In October, 1992, Excursiones Guariquén was born
in the western coast of Puerto Rico. We chose the
word "guariquén" because in Arawak language it
means "look" or "come here and see".

Pioneers in this region, the initial objective of our
company was the development of a new and  
responsible way of doing tourism towards the
exploring and recognition of the natural history of our
area and our Taíno roots.  We started catering the
needs of locals with a complete program of tours and
expeditions departing from Mayagüez.  Nevertheless,
ADVENTOURS operates tourism that fosters understanding, appreciation
and conservation of the culture and environments of our country.  We
operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.  Our efforts
are focused in the direct economic benefits that the community will have
and the contribution to environmental and cultural conservation
awareness.  We aim to operate beyond best practice guidelines and will be
monitoring our operations continuously.  

ADVENTOURS has been heavily involved in building professional
associations (tour guides and tour operators), a policy that has led to the
future implementation of guidelines for tour guides and tour operators
through the
Best Practices Committee of the Puerto Rican Association of
Interpretation and Education, Inc. (
APIE).
OUR STAFF consists of a group of professionals (Certified Tour Guides,
Certified Interpretive Guides, Certified Interpreters for the Hearing
Impaired, Wildlife Biologists, Naturalists, and community groups) that will
make your dream vacation a real and unforgettable experience.  For more
information on our staff,
please visit this link.
  • Asociación Puertorriqueña de Interpretación y Educación, Inc.
    APIE (President/Founder, Puerto Rican Association of
    Interpretation and Education, Inc.)
  • Operadores Receptivos del Oeste (President/Founder, Receptive
    Tour Operators of the West)
  • BirdPal
  • The International Ecotourism Society
Since we coordinate several bird counts, our administrative office is closed during
Christmas:  
December 14 through January 14.  To book a tour during those dates,
you must reserve at least one month in advance.

Due to the number of people visiting El Yunque National Forest during the
Holy
Week/Weekend
(Wednesday through Sunday, including Good Friday and Easter)
and the
month of July (we have four holidays, July 4, July 17, July 25, and July 27),
we DO NOT OFFER tour to El Yunque other than the Night Hike and/or Taíno
Ceremony.  Access to the Forest is limited and we cannot guarantee the quality on
those days.

All other reservations, specially Laguna Grande Kayak Adventure, should be made
at least and pre-paid three weeks in advanced to guarantee the spaces and it is
only sold combined with El Yunque National Forest.  Payments during those dates
are
non-refundable.
AdvenTours is a small company offering private tours to individuals and
small groups with low-impact activities.  We aim at all times to adhere to
the following code in our operations:

  • Promoting tourism that is economically productive, socially
    responsible and environmentally friendly
  • Encouraging considerate, culturally and environmentally
    conscious habits amongst those who travel with us
  • Involving local population in our tourism projects and offerings
  • Providing regular training to our staff in the principles and
    practices of responsible tourism
  • Encouraging continuing education to our staff
  • Ensuring that our guides, interpreters, and leaders pass on to our
    clients an insight and understanding of our country.
  • Insisting that our business partners meet our own high
    environmental and social standards, and that, where necessary,
    they receive training to improve their understanding of the issues.
CODE OF PRACTICE
STORY OF THE COMPANY
AFFILIATIONS
MISSION STATEMENT
Due to changes in the cost of gasoline and diesel, the price of some tours could
vary.  Please ask before booking.
Hilda Morales, Owner
our commitment with the region gained us islandwide reputation with the
creation of "
La Ruta del Café" and birding trips, which we have been
offering since 1992.

One year later, AdvenTours was born in 1993 as a result of the requests we
had for soft adventure tours from international travelers.  We kept our
operation small to guarantee the quality of our service, catering individuals
and small groups.

We expanded our wings in 1997 offering our tour guide service to the hotels
located from San Juan to Fajardo.  In 2001, we established a partnership
with the US Forest Service and by 2002 we opened a seasonal office in
Luquillo in order to offer
night hikes at El Yunque.   A complete line of
EcoYoga Tours was introduced.  

We were recognized in 2003 by United Who´s Who.

As part of our corporate social responsibility, in 2007 we started training our
partners in the east region.  With a collaborative agreement between APIE
and the University of Puerto Rico, local residents of the Northeastern
Ecological Corridor were certified in heritage interpretive techniques, a
special training for Outdoor Adventure Kayak Guides.   

