Since the success of the song “Despacito”, tourists have been flocking to the popular neighborhood of La Perla in San Juan, on the island of Puerto Rico, where the clip of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee was shoot.
Before the release of the video of the famous reggaeton, people from all around the world were not in a hurry to venture into this poor neighborhood with a dubious reputation; consisting of small, blue and yellow houses with sea-oriented views.
Now, as soon as they arrive in the area, the first thing they ask the locals is: “Despacito?”
The locals then show them the direction towards these rocks that have become so famous since Luis Fonsi sang the chorus of the song, or to the wall where Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera danced.
“Thanks to this video I came here”, explained Jennifer Adams, a 28-year-old American teacher.
“I’ve seen the video so many times, I knew where I was supposed to go, I took pictures and tried to dance”, added the tourist.
Nearly 1,600 people live in what is considered as one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Juan; the economy dominated by drug trafficking despite the government’s efforts.
According to Telesurtv, tourism has increased by almost 50 percent this year as the popular song continues to dominate the charts.