Discover Puerto Rico is offering live guided tours with Google Earth

Apr 29 2020, 1:42 pm

As we remain at home practicing physical distancing, Discover Puerto Rico, the destination’s marketing organization, is the first to educate and entertain virtual tourists by offering live guided tours across the island using Google Earth.

The tours will be led by Jorge Montalvo from Patria Tours and will consist of a series of three tours utilizing Google Earth for the duration of National Travel and Tourism Week, which is May 3 to 9.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Discover Puerto Rico (@discoverpuertorico) on

Although they may not be able to journey there right now, guests will feel as though they are experiencing the next best thing. With the live virtual tours, users can visit Puerto Rico’s many breathtaking natural wonders, “off the beaten path experiences,” and abundance of culture.

And it all comes with the real-life tour feel through having the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the guide as they go.

“With nearly 73 percent of Americans saying they miss travel, we want to continue offering travelers ways to vacation virtually,” Discover Puerto Rico CEO Brad Dean said in the official press release.

“Through these and other activations we’ve been offering, we’ve not only been able to keep Puerto Rico top of mind, reminding travelers of everything that will be waiting for them when the time is right to travel again, but it’s also given us the opportunity to highlight valued members of the local tourism industry.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Discover Puerto Rico (@discoverpuertorico) on

Each tour will last approximately 30 minutes. Those wishing to participate can do so through the Discover Puerto Rico Facebook page.

As previously mentioned, users will have three tours to choose from, all taking place at 5 pm EST (2 pm PST) on various dates.

First, on May 5, there is “Discover the natural wonders of Puerto Rico,” which guides the group through various stunning sites, including El Yunque, bioluminescent bays in Vieques, the famous “black sand beach,” Playa Negra, and the historic Cueva Ventana cave.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Discover Puerto Rico (@discoverpuertorico) on

Secondly, on May 8, tourists can journey off the beaten path and visit Ponce, the second-largest city in Puerto Rico. Additionally, they will also see the iconic surfing location of Rincón, as well as what has been rated as “one of the best beaches in the world,” Culebra and Flamenco Beach, Gilligan’s Island, and more.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Discover Puerto Rico (@discoverpuertorico) on

Finally, on May 13, tourists can go “Road-tripping across Puerto Rico,” and experience an abundance of beautiful cultural attractions. Such sites include breathtaking lighthouses as well as colonial buildings, such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal, which together make up a portion of the San Juan National Historic Site.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Discover Puerto Rico (@discoverpuertorico) on

Tourists will also see the Guajataca Tunnel, Cara del Indio, and more.

While not being able to travel right now is unfortunate, interactive digital experiences such as these provide a welcomed escape for travellers wishing to be virtually whisked off to a foreign land from the comfort of their homes.