In September, 2014, we signed a contract for five years with the Authority
for the Redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads (old Naval Station) in order to
offer birdwatching, nature and heritage tours on foot, by vehicle, and by
bicycle.  Our proposal includes an environmental component that will be
coordinated through the Puerto Rican Association of Interpretation and
Education, Inc. (APIE).  We also signed a collaborative agreement with
Para La Naturaleza, an unit of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, which
adds value to our environmental education program.

Twenty three years later, our initial objective is still alive, to offer a high
quality service on all our personalized tours.
ULEV
Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
C.A.R.B. Certified
BIN5-EPA Certified
COMPANY STANDARDS
Partners - Guides and Leaders
Whenever possible, we provide employment opportunities to residents of the
regions covered by AdvenTours, henceforth, economic benefits go directly to
local businesses and people.  Nothing better than a local insider to provide
the necessary insight of the region to visitors.  Tour leaders are trained in
low-impact sustainable tourism travel best practices.
 
Partners - Accommodations and Meals
We sponsor small hotels, paradores, and guest houses locally owned.  We
support local economy by eating in restaurants and
mesones within the
region where our services are offered.  
Partners - Transportation
We promote activities in the outdoors, such as hiking, birding, kayaking,
camping, and biking.  Transportation is provided upon client´s request using
local transportation operators.
 
Group Size
Most of our private tours are offered to individuals or small groups, in this
way, we minimize both environmental and negative social impact.  Tour
packages are kept to 6 - 12 passengers.  We encourage tour wholesalers
and travel agents to keep the size of their groups to a minimum.

Sustainable tourism approach on larger groups - There are occasions when
larger groups require our services, such as cruise ship passengers
traveling as a group.  We provide them with tour alternatives where the
carrying capacity has been established by municipal, state or federal
agencies in charge of the sites or museums to be visited.  
ADVENTOURS s a small company offering private tours to individuals and
small groups with low-impact activities.  We aim at all times to adhere to the
following code in our operations:

  1. Promoting tourism that is economically productive, socially
    responsible and environmentally friendly
  2. Encouraging considerate, culturally and environmentally conscious
    habits amongst those who travel with us
  3. Involving local population in our tourism projects and offerings
  4. Providing regular training to our staff in the principles and practices
    of responsible tourism
  5. Encouraging continuing education to our staff
  6. Ensuring that our guides, interpreters, and leaders pass on to our
    clients an insight and understanding of our country.
  7. Insisting that our business partners meet our own high
    environmental and social standards, and that, where necessary,
    they receive training to improve their understanding of the issues.
Bird Counts
Through the Puerto Rican Association of Interpretation and Education, Inc.
(
APIE) we have been coordinating three Christmas Bird Counts:  Maricao /
Sabana Grande, Mayagüez, and Vieques Island.  Although these are
celebrated within the time period of the Audubon CBC, these are not
considered official CBC.  Nevertheless, our goal is to provide the
experience to the general public, at the same time that Tour Guides can
improve their bird watching techniques.  Data is collected and share with
coordinators, volunteers, and site officials.

Official Audubon CBC celebrated in Puerto Rico are:  San Juan Estuary,
Caño Tiburones, Cabo Rojo, and Fajardo, which included Ceiba and El
Yunque National Forest.
Puerto Rican Association of Interpretation and Education (APIE, Spanish)
Christmas Bird Count - Maricao State Forest

Read the report written by two of the volunteers at the 2006 CBC Maricao State Forest
activity,
here,and here.

Jennifer Rycenga and Peggy Macres  
(December 23, 2007)
Mayagüez Christmas Bird Count
December 5, 2015

Maricao Christmas Bird Count
December 6, 2015

Vieques Christmas Bird Count
January 8 - 9 , 2015

CALL OR DROP US AN EMAIL FOR DETAILS!!!
JOIN US!
Other Bird Counts

December 20, 2015
Roosevelt Roads - Ceiba
2015 - 2016
We invite you to leave your footprints on our path.
CONTACT US

Administrative Office Hours (Atlantic Time)
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Monday - Friday

Mailing address
PO Box 1894
Luquillo, PR 00773
Read Terms and Conditions.

Phone & Voice Mail
(787) 530-8311

preguntame [at] adventourspr [dot] com
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Producciones Bananín.
Important Dates [Revised April 2, 2010.]
100% of your price is spent locally, not abroad.
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Updated September 13, 2015.
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