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Magazine Editor's Journal Notes

Voyage I

Volume I, Issue 1 (February 2016)

Welcome! We are thrilled to celebrate our first issue of ecotreasures online magazine in the fields of tourism, travel and entertainment.

Finally, after many years of hard work we are able to offer you the opportunity to read about wonderful ecotreasures as per your preferences and passion. You may read about environmental places, attractions, and resources and their ecosystem and diverse outdoor adventures, recreations and activities that revolve around the ecotreasures at hand. Likewise, you may read about other recreational and leisure places, attractions and activities.

The ecotreasures magazine also covers history and culture topics related to the destination covered per issue.

We are true believers that a destination’s natural resources and surroundings and its culture are one. Nature is represented by its ecosystem, which includes people, among other interacting organisms. Culture is represented by the local people. Nature as a whole and people cohabitate and depend on each other for their well-being. Thus, nature becomes part of the people and people become part of nature. As these intertwine, people represent nature and culture at the same time. The ecotreasures magazine strives to enlighten you with rich content about both topics.

As we render you ecotreasures content through our magazine, we encourage both the locals and the tourists to immerse in the natural surroundings and cultural amusements of the places visited, and the tourists to become travelers and interact with locals.

We have designed the ecotreasures online magazine in a user-friendly way that allows you to easily find the content of your interest depending on the type of adventures, recreations and activities you like or may be interested to discover for the first time. Check out the sections named “nature encounters”, “extreme adventures”, “water sports”, “agri-tourism”, “eco”, and “culture”. You also have the chance to learn about ecotreasures attractions, recreations and activities for kids under the “kids” magazine content pages.

Under the “eco” section, you will find content regarding attractions, places or environmental and natural resources where ecotouristic or environmental conservation and protection practices are implemented. Ecotourism not only involves these practices, but also builds appreciation for the cultural heritage related to the tourist attraction or place visited and fosters or supports economic development of the communities nearby the tourist attraction or place.

Take advantage of the information ecotreasures magazine brings at your fingertips not only while you read the main content of each article, but also the content displayed nearby. We invite you to browse the photo galleries of each article and dig into sub-sections named “ delve ! ”, “tips”, “what to bring”, and “where the crew ate”, among others, found at the sidebar of each article page.

For our first issue of ecotreasures magazine, we take you on a journey to the island of Puerto Rico, encompassing outdoor recreations and adventures at the southeast and north sides of this island as well as its countryside.

Enjoy reading the feature article: “Puerto Rico’’s ecotreasures” as well as the other explorations in this island.

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

Editor’s Journal Notes

Voyage 1

Volume 1, Issue 2 (March 2016)

As part of our celebration of the launching of ecotreasures website and magazine during February 2016, we decided to publish the magazine’s second edition on March. For the March issue, we continued our voyage to discover more about the island of Puerto Rico.

This issue’s articles bring you interesting information about what you may discover when you get curious and ask for more, such as in our hiking tour at El Yunque Rainforest, about the wonders of a precious canyon in the Municipalities of Barranquitas and Aibonito, and about the resulting effects of stand up paddleboarding in a beautiful huge lagoon.

Also, we continue narrating our experience at Hacienda Tres Angeles, providing you with detailed information about the processing of the coffee beans and further elaboration that is essential for the high quality and savory coffee that you may drink in such coffee plantation.

We also continue sharing our experience at the Museum of the Americas with respect to what we learned about Puerto Rican’s African heritage. Our kayaking eco-cultural experience in the Municipality of Loíza and a kids’ arts & crafts workshop in the Río Piedras Botanical Garden were a perfect combination of experiences to promote and honor Puerto Rican’s African heritage.

We encourage you to read our second magazine issue and become an ecotreasures patron.

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

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Volume 1, Issue 3 (June 2016)

For this issue, we continued our voyage in the island of Puerto Rico.

