In Puerto Rico we say “hola”

Which means “hello.” Let’s explore this beautiful Island and the many cultural treasures you should know! From the historical streets of San Juan and its famous “El Morro” fort to bomba music and salsa dancing, arroz con gandules and pasteles, and the fascinating bioluminescent bay in Vieques, there is a reason why Puerto Rico is called “La Isla del Encanto” (the Island of Enchantment).

Known as a symbol of freedom and independence, Puerto Ricans have looked to their flag when times get tough. The blue triangle represents the three branches of Puerto Rico’s government, as well as the water that surrounds the island! The red stripes serve as reminders for those who fought for Puerto Rico’s independence, while the white stripes stand for victory and peace.
Though Puerto Rico is small, it has a rainforest, mountains, desert, as well as 7 miles of underground caves. You can find all types of birds, reptiles, bats, and spiders, but the Coquí frog is best known as Puerto Rico’s unofficial mascot! Unlike some frogs that go “ribbit” the Coquí frog goes: “Co-kee! Co-kee!” which is how it got its name. In the Puerto Rican rainforest, El Yunque, there are 13 known species of Coquí frog.
Puerto Ricans have many different delicious traditional foods, with common ingredients like plantains, rice, and pork. Popular dishes like Mofongo, Tostones, Pernil, Pasteles, and Arroz con gandules can often be found on many Puerto Rican dinner tables.

The Tiny Travelers “Treasure Quest” Series takes its readers on a fun-filled journey to discover what makes each country special with search-and-find features on every spread.

In Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico Treasure Quest, readers journey from the historical city of San Juan with its famous “El Morro” fort, to the beautiful bioluminescent bay in Vieques. Tiny Travelers will enjoy getting closer to Puerto Rican culture, and seeing why it is called “La Isla del Encanto” (the island of enchantment).

Each illustrated spread invites children to discover hidden “treasures” – icons, animals, statues, instruments and more – that make up the rich cultural heritage of Puerto Rico.