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Hacienda Buena Vista

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Address: 8 Carr 123, Ponce 00728-2759, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: +1 787-722-5882
09:30 - 16:30
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Wed - Sun 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Come up to the mountains and follow the trail to the waterfall that gave...

Come up to the mountains and follow the trail to the waterfall that gave Hacienda Buena Vista its name. What used to be an important coffee plantation was also the scenario of a unique relationship between land, water and slavery. Today, at the heart of the former hacienda is a carefully restored historical site containing structures more than a century old and a hydraulic turbine that's the only one of its kind. Completely refurbished, the turbine is still powered by the water of Río Canas and serves as the main engine for other machines of the time. Spaces are limited, please reserve in advance online or by phone.

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Coffee lovers must see it.!

Mandatory stop when visit Ponce.! Great Puerto Rico Coffee history learned from that place. Coffee lovers must see it.! Be ready for walk and stay there a couple of hours. Enjoy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2015
Arnaldo B
Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

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Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

Mandatory stop when visit Ponce.! Great Puerto Rico Coffee history learned from that place. Coffee lovers must see it.! Be ready for walk and stay there a couple of hours. Enjoy it.!

Thank Arnaldo B
Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

this was a lot of fun and educational. the tour is only an hour but was packed full of fascinating information and the guide had a great way of presenting and connecting with the group.

Thank beth s
Gurabo, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Hacienda Buena Vista is coffee plantation, nestled in the mountain part of Ponce which is one of Puerto Rico's main cities, located on the south of the island. The place is beautiful and full of history. The 19th Century machinery in the Hacienda still works using water as power. Tour guides are very knowledgeable and may answer any questions the... More 

1 Thank CucaBori
Little Elm, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

This place is so beautiful, nestled in the mountains of Ponce, the view is beautiful and the temperature is cooler. Everyone is super NICE and knowledgeable about the history and the workings of this coffee plantation. They give you a sample of their own grown coffee. The tour takes about 90 minutes and you should bring some comfy shoes as... More 

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Bergenfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

Toured the Hacienda Buena Vista, a coffee plantation and estate in Ponce, Puerto Rico, established in the 19th century. The Hacienda is significant…First, it contains the only remaining example of the Barker hydraulic turbine (from West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, New York 1843) which was the first reaction type turbine ever made; second, it offers one of the best... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

It was educational, fun and beautiful. The big flour and coffee making machines from 1840s still work! They power them using big amounts of water as part of the tour! You also learn about the different plants, an orchid that makes vanilla and the history of agriculture in Puerto rico. Worth the trip!

Thank Laura R
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

I went with a friend and her little girl (6 years old) for the Cocoa Harvest tour. We had a blast! Our guide Ray was excellent. He showed us the Hacienda's main house and told the history of the family that lived there. After that, he explained the process for making the artisan chocolate produced in the Hacienda. We saw... More 

1 Thank Merlin318
Wallington, New Jersey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

You have to call a day before and make appointment. The English tour available only at 1 pm.I called day before at night, nobody picked the phone.Next day at 8 am,they told me the tour in English is canceled, because they have special event.

4 Thank basik60
Modesto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

Visited here with a tour group while vacationing in Puerto Rico. After visiting the historic plantation house which is interesting and atmospheric we had a very nice guided tour which took us on a nature trail to see the water system the farm used in their coffee production. As we walked along the trail we also walked next to the... More 

2 Thank MSWMom50
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

If you go to Puerto Rico, this is a must see! You begin to walk into the past! The presence of Vives, the original owner is always present! Thank you for preserving this jewel with love and pride to preserve the heritage!

1 Thank Minedga M

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