Travel with Hare Krishna youth ages 17-29 on an adventure tour across the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, two Caribbean islands, from December 14, 2019, through January 5, 2020. We’ll participate in four Ratha-yatra festivals, several Harinamas, kirtan events at temples and yoga studios, and do some volunteer service (dhama seva) at the Puerto Rico temple and at a devotee Eco Farm, helping with landscaping, gardening and renovations. We’ll also hike in jungles, rain forests, and swim at waterfalls, lagoons and beaches. Build lifelong friendships with Hare Krishna devotee peers and make memories together. Limited space. Tour cost will be $550 USD not including airfare. If you’re interested, fill out the online application form:
We’ll spend two weeks in the Dominican Republic, and nine days in Puerto Rico. Here’s our tentative schedule (subject to changes):
DEC 13 FRI – Arrivals in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
DEC 14 SAT – Sight-seeing in Santo Domingo. Second day for arrivals. Evening getting-to-know-each-other group activities.
DEC 15 SUN – morning drive to Puerto Plata, 4 hours north, on the other side of the island. Afternoon Ratha-yatra festival in Puerto Plata. We’ll be staying in an AirBnB here for two nights.
DEC 16 MON – Morning program. Day at the beach (Sosua). Evening kirtan program.
DEC 17 TUE – Morning program together. Drive to Santiago. Ratha-yatra festival in Santiago. Evening at an AirBnB in Jarabacoa.
DEC 18 WED – Adventure activity in Jarabacoa. Evening at AirBnB.
DEC 19 THU – Adventure activity in Jarabacoa. Evening drive back to Santo Domingo.
DEC 20 FRI – Santo Domingo, laundry, service at the temple, possible evening Harinama.
DEC 21 SAT – Santo Domingo Ratha-yatra festival
DEC 22 SUN – Santo Domingo – Harinama in the old historic downtown, sight-seeing, and Sunday Feast
DEC 23 MON – Drive to Las Terrenas, Samana, a beach town in the northeast of the island. We’ll be staying at an AirBnB near the beach. Secret Santa gift shopping at local markets.
DEC 24 TUE – Sunrise Japa on the beach. Daytime adventure activity in the area. Evening Secret Santa gift exchange.
DEC 25 WED – Sunrise Japa on the beach. Daytime adventure hike to a waterfall in the jungle. Evening kirtan program.
DEC 26 THU – Drive back to Santo Domingo, with adventure activity along the way.
DEC 27 FRI – Travel day, inter-island flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Laundry. Evening at Puerto Rico ISKCON temple, where we’ll be staying for the next few nights.
DEC 28 SAT – Ratha-yatra preparations and group service projects at the temple to help with renovations, landscaping. Late afternoon Harinama in Old San Juan.
DEC 29 SUN – Ratha-yatra festival in San Juan
DEC 30 MON – Morning group service project, renovating and landscaping the ISKCON Puerto Rico temple. Afternoon at a beach.
DEC 31 TUE – Hiking in El Yunque National Rain Forest. Evening New Year’s Eve kirtan program at the temple.
JAN 1 WED – Drive across the island to Plenitud Eco Farm, run by devotees.
JAN 2 THU – Service learning project, volunteering on the organic farm, planting, mulching, weeding. Evening kirtan program.
JAN 3 FRI – Service learning project at the Eco Farm. Mid afternoon cool-down in the local river. Evening kirtan program.
JAN 4 SAT – Adventure activity, hiking to and swimming near a series of cascading waterfalls in the jungle, before driving across the island, back to the temple. Evening kirtan program at a yoga studio, followed by a group gathering to reflect on the tour, share memories, and say our goodbyes.
JAN 5 SUN – Flights home. Sunday Feast at the temple.
JAN 6 MON – Remaining Flights home.
Other upcoming ISKCON youth and youth-friendly events around the world:
South America 2020
Radha Krishna Camp for Teens ages 12-16, Govardhana Eco Village, Brazil, January 20-26, 2020. Information at their website:
Bus Tour Australia 2020 – mid January
Kulimela in October of 2020.
North America 2020
25th Anniversary Bus Tour, June, July, August 2020. Two and a half months epic bus tour following the Ratha-yatra Festival of India across the USA and Canada, visiting dozens of temples and all the best scenic stops, national parks, and adventure activities along the way. 50 youth, two buses, the best of the best of 25 years of bus tours packed into one iconic road trip.
Contact us for more information on any of the above.