Fusion’s Jorge Ramos travels to Puerto Rico to explore the island’s culture, food, music and politics. Ramos ventures out and does everything a tourist is warned not to do — he visits the infamous La Perla community, dares to zip line on “the Beast,” and learns all about cooking pork. And when it comes to island politics, he quickly learns that being a territory of the United States is a touchy subject.
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Fly With “The Beast”
You can soar through the rainforest like Superman in Puerto Rico — that’s just what Jorge Ramos did! The island has one of the highest and longest zip-lines in the world– it’s called “The Beast” and it’s 900 feet high and about a mile long. It’s a very popular attraction at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park where hundreds of visitors come to brave it out each day.Jorge spoke with his guide Guillermo Pagán about the exodus of people who are moving to the mainland United States looking for better job and educational opportunities. But like Guillermo, many young Puerto Ricans remain hopeful and are moving back to the island to start new projects. Such is the case with Sofia Gallisá from non-profit arts organization Beta Local and entrepreneur Eric Garcia who is on the board of Hecho en Puerto Rico.More: How Puerto Rican migrants could swing the largest swing state
It’s almost impossible to find a Puerto Rican who can’t dance. Music is a big part of Puerto Ricans’ lives, but it’s not always all about the reggaeton. Jorge Ramos met Orquesta el Macabeo, punk rockers who are now taking it back to their roots — with salsa music. They have a unique look and and old-school tropical sound with lyrics that resonate with the island’s struggles. They tell it like it is.More: This band will restore your faith in salsa musicMore: Salsa legend Willie Colon reflects on the golden age of salsa