As you read about diverse outdoor recreations to experience in this island, you will learn how the natural resource of water tends to result in one of the main amenities. You have various options to appreciate this natural resource and the ecotreasures nearby, depending on your interests.

You may appreciate beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the flora next to the beach while biking on the Piñones Boardwalk nearby the metro area. Also, you will be able to discover a different habitat while biking on Piñones Forest trails.

To experience amazing underwater ecotreasures, you may dive at the western side of the island in waters nearby the city of Mayagüez. Learn how we unveil this location as a diving destination.

For those whose passion are extreme adventures, read about the wonders of a private forest in Arecibo Municipality and where the Tanamá River is the highlight.

To learn about a protected natural reserve where you may appreciate a variety of lagoons and channels, you may hike on the Humacao Nature Reserve trails. Besides an environmental interpretation provided by a local, you will learn about a landmark spot that was important for the island’s protection against enemy attacks during the Second World War.

This issue’s journey also involved a trip to the countryside of Puerto Rico where we admired the produce of a farm that implements ecological farming practices in Aibonito Municipality. We invite you to read about the edible flowers available at Siembra Tres Vidas Farm.

Also, we let you know how to cook the famous mofongo, an icon of Puerto Rico’s gastronomic culture. Read the recipe from a retired Puerto Rican chef that cooks the most delicious mofongo we have ever eaten!

As we recognize the importance of kids’ learning about the history behind a destination, we share a playdate experience at the San Juan National Historic Site’s Discovery Center.

Finally, our feature article illustrates how a visit to El Morro Fort’s landscape may revitalize you and your loved ones.

Enjoy ecotreasures!

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

Editor’s Journal Notes

Voyage 1

Volume 1, Issue 4 (September 2016)

This magazine issue’s articles cover places, activities, and projects that in one way or another have been established or achieved due to a common denominator: determination. Determined people are those who persevere to accomplish their goals. Determination is necessary to create special projects, beat the unknown, dare yourself or fulfill any dream.

Determined people made possible the protection of an area designated as the Inés María Mendoza Nature Reserve, an area that we discovered during our voyage in the island of Puerto Rico. This protected natural resource, also known as Punta Yeguas, is home of an impressive cassava plantation, a dream come true as a result of YUCAE Committee’s determination to establish the YUCAE Project’s agroecological farm.

Determination played a major role for the successful establishment of Casa Sol, a sustainable bed & breakfast lodging in Old San Juan. Casa Sol is located in the main historic district of Puerto Rico, also known as the Walled City. A limestone wall used to surround this old city as a result of the Spaniard’s determination to protect the city from foreigners’ attacks. The current remains of the wall are proof of such determination.

A key factor to achieve new activities or difficult outdoor recreations that require skills, courage or strength is determination. To overcome the challenges of Toro Salvaje tour in Toro Verde Park or to take a surf lesson for the first time and ride a wave requires the nonstop-attitude of determined people. Also, a child riding a horse (even if it is similar to a pony ride) is determined to ride the horse and enjoy the experience during the whole time.

Further, determination is sensed every step of the way as you walk on Calle Loíza, an urban street in the City of San Juan. Brave restaurateurs and entrepreneurs have placed bets on themselves and the revitalization of Calle Loíza.

We exhort you to read this issue’s articles to find out about the above-mentioned places, activities and projects.

Enjoy the ecotreasures discovery!

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

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Volume 1, Issue 5 (December 2016)

The explorations made by ecotreasures in Puerto Rico for purposes of this magazine’s issue resulted in one-on-one experiences with nature or nature-derived products, either per se or just by feeling.

You may feel such type of experience while volunteering to do a bird count in Luyando Farm, located in Puerto Rico’s Northern Karst Region, or hiking in Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve surrounded by very different ecosystems such as mangroves, wetlands, salt flats, a dry forest and the beautiful Jobos Bay on the southern side of the island. Likewise, an extreme adventure in a hidden private forest, located not too far from the Capital City, may allow you to feel part of the forest.

