!        Depart from the Old Town for the hotel. Relax and change for evening activities in Old San Juan.

7:00 pm!        Depart from the hotel for Old San Juan.

7:30 pm!        Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Barrachina’s before returning to the hotel. You may wish to pack your
                belongings this evening for the return home.

!               Enjoy a House Salad, Chicken with Pineapple Sauce, Ginger and Almonds served with rice, beans,
                tostones and vegetables. You can also choose a delicious Shrimp Linguini as well. Your dessert is Puerto
                Rican Flan. 1-Soft-drink per person is included with additional drinks at your own expense.

                Hotel: Embassy Suites-Dorado del Mar
                Meals: B/D

SAN JUAN OLD TOWN

San Juan, Puerto Rico's buzzing capital, preserves the island's Spanish heritage in its colonial neighborhoods. The
cobblestone streets of Old San Juan teem with restaurants and shops and a large concentration of art galleries and
museums. New San Juan has its charms as well, particularly in its more storied residential architecture in Santurce
and Miramar.

SAN CRISTÓBAL FORTRESS

This huge fortress, begun in 1634 and reengineered in the 1770s, is one of the largest ever built in the Americas by
Spain. Its walls rise more than 150 feet (46m) above the sea -- a marvel of military engineering. San Cristóbal
protected San Juan against attackers coming by land. A complex system of tunnels and dry moats connects the center
of San Cristóbal to its "outworks," defensive elements arranged layer after layer over a 27-acre site. Be sure to see the
Garita del Diablo (the Devil's Sentry Box), one of the oldest parts of San Cristóbal's defenses, and famous in Puerto
Rican legend. The devil himself, it is said, would snatch away sentinels at this lonely post at the edge of the sea. In
1898 the first shots of the Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico were fired by cannons on top of San Cristóbal during
an artillery duel with a U.S. Navy fleet.

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

Called "El Morro," this fort stands on a rocky promontory dominating the entrance to San Juan Bay. Constructed in
1540, the original fort was a round tower, which can still be seen deep inside the lower levels of the castle. More walls
and cannon-firing positions were added, and by 1787, the fortification attained the complex design you see today. This
fortress was attacked repeatedly by both the English and the Dutch. The U.S. National Park Service protects the
fortifications of Old San Juan, which have been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. With some of
the most dramatic views in the Caribbean, you'll find El Morro an intriguing labyrinth of dungeons, barracks, vaults,
lookouts, and ramps.

PLAZA DE LAS ARMAS

Plaza de Las Armas is located at the heart of Old San Juan. The main square is home to San Juan City Hall, built in
1789 as a replica of the Madrid City Hall, and the Puerto Rico State Department, in a beautiful colonial building from
the 18th century. The plaza also features a fountain with four statues representing the four seasons, neat gazebos and
several cafes. The Cuatro Estaciones, or Four Seasons, cafe is a nice spot for a strong cup of coffee or a cold drink.



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DAY 7! !        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012                !       !         !     !       RETURN TO MINNEAPOLIS

6:30 am!!       American buffet breakfast at the hotel (serving begins).

8:00 am!!       You may wish to take a final dip in the pool before packing your belongings for the trip home.

10:00 am!       Check out of the hotel and load the waiting motorcoaches.

10:30 am!       Depart from the Embassy Suites for the San Juan International Airport. Upon arrival at the airport,
!       !       check-in at the Delta and American Airlines ticket counters. Receive boarding passes for your flights
!       !       to Minneapolis.!        !

RETURN FLIGHT SCHEDULES

Wednesday, March 21, 2012     AA 588!      San Juan/Miami !   1:50 pm / 4:45 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2012     AA 513!      Miami/Minneapolis !7:45 pm / 10:35 pm

Wednesday, March 21, 2012     DL 430!      San Juan/Atlanta ! 3:30 pm / 7:31 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2012     DL 2034!     Atlanta/Minneapolis!8:45 pm / 10:32 pm

Both departure and arrival are at Terminal 1 of the Twin Cities International Airport.
You can get current flight & gate information at www.delta.com or www.aa.com.


                                                 HOTEL INFORMATION

March 15-17, 2012!      Patillas, Puerto Rico!   Parador Caribbean Paradise
!      !        !       !        !       !       Carr. 3Km 1143 (Interior)
!      !        !       !        !       !       P.O. Box 1092
!      !        !       !        !       !       Patillas 00723
!      !        !       !        !       !       Tel: 1-787-839-5885
!      !        !       !        !       !       http://caribbeanparadise.com/


March 17-21, 2012!      Dorado, Puerto Rico!     Embassy Suites-Dorado del Mar
!      !        !       !      !       !         201 Dorado Del Mar Blvd
!      !        !       !      !       !         Dorado, Puerto Rico 00646
!      !        !       !      !       !         Tel: 1-787-796-6125
!      !        !       !      !       !         http://embassysuites1.hilton.com

TOUR PARTICIPANTS (43)AIR TRAVEL
Your group will be flying on Delta and American Airlines to and from Puerto Rico. Passengers were ticketed
approximately 30-days before departure on group reservation numbers. A group confirmation is included in your
travel documents. Seats are generally assigned in alphabetical order within each reservation number. You will not be
able to adjust seats or check-in online, as you would with an individual passenger reservation number. GrandTours
representatives will assist with check-in at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (Terminal 1). Please review
the current personal baggage allowances and associated fees at www.delta.com and www.aa.com. There are no meals
served on fights to and from Puerto Rico. Snacks are available for purchase with a credit card. You are eligible for
frequent-flyer miles on both air carriers and enrollment is your responsibility.

