About this Site


As many of you already know my name is Magaly Rivera, I was born in Puerto Rico.

In 1994, I was living in Illinois and going to school. I was taking a Geography class, among other classes. We were assigned to write a country report. My first idea was to research about another country other than Puerto Rico, one which I did know very little or nothing about. But soon determined that nobody else would be able to provide as complete of a report about the island than me. Who can do it better than a native Puerto Rican? Who knew the island better than me? While at the same time, I was excited to learn few new things about Puerto Rico. After all, I considered myself "a tourist". I learned and I keep learning. There are so many places and things to do. So, I submitted my report and the result was very pleasing. I obtained a 100% with a note from the professor congratulating me for a job well done. HURRAY!

In early 1995, I transferred the content of my report into the first page I published about Puerto Rico, it was a plain and simple page, a one page web site. Back then my intent to was learn and practice HTML. Soon after, I started receiving hundreds of e-mails with corrections and thank you notes, encouraging me to continue to work on this web site.

Magaly Rivera at El Morro
Photo from my last trip to the island in 2010.
It is time to go back!

So, I did... and I do. Today, Welcome to Puerto Rico! is the oldest continuously operating web site about Puerto Rico.

I would like to thank to Mr. Jose Pietri from Hewlett-Packard of Puerto Rico and to Professor Peter Y. Johnson from the Technology Institute of Illinois for allowing to use the photos from their respective web sites and complement the collection of photos that makes this web site unforgettable. In addition, I can't forget Proyecto Coqui in Puerto Rico for providing photos and sounds files about the coqui. Thank you!

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Did You Know?

The world famous drink, the Piña Colada was invented in a house on Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan and that its main ingredient Coco Lopez was invented by Ramon Lopez Irizarry.