Also, we let you know how to indulge your senses by either savoring artisanal and organic pure dark chocolate produced on the western side of Puerto Rico, drinking a shot of an aromatic and flavorful alcoholic drink mainly made of coconut and known as “coquito”, or tasting one of the best coffees served in the island.

In addition, we specify beaches in Puerto Rico where surfer travelers may experience their one-on-one encounter with great surf breaks and waves, according to Puerto Rico’s champion and gold medalist surfer, Carlos Cabrero.

Kids also need to engage in special activities. We inform about our experience in the Bull Maze rope-course structure in Toro Verde, where we perceived kids’ joy as they overcame the challenging elements on their own.

Hope you like the ecotreasures topics covered in this magazine’s issue. Wish you the best for the New Year!

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

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Volume 2, Issue 1 (April 2017)

We all need to take a breather from daily tasks. This issue of ecotreasures magazine covers experiences and activities which essence is what you and everyone else long for: relaxation.

Whether you are planning your next getaway or are a local or traveler in Puerto Rico, you may like reading about leisure activities to do in this Caribbean island in order to finally unwind. For instance, driving on a panoramic route and visiting special spots in the Flower City, Aibonito, is a calm sightseeing trip. Enriching your knowledge as you walk in an agritourism spot in the City of Caguas and learn about alternative farming techniques and more, or as you visit a former sugarcane hacienda where you may be transported back to the 19th century, are other entertaining distractions to consider. If you wish to engage in a recreation in a place where kids may be enlightened in a tranquil environment, a guided hiking tour in the Santa Ana Forest is a great option.

For an all-around pampering experience, a sailing trip nearby the eastern side of Puerto Rico might be just what you need to schedule with the sailboat crew that exceeded our expectations. On the other hand, those who prefer to relax while engaging in an activity that requires physical effort, technical skills, and a calm state of mind, may be attracted to a tropical bird’s-eye-view at the top of Puerto Rico’s sport climbing spots.

In addition, good food is always an alternative for comfort. You may read ecotreasures feature article to find out about Puerto Rican coconut drinks and confections.

In order to have the privilege to peacefully distract while enjoying natural resources and their fruit, we all need to do our bit for the benefit of environmental conservation. We hope that you apply and share the basic eco-friendly guidelines listed in an article published in the eco section of ecotreasures magazine.

Read and learn about serene attractions that let you discover ecotreasures in Puerto Rico.

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

NOTICE:

The next issue of ecotreasures magazine has been postponed until August 2017 due to circumstances out of our control.

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

Voyage 1

Volume 2, Issue 2 (August 2017)

Memorable—that is the best word to describe the experiences or topics shared through this ecotreasures magazine’s issue.

We will never forget our camping adventure along with proficient campers in a hidden eco-friendly campsite surrounded by wonderful sceneries in the countryside of Puerto Rico, our volunteer experience at the Puerto Rico Manatees Conservation Center where we witnessed a true commitment to take care of rescued manatees, and a worldwide bodyboard champion’s glow and positive vibes as she gave a basic bodyboard lesson to a kid whose cheer and excitement was priceless.

A rock climber cherishes the rediscovery of a crag in Salinas, Puerto Rico, and resulting amazement. Likewise, we hold dearly the flavors of a baked red snapper which recipe we share, and a delicious “Boriquiche” savored at an agricultural market in Cayey, Puerto Rico.

We share some of our memories from scuba dive courses given by one of the most experienced instructors in the island of Puerto Rico, particularly basic dive principles that may contribute for a memorable scuba dive trip. Also, the current feature recognizes the importance of coral reefs, which beauty is worth remembering at all times.

This magazine’s issue is dedicated to two human beings who have dearly touched our lives, and whose legacy and personality will always be remembered. May you be present in our ongoing voyages to discover ecotreasures.

N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo

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