PROTECTING VALUABLE ITEMS
The best way to protect and carry valuables such as a photo-ID, boarding passes, debit and credit cards, and cash is to
buy a zippered document holder or a money belt. Either of these can be worn beneath clothing or attached to a belt.
You may find them at stores such as Target, Walmart and REI.

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LUGGAGE
All checked luggage must be unlocked unless you use a special TSA approved lock. Make sure you have your
GrandTours luggage tags and personal identification attached to your bags. It is wise to also include identification
inside your suitcase in case a tag is destroyed or removed. Do not pack items such as your money, ID, ticket receipts,
or other travel documents.
Lost or damaged luggage must be reported before you leave the airport. The airlines will not be responsible for
unreported loss or damage. See your tour guide if you need help with lost or damaged luggage. Check with your
insurance provider to make sure personal musical instruments are insured to full replacement value.


PHOTO-ID
All tour members are required to have a photo-ID at the time of check-in. Your driver’s license or school photo-ID will
suffice.

3-1-1 GUIDELINES
All liquids, gels or aerosols in your carryon luggage must be in original containers of 3 ounces or less. All containers
of liquids, gels and aerosols are to be placed in one quart-size clear plastic zip-top bag. One quart-size bag of liquids,
gels and aerosols per traveler allowed in your carryon luggage. This bag must be removed from your luggage and
placed in the security bin for x-ray screening at the security check point. Visit www.tsa.gov for further details and the
most current security policies.


TIME DIFFERENCE
Puerto Rico is generally 2-hours ahead of the Twin Cities. Puerto Rico will not observe DST in 2012 and the time
difference while touring will then be 1-hour ahead of the Twin Cities.

CURRENCY
The official currency of Puerto Rico is the U.S. Dollar.


MEDICAL NEEDS
Special inoculations are not required to visit Puerto Rico. We encourage you to check with your physician as a
precaution. Be sure to bring necessary medication with you on the trip. DO NOT pack medication in your checked
luggage. We suggest you obtain a duplicate of your prescriptions and inhalers. Please inform your tour leaders of any
illness immediately.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING
The entire trip is casual so please dress for comfort. You can expect average daily temperatures to vary between
90°-70° F over the course of the day/night. The Mounds View music staff will communicate proper performance attire.
Use www.weather.com as a resource. We strongly recommend you purchase the appropriate sunscreen upon arrival in
San Juan.
COMMUNICATIONS
We recommend using local phone cards that can be bought in shops. We do not recommend dialing home from your
hotel room as it is very expensive. You will need to check with your service provider if planning on using your
mobile phone. Roaming voice and data charges can be very expensive so please give this special attention before
departing.
ELECTRICITY
The electricity in Puerto Rico is the same voltage and uses the same plug as the mainland United States. You will not
need any adapters or converters for this tour.



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TRAVEL GUARD PROTECTION PLAN
Each traveler has limited insurance coverage with Travel Guard’s, Group Protection Plan. This policy contains NO
trip cancellation coverage. This policy is not intended to protect your original monetary investment in the tour, but
rather to aid in the recovery of additional expenses that may result from travel issues that could arise while touring. If
you wish to purchase cancellation coverage visit www.travelguard.com or through the link to it on the “resources”
page at www.grandtoursinc.com. For incidents not affecting the entire group, claims must be filed by individual
travelers at the time of the incident. From Puerto Rico, call toll-free (715) 345-0505. In the U.S.A. call (800) 326-1300.


MONEY AND USE OF DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS
We recommend you bring a combination of cash and some type of debit/credit card for the tour that can be used in
local ATM machines. We find that traveler’s checks are being used less and less due to the commission charged when
cashed at local offices or hotels. Check with your bank for any ATM or transaction fees associated with your debit/
credit card.
MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most major souvenir shops. American Express is accepted as well, but not in all
locations. Local currency can be withdrawn from ATM Machines with cards on the Plus and Cirrus systems. You
must have a 4-digit PIN for these cards to work.
It is essential that you contact your credit card provider before leaving for Puerto Rico to inform them that you will be
using the card there. You can also get a student credit card at www.visabuxx.com, or at select major banks, for use on
the tour.


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                                            Jeff Goldsmith & Keith Engdahl
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