Caguas Cultural Day Trip from San Juan Including Botanical Garden and Lunch

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Caguas Cultural Day Trip from San Juan Including Botanical Garden and Lunch information and booking

6 hours
Departs from
Tour departs from the San Juan Metropolitan Area; this includes Isla Verde, Condado, Old San Juan and Miramnar; guests staying in any other part of the city must arrive at a meeting point
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Tour departs between 9am and 9:30am
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Tour description provided by Viator

If you’re interested in learning about Puerto Rico’s cultural history, this day trip to the city of Caguas will delight you! Just 20 miles (32 km) south of San Juan, Caguas is home to two unique cultural activities that you’ll experience with a guide. At the Caguas Botanical and Cultural Garden, learn about Puerto Rican industry and indigenous culture with a walking tour of a sugar mill and an exhibit on the Taino people. Then walk the Route of the Creole Heart in the center of town to see several historical landmarks and visit three small cultural museums.

After pickup in San Juan, your day trip starts with the 30-minute drive south to Caguas by comfortable van or minibus. Head straight to the Caguas Botanical and Cultural Garden (Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas), your first stop of the day.More than just a space for flowers and other vegetation, the garden is home to an array of displays and exhibits that promote Puerto Rico’s natural and cultural history. With your guide, take a walking tour of an old sugar mill and re-created hacienda to learn about one of the Caribbean’s most important industries, and explore the Taino Ancestral Grove, which depicts the life of Puerto Rico’s indigenous group through art and artifacts. Plus, as this is a garden, you will admire the many varieties of native flora that make up the lush property. Stay at the garden to enjoy lunch at El Guariquitén, an on-site restaurant where your food — a typical Puerto Rican meal of rice, beans and meat — is cooked on an open-air wood stove. Sit down at one of the picnic tables to enjoy your lunch alfresco, and then head to your vehicle with your guide to continue your day trip. Your next stop is Caguas’ main square, known as Palmer Plaza, where you begin walking the Route of the Creole Heart (Ruta del Corazón Criollo), a route through central Caguas that takes you past several cultural and historical attractions, introducing you to the city’s historical and present-day culture. Pass by landmarks like City Hall (built in 1887) and Sweet Name of Jesus Cathedral (built in 1930), and visit three small museums along the way — the History Museum, Popular Arts Museum and Tobacco Museum. Your day trip ends with return to your original pickup location.

What's included

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or minibus
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (recommended)