Experience Puerto Rico at home this weekend

Posted by Anita Froneman on 27 March 2020

As the country is settling in and people rearranging their lives in line with the nationwide lockdown, travellers and outdoor lovers are a bit stumped on how to get their fix.

Fear not! In the digital age, even though it’s not quite the real deal, there are many ways to have awesome experiences in the meantime during lockdown.

Discover Puerto Rico is bringing the best of this island nation right into your home. ‘Dance salsa, make cocktails and cook authentic Puerto Rican cuisine this Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, 2020 to extend the joyful spirit of Puerto Rico’s culture,’ the tourism marketing agency said in a statement.

‘We take great responsibility in helping stop the spread of COVID-19, so we’re not encouraging travellers to visit us right now as everyone needs to stay safe in their homes. Instead, we want to extend an important part of our culture – our salsa music and dancing, our mixology and our delicious cuisine – to uplift people during these challenging times. We encourage travellers to daydream about our Island now and consider a visit later, when the time is right. In the meantime, we’re excited to join them in their living rooms for this virtual getaway,’ said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.

Unfortunately for virtual travellers, the 6-hour time difference will result in having to stay up at unusual hours or set an alarm to attend these events live, but you can always watch it later as the video streams should remain on the various channels used.

Here’s what to look forward to:

Salsa Lesson at 2 am CAT on 28 March

Cocktail Making at 1 am CAT on 29 March

Puerto Rican Cooking Class at 1 am CAT on 30 March

To see where to join each of these classes (including Zoom and Instagram Live), view here.

Other places are also using this renewed reliance on going digital to their advantage. Luxury holiday accommodation, Six Senses, is helping people to maintain their mental and physical health during the time of isolation many countries face. The group has hotels, wellness resorts and spas across Asia and Europe, as well as some countries in the Middle East and Africa.

The programme, called At Home With Six Senses, includes helpful articles, video tutorials, recipes, meditation sessions and workouts on their site and social media channels. Visitors to the site can select a category of choice: Mindfulness, Eat, Sleep, Spa, Move and Grow.

‘Mindfulness cultivates our ability to live in the present, to become more aware, to listen better and to appreciate what we have in life thanks to paying more attention,’ they say on their website. ‘It’s like having a coach who helps you foster a healthier relationship with your feelings and thoughts no matter what comes your way.’

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Image: Instagram/DiscoverPuertoRico



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