Saturday, May 26, 2012

Puerto Rico - La Isla del Encanto: Places

I just returned from an amazing trip to Puerto Rico! I went with a group of students and staff from Christians on Campus student organization at UT. We got to participate in a conference our first weekend there and then we toured the island while spending time with some other believers living in Puerto Rico the following week.

This trip was abundant in unforgettable experiences, so I will be making a series of posts to share some of them with you. :)

Some of my overall impressions of Puerto Rico included

its lively people

rich tasty food 


beautiful scenery

In regards to scenery, though only 110 miles in length and 40 miles in width, the island of Puerto Rico has no shortage of places to visit and things to do. Some of the things we did and saw while on our trip included...

view from the walls of El Morro
an elegant street in Old San Juan

walking down the streets of Old San Juan and seeing the massive multilevel fortress, El Morro

view from the top peak
one of 70 kinds of orchids
stream that flowed down the mountain

hiking up the stunning tropical rainforest, El Yunque

the lush canopy of El Yunque

one of the islands we sailed to
Catamaran sail

relaxing on the Catamaran then snorkeling in the majestic blue waters of the Caribbean

getting some sun
hanging stalactites
one opening of the cave

roaming around the immense expanse of the Camuy cave

beautiful view from cliff
precariously peering over the edge
never ending blue waters in the horizon

 admiring the memorizing view from the bluff in Cabo Rojo
daunting rocks at the bottom of the cliff
happy riders on the beach
rolling waves along the trail

and taking a charming horseback ride along the beach.

The sites we saw were definitely breath-taking and unlike any place I've been to before. But it gets even better. Stay tuned for the next post on some of the delicious food that we ate while in Puerto Rico...

[photo credit: R. Hutchinson, R. Chen, J. Hernandez, A. Hernandez, L. Dean]

Thanks for posting your awesome photos!


  1. a beautiful post of beautiful places!! the trip was genuinely awesome!!

    1. Thanks SeEun! The trip was indeed awesome! :)

  2. This is awesome post, Danielle. Are you planning to have a series of blog posts on the Puerto Rico blending trip?

    1. Yes! I'm planning on writing my next post on some of the amazing food we had! Then, last but not least, I want to write a post on the wonderful people we met and got to spend time with during the trip! So stay tuned :)

  3. Awesome trip! There was great blending, enjoying the Lord together, and getting built up as the Body of Christ!

    1. Yes! The blending, enjoying and building was the best part of the trip! The beautiful scenery and tropical weather were just extra perks :)

  4. The trip was awesome indeed. I can't wait to hear more about your experience on the trip! :)
    P.S. nice pics!

    1. Yes! And I want to thank you and all of the other people who posted their pictures from the trip on facebook! Only with your help was I (a camera-less traveler) able to adequately portray the true beauty of Puerto Rico! :)

  5. was nice to have you all here in the island.

    1. It was so nice to be there! I am worried that when you all come to visit Austin, there will not be many beautiful places to see in comparison to Puerto Rico! But I still hope you all come soon! :)