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Eco and Tourism Still Together at Puerto Rico

Ecotourism Tours and Voluntourism Opportunities
Publication of Discovery: March 31, 2018
Issue: March, 2018

Whether you are a traveler or a local, you may engage in eco-oriented activities in Puerto Rico. While you participate in some ecotourism tours, you may have the opportunity to witness nature’s recovery process following Hurricane María; and thus, appreciate more Mother Earth’s gifts and the guides’ environmental interpretation. Likewise, you might be more interested to learn about the culture and history of the nearby communities that survived after the hurricane. Also, witnessing the locals’ resilience may foster you to help through voluntourism in Puerto Rico.

Certain eco-oriented recreations or volunteer activities that you might like to perform in Puerto Rico are listed below.

Some Eco-Oriented Attractions and Activities in Puerto Rico:

1) Ecotourism Boat Tour on San Juan Bay Estuary’s Lagoons

While navigating on the Corozos Lagoon, San José Lagoon, Suárez Channel, and Torrecilla Lagoon, a local interpretive guide will educate you about the flora and fauna seen as well as the history behind the natural areas explored and nearby communities.

Tour’s Locations: Municipalities of San Juan, Carolina and Loíza

Tour Provider: Excursiones Eco


T. 787-565-0089


2) Guided Kayaking Tour on Torrecilla Lagoon

While kayaking, along with an interpretive guide, on Torrecilla Lagoon nearby Piñones sector in the metro area, you may learn about the flora and fauna in such ecosystem, and the history and culture of nearby communities.

Tour Provider: Piñones Cultural and Ecotouristic Center (COPI by its acronym in Spanish), a nonprofit organization

Tour’s Location: Municipality of Loíza


T. 939-281-9921


3) Volunteering at the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center

Subject to prior reservation of a group tour, you may admire rescued manatees and learn about their care at the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center ("Center"). For information about the required minimum of persons to participate, you may contact the Center.

Volunteer programs are also available year-round at the Center. Prior qualification is needed to participate as a volunteer.

Site’s Location: Municipality of Bayamón

Administration: Alliance between the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus, and the Caribbean Stranding Network


T. 787-279-1912, ext. 2070


4) Coastal Cleanups

You may help remove solid waste on coastal areas during activities held under volunteer programs administered by nonprofit organizations such as those mentioned below. For detailed information about the coastal cleanups, contact the following nonprofit organizations:

(a) Scuba Dogs Society


T. 787-454-4920


(b) Para La Naturaleza


T.: 787-722-5882


5) Volunteering at the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is located in the Municipalities of Salinas and Guayama, Puerto Rico. This area is still under rehabilitation due to Hurricane María’s impact.

Volunteer programs are available year-round at the Jobos Bay natural reserve. Subject to qualification, you may help this area under the program that focuses on the management of nature reserve’s trail system, among other volunteer programs.

Meeting Place’s Location: Municipality of Salinas

Administrator: Puerto Rico Natural and Environmental Resources Department as per a collaborative agreement with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


T. 787-853-4617


The previous list includes some of the eco-oriented recreations you may do in Puerto Rico. The December 2017 issue of ecotreasures online magazine includes a variety of articles regarding voluntourism opportunities in this island. Be an adventurer and explore Puerto Rico’s touristic offer.

tour provider: Yourself onto Eco
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where the crew ate: El Burén de Doña Chita
photograph by: Melba Ayala and N. Michelle Rodríguez

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all details with the pertinent businesses before planning your trip. Please be cautious. The company behind this publication assumes no responsibility for your safety when participating in the activities mentioned in this article. You are responsible for confirming whether you are capable of participating in any of these activities or tours, regardless of the effort level or any other information provided in this website.


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Michelle Rodríguez, San Juan, P.R.- “Locals and travelers have the opportunity to rediscover San Juan Bay Estuary’s lagoons and channels following Hurricane María’s impact on Puerto Rico. As you schedule ecotourism tours to see these bodies of water, you support the tour providers who strive on their mission to educate about the ecosystems and the culture and history of the communities near the ecotourism sites.”


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