Take a deep dive into the culture and history of Puerto Rico on this educational and fun 6-hour day trip to Caguas, home to numerous museums and landmarks that will give you the perfect overview of the diverse groups that populate this island nation.
Begin your day with a pickup in San Juan between 9 and 9:30am, proceeding onwards by van or minibus to Caguas, about 30 minutes south. Your first stop of the day is the Botanical and Cultural Garden, home to a variety of exhibits not only on the island’s lush plant life, but also Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage. You’ll also visit a historic sugar mill on site, providing an overview of one of the area’s most important industries, and then see the Taíno Ancestral Grove, with art and memorabilia detailing the group’s heritage.
Finish your visit to the garden with lunch at El Guaraquitén, where you’ll enjoy a traditional meal of rice, beans and meat prepared over a wood stove. Grab a seat at one of the nearby picnic tables to enjoy your meal, then head back to the vehicle for the next stop.
Proceed next to Palmer Plaza, the main square of Caguas, to start walking the Route of the Creole Heart (Ruta del Corazón Criollo) which continues past the most important monuments in town and provides an overview of its recent history and current culture. See the City Hall, constructed in 1887, and Sweet Name of Jesus Cathedral, from 1930, before checking out three museums, including the Tobacco Museum, Popular Arts Museum and History Museum.
Your tour concludes with a return trip to your San Juan hotel.