Saint John, 12 Jan. The Spanish woman named Puerto Rico, who is on the Caribbean island invited by the local tourism authorities, told EFE that she “feels like someone famous” being recognized by the population.
The woman from Extremadura, who is called Puerto after the Virgin of Puerto from the town of Plasencia where she is from and whose last name is Rico, assured that she was shocked that even on the plane on the way to Puerto Rico the passengers recognized her.
The woman participated in the “El Cazador” program on Spanish Television, in which she mentioned that she wanted to travel to the Caribbean island that bears her name and to her surprise the Puerto Rican tourism authorities invited her to Puerto Rico.
“Not even in my wildest dreams would I have imagined all this,” Rico stressed to EFE during a telephone interview, adding that he is really enjoying the island, the gastronomy and the hospitality of Puerto Ricans.
For now, what has caught his attention the most is Old San Juan, the colorful colonial neighborhood of the Puerto Rican capital, because it reminds him of many cities in Spain.
He also stressed that after the visit, his daughter wants to move to Puerto Rico because “she has found her place.”
She also stressed that she was surprised by the coquí, an amphibian native to the island that symbolizes Puerto Rico and whose characteristic sound is heard at sunset.
The local authorities gave Rico, who traveled accompanied by her husband and two daughters, a stuffed animal of this characteristic animal that she called “Javi”.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (CTPR), Discover Puerto Rico and other entities have made the trip possible, which began last Monday and ends this Saturday.
The tourist attractions selected for Rico to enjoy the visit have been the island of Culebra, the El Yunque National Forest, Old San Juan and the Toro Verde park, among others.
“Since her participation in the program we have been intrigued by her story. I think we are all honored and very curious that his name evokes our island,” Brad Dean, Discover Puerto Rico’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
For his part, the executive director of the CTPR, Carlos Mercado, expressed his hope that Rico “with the positive energy and charisma that characterizes her” will become an ambassador for the island and motivate her family, friends, and community to plan your next vacation in it.