#RBQuests: Healing Waters and the BEAST in Puerto Rico

 

There are so many reasons to visit Puerto Rico but on March 27, 2014 I found a few more!

Ramon Hooping Agua de coamo
Hula Hooping with Ramon Gomez at Aguas de Coamo

It was hard for me to leave CopaMarina Resort and the great diving with Captain Frank but I did enjoy my day exploring new adventures. Our first stop was to Aguas de Coamo where I hula hooped with Ramon “Gato” Gomez of WAPA TV. He was filming the fountain of youth for the local program “Entre Nosotras.” Locals claim that these healing thermal waters were discovered by Ponce de Leon.

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Ramon and Lisa at the “Fountain of Youth”
Lisa’s bathing suit: Becca Swimwear, shorts: Adidas Outdoor

While Cameraman Ed Mariota and I were getting younger at Aguas de Coamo, the rest of the team was getting caffeinated with Sebastian Legner, Barista and entrepreneur at La Hacienda Pomerrosa.

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Richard Bangs and Sebastian Legner
Barista Squared, Puerto Rico

Ed and I continued our day with a different dose of adrenaline by visiting Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park and home of the second longest and highest zipline in the world. I had only ever been on one zipline before. A very tame family friendly zipline in Palau. I was a bit concerned about riding the Beast! A giant thank you to Roberto, Gabriel and Jose who took great care of me and although I was scared, I have to say I truly enjoyed it so much! It was like flying through the air like a bird! I would definitely go again!

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I really enjoyed riding the Beast at Toro Verde Adventure Park!

After all the excitement, it was time for some fine dining so we went to enjoy the fantastic Yellow Tail Snapper, Batata Mash and Papaya Avocado Salad at Jose Enrique‘s Restaurant in Santurce. Jose Enrique is listed as one of the top ten  Food and Wine Young Chefs of 2013. Read about him in the April 2014 Conde Naste Traveler and for his newest and fourth restaurant to open soon in Vieques! Definitely start your evening with their white sangria and Asian Swordfish Salad. I also really liked the Mamposteao (mixed rice and white beans, it was almost like risotto.)

Jose Enrique
Marian, Jose Enrique and Lisa

Did you read about our adventures all week long filming Puerto Rico with Richard Bangs and White Nile Media?Earlier this week: Old San JuanLivin’ La Vida LocaMeeting Sports Giants, and Adventures in Western Puerto Rico. Check back for all the stories and Go Pro underwater dive video as well as Go Pro video from the BEAST!  Follow along on our Tagboard (more below).

Thank you to everyone who assisted us and shared their stories with us! Lisa


 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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