El Vigía

El Vigía information

Ponce , Puerto Rico
17 El Vigía
+1 787 259 3816
admission $4
Opening hours
9am-5:30pm Tue-Sun
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It doesn’t really compare with the hilltop cross in Rio de Janeiro, but the 100ft reinforced-concrete Cruceta El Vigía looking over Ponce is one of the city’s more reliable points of orientation. The site was first used for a similar purpose in the 19th century, when the Spanish Crown posted lookouts here to watch for smuggling along the coast. Today, the site is on shared grounds with the Museo Castillo Serrallés and a scrubby Japanese garden, but it still offers an expansive view. The $4 elevator ride to the top is optional; the view is probably better in the open air at the base, without the hazy obstruction of worn Plexiglas windows. A combined ticket with Museo Castillo Serrallés costs $9.50.