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Hacienda Buena Vista

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Address: 8 Carr 123, Ponce 00728-2759, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 17877225882
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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Great history of Puerto Rico coffee

Worth the trip up the mountain to enjoy this place. Most interesting to see how everything is powered by water. Tour was very interesting how it included PR and agricultural... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the trip up the mountain to enjoy this place. Most interesting to see how everything is powered by water. Tour was very interesting how it included PR and agricultural history. Guide very knowledgable and friendly. Think should have included free coffee tasting though.

Thank jackal51
MelissaPLN, Reservations Leader at Hacienda Buena Vista, responded to this review

Hello visitor! The trip through the mountains is definitely part of the experience while visiting Hacienda Buena Vista. After the tour you can place pieces together of why they choose that specific location, which is pretty neat. We appreciate you taking the time in letting us know you enjoyed the tour and thank you for your suggestion of free coffee... More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is great for the whole family. Very good value as well. Thye tour was short enough not to dreain your day but long enough to feel like you had a decent time. Tour guide was excellent. Place is beautiful!!!

Thank ceciliagradick
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Is like traveling in time, when life was more simple. You will learn how the coffee was collected and processed thru water machinery. Thanks to places like Hacienda Buena Vista we can learn about our culture and about our heritage. Hope we never loss a place like this. Go enjoy the tour and dont forget to taste the coffee from... More 

Thank Jay G
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

The tour was interesting to see how they have converted this plantation. The information was good. Be sure to get very clear directions, as this place isn't the easiest to find. In fact we went about 15 minutes the wrong way before we figured that out. In the end, worth the trip once we got there.

Thank MSandersCarroll
Cayey, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Interesting place to know about history. The trip was interesting. My family and friend love it. It is a good place to be in touch with the nature.

Thank mia192009
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Enter through the original compound that comprises the farm and it's necessary buildings. Guided tour teaches you basics about coffee, how it's grown, harvested and sold. Beautiful grounds. Use of running water to power the 1890's processing machinery. They want you to schedule a tour, but if you show up, you can take your chances on getting a tour. Chance... More 

Thank Michael M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

If you like nature, Coffee plantation and lots of trees, a little creek with a few ponds, walk on a nice trail, i mean, complete nature, then this is your place. We took their Almost 2 hours tour and enjoyed every minute of It. Totally recommend It. Our tour Guide was very knowledgeable and made the time more interesting.

Thank MagdalenaSolorzano
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

I thought this was a tour for coffee processing, but it's more of an educational tour on earth conservation. So not what I th get it was. A nice tour still.

1 Thank David H
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

We enjoyed this visit but wouldn't rave about it. The family home and coffee processing equipment seemed to have been well renovated and it was interesting to see how people lived and the clever inventions they had used. Some farm animals were being kept as they were years ago. Observing the machinery in operation (even if just briefly) was interesting.... More 

1 Thank BLCinti
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

A restored, fully functioning coffee farm and gringing mill. All equipment runs on hydro power! The tours are interesting with amazing history and a walking tour to show the way water ran through the different buildings to make all the machinery work and then a return to the river. The tours are done in English and Spanish. It was very... More 

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