New regulations in Puerto Rico require that anyone paid to offer guiding service must be certified by local
Government.   When hiring a Guide, you should verify that the person is certified by the Puerto Rico
Tourism Board.  Groups visiting Puerto Rico should and must hire local Certified Tour Guides.
OUR STAFF consists of a group of professionals (Certified Tour Guides, Certified Interpretive
Guides, Certified Interpreters for the Hearing Impaired, Wildlife Biologists, Naturalists, and community
groups) that will make your dream vacation a real and unforgettable experience.
Owner (CITG, Birder, Master Naturalist Guide)
Not only she is the owner of AdvenTours, but one of the few Certified Interpretive Tour Guide and Trainer in Puerto Rico.  
Puerto Rico Tourism Company in the west of Puerto Rico, now known as Porta del Sol.

  • Certified Tour Guide by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, 1992.
  • Author of The Birds of the Archipelago of Puerto Rico, a practical guide for bird identification (December, 2014).
  • Small Business Award nominee by Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico (2014).
  • The ABC of Tour Guiding in Puerto Rico (January, 2015) - textbook for the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
  • Editor of the new digital magazine Revista HUELLAS (2014).
  • Author of Best Practices in Sustainable Tourism Workbook, 2006; Outdoor Recreation, 2007; Certification on
    Heritage Interpretation Techniques for Outdoor Adventure Kayak Guides, Student´s Workbook, 2008;
    Environmental Interpreter Certification, Student´s Workbook, 2012; Punta Tuna Wetland Nature Reserve
    Environmental Interpreters and Community Tourism Certification, Student´s Workbook, 2013.
  • Script for the new Ruta del Beato - walking tour in the city of Caguas based on the life of Carlos Manuel "Charlie"
    Rodríguez. Summer, 2013.
  • Script for Vereda Los Juyereros at Punta Tuna Wetland Nature Reserve - Natural Resources and Environmental
  • Curriculum revision and design/development of seven new specialization courses/syllabus for the associate
    degree in tour guiding for the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Fajardo Campus--this campus has been
    recently certified by the World Tourism Organization.
  • Trainer - Certification for Occupational Standard for Outdoor Adventure Kayak Guides, 2007.
  • Trainer - Certification on Heritage Interpretive Techniques for Outdoor Adventure Kayak Guides, 2008.
  • Member of USDA El Yunque Management Plan Revision Citizen Committee
  • Member of USDA Forest Southern Region´s Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, since 2007.
  • Member El Toro Wilderness Area Citizen Task Force, 2011.
  • Nominee for the 2006 CTO Ecotourism Award.
  • Interpretive Tour Guide Trainer since 1999.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide (NAI), 2003.
  • Green Globe Certificate of Proficiency, 2005 (Ecotourism Standards).
  • Green Globe Company Standards Training, 2006.
  • President/Founder of APIE (Puerto Rican Association of Interpretation and Education) since 2002.
  • President of the Tourism Educator Committee (APIE) since 2004.
  • Founder of ORO (Receptive Tour Operators of the West), 2002.
  • Member of the Municipality of Mayagüez Community Board, since 1997.
  • Member of the Transportation Committee of the Puerto Rico Tourism Board,since 2004.
  • Member/Secretary of the Hotel School of Guaynabo Assesor Board, 2005 - 2007.
  • Member of Porta del Sol Board - Education and Promotion Committee, 2006 - 2007.
  • Member of the Puerto Rico Tourism Board Council of Tour Guides since July, 2008 - 2013.
  • Member of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, 2009.
  • Coordinator of the Endemic Bird of Puerto Rico Festival, Christmas Bird Census (Maricao-Susúa, Vieques), and
    National Trails Day in Maricao, since 2002.
  • Volunteer of El Yunque CBC since 2000.
  • Consultant/volunteer of the Museum of Natural History of Puerto Rico Foundation, 2003 - 2004.
  • Coordinator of the National Congress of Tour Guides of Puerto Rico, since 2006.
  • Active participation in the development of laws related to the tour guide profession, ecotourism, sustainable
    tourism, and touristic transportation.
  • Hobbies:  photography, Yoga, reading.
charge of  Taíno Ceremonies, re-enactments, and talks.

The results of his test for Mitochondrial DNA with Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez Cruzado study revealed Martin´s native
origins belonging to Type C (haplogroup).  This Type C covers 35.7% of all Mitochondrial DNA of native origin in Borikén
(Puerto Rico).

Taíno women are the ones that elect the Cacike.  Due to the results of this DNA test, the women of the Concilio elected
Martín as their Cacike, Ca Ciba Opil,
Chief Sacred Rock of the Spirit.  

Martín is also an artisan and was recognized as the Artisan of the Year by the Puerto Rico Tourism Board in 2005.

We are honored to have Martín as part of our staff.
Taíno Heritage Consultant
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Producciones Bananín.
Prices might vary depending on gasoline prices at the time of the tour.  Please ask before booking any tour.
To my beloved Mother, my inspiration
during all my life, my Guide, and friend.
1928 - 2011
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