Ponce City Tour & Hacienda Buena Vista
Puerto Rico’s 2nd largest city, also known as “The Pearl of the South” dating back to the 17th century and has been declared a national treasure. Come capture the vibrant culture, the neoclassical facades, and the intrinsic blue of the coasts.
Castillo Serralles in Ponce or Serralles Castle to give its English translation is the Grand House that rum built. The house was built back in the 1930’s by the Serralles family who made their money growing sugar cane, running a sugar mill and producing fine Puerto Rican rum. They chose to build their house on a hill giving spectacular views of the city of Ponce, the Caribbean Sea and more.
You will also visit “Parque de Bombas”, a red-and-black striped historic fire station which is Puerto Rico’s 1st Firehouse and Hacienda Buena Vista.
Hacienda Buena Vista offers history and nature lovers an exceptional experience back through time, as charming as it is informative. Nestled in the northernmost mountain region of Ponce, these 80 acres of humid, subtropical forest are maintained by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico and recreate the coffee plantation founded here by Salvador Vives in mid-1800’s.
Structures such as the family’s two-story home and a coffee storehouse have been carefully restored to their original state, with authentic family belongings and production machinery on display. One such mechanical marvel is the hydraulic turbine, an important feature that has been designated an historic monument for being the only known model of this type to have survived the age.
What to bring or wear?
- Comfortable clothing
- Closed toe shoes or hiking shoes
Minimum: 6 guests.