All-Day Trip to Ponce
We'll start bright and early, heading inland on the trans-island expressway, through the lush green hills of the interior and across the Cordillera of mountains to the drier Caribbean side of the island to Ponce. Your tour will begin with a panoramic view of the Caribbean coast from El Vigia Hill, towering several hundred feet over the city of Ponce at the point where the central Cordillera starts to rise � it was from here that early residents scanned the horizon for pirates. Immediately below this look-out point is Serrall�s Castle, the baronial estate of Puerto Rico�s most powerful rum producing families, who produce Don Q Rum. You will actually tour this 'castle' which is a magnificent example of Span-ish Revival architecture popular in the 1920's and includes furnishings that date back to medieval Spain mixed in with what were then the 'modern' appliances of the early 20th century. You finish this segment of the tour actually feeling that you have met the members of the Serrall's dynasty.
Next you will head to the city's center that has been lovingly restored to its original turn of the century splendor and features a spacious tree-lined plaza, which encompasses the Cathedral and fanciful red and black Parque de Bombas (firehouse), which was imported from a world�s fair. Horse drawn car-riages are usually found at the square as well. Time will then be allowed for lunch at one of Ponce�s fine hotels (not included in price).
Following lunch you will stop at the Ponce Art Museum. The city of Ponce prides itself as the home of one of the region's finest art museums, featuring major works by great European masters such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and others. It is also the home of Sir Frederic Leighton�s Flaming June. The museum is housed in an architecturally visionary building comprised of hexagonal rooms, and designed by Edward Durrell Stone. From the museum you head back to San Juan and the 21st Century.
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Tuesday through Sunday
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