10 Ways to Get to Know Puerto Rico at ETI
A highlight of this May’s International Tourism Expo (ETI) Puerto Rico taking place in San Juan is the opportunity not only for education but for destination immersion.
This is the first time an international tourism expo is being held in the Caribbean for travel agents from all over the world — and to help agents make the most of their journey, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, in partnership with local tour operators, have come up with more than 10 different ways to explore the island.
In case you are having difficulty deciding what to do, we have compiled some of the best:
Architectural Tour “Origins of Old San Juan”
History buffs and architecture enthusiasts will love exploring Old San Juan with a local architect and preservation expert, Karen Gonzalez-Jensen, who will share her more than 20 years of studying, identifying and protecting this almost 500-year-old city.
El Yunque National Rainforest Hike
Explore the United States’ only tropical rainforest and its diverse ecosystem on a hike to one of its stunning waterfalls and a swim. The rainforest receives more than 100 billion gallons of rainfall each year that come in brief “rainbow showers” on an almost daily basis.
Old San Juan Culinary Tour
Finally, a tour you can sink your teeth into. Join a three-hour signature food tour of Old San Juan that will combine iconic Puerto Rican cuisine with history, architecture and an easy walk through the streets. You will need the stroll as participants dine at five restaurants along the way.
Old & New San Juan Historical & Shopping Tour
Learn to shop like a pro on a tour that combines the old and the new. Learn about the Puerto Rico of today in this modern shopping mecca before heading to Old San Juan and strolling the cobblestone streets, flower-filled plazas, museums, cathedrals and more as well as the finest jewelry boutiques, clothing stores and art galleries in search of the perfect treasures to take home.
Culture and Adventure
Take some time to learn about two different sides of San Juan. Start with a city tour of Caguas, following the Route of the Creole heart and journeying to he Herminio Torres Tobacco Museum, Caguas Art Museum, Popular Arts Museum. Then get set for adventure on the Gurabo Stand Up Paddle & Zipline Adventure.
Enjoy a two-hour trail ride through the countryside, along the banks of the Mameyes River. Bilingual guides escort this journey suitable for both the experienced and beginner riders – the best part is that there’s a chance to take a dip in the beautiful river along the way.
ATV Rainforest Low-Lands Adventure
Looking for a thrill ride? Well, jump on the back of an ATV and get ready for an adventure. Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Puerto Rico's east coast as you follow guides on an adrenaline-filled journey through lush farmlands, hills and river waters.
Adventure Eco-Tour – Body Rafting, Caving, Rappeling & Hiking
Get ready for a day of exploration with this in-depth adventure tour. You will hike through the mountains, rappel down through the top of a cave, explore a river cave and body raft along the river. The tour explores the island’s karst and allows guests to see the world of its wild limestone caves.
Bacardi Rum Distillery & Old San Juan
Take a sip of this island’s heritage at the Bacardi Rum Distillery. You will see the process of distilling rum, the history of the drink and, of course, sample some tasty rum drinks along the way, all followed by a tour of Old San Juan.
Rain Forest Zipline Adventure Tour – East
Nine zip lines increase in difficulty as you experience the local flora and fauna from on high. Soar over the jungle landscapes and sail through the trees as you witness the beautiful views from atop the forest’s canopy.
These are just a sampling of what you can do while you attend ETI – and are in addition to a number of important learning opportunities that have been crafted by expo organizers to help agents maximize commissions, do more business and make more money. The cost for these programs is also included in full-price conference registrations, so really the choice is yours as to what to do. Remember to sign up early to get the tour that you want.
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