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

San Juan, Caribbean

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Immerse yourself in the cultural history of Puerto Rico during this half-day tour to historic Caguas with lunch and visits to its major attractions. Situated just 20 miles (32km) south of San Juan, Caguas is home to a number of intriguing sights, including its Botanical and Cultural Garden, along with its restored sugar mill.  Listen as your guide teaches you about Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taíno people, and take a walking tour on the Route of the Creole Heart. The day also includes all entrance fees and round-trip transportation from San Juan hotels.
  • Day trip from San Juan to Caguas
  • Visit the Caguas Botanical and Cultural Garden to see native flowers and other plant life
  • Learn about Puerto Rico’s sugar cane industry and its Taino indigenous group through fascinating re-creations and displays
  • Follow your guide along the Route of the Creole Heart in central Caguas
  • Pass by landmarks like City Hall and Sweet Name of Jesus Cathedral
  • Visit three small museums dedicated to history, popular arts, and tobacco
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan or minibus
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup only available from major hotels in San Juan including the following areas: Condado, Old San Juan, Miramar and Isla Verde. Guests staying out of these areas may meet us at a designated meeting location.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Take a deep dive into the culture and history of Puerto Rico on this educational and fun day trip to Caguas, home to numerous museums and landmarks that give you the perfect overview of the diverse groups that populate this island nation.

Begin your day with a hotel pickup in San Juan, proceeding onwards by van or minibus to Caguas. Your first stop of the day is the Botanical and Cultural Garden, home to a variety of exhibits not only on the island’s lush plant life but also Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage. You also visit a historic sugar mill on-site, providing an overview of one of the area’s most important industries, and then see the Taíno Ancestral Grove, with art and memorabilia detailing the group’s heritage.

Proceed next to Palmer Plaza, the main square of Caguas, to start walking the Route of the Creole Heart (Ruta del Corazón Criollo) which continues past the most important monuments in town and provides an overview of its recent history and current culture. See the City Hall, constructed in 1887, and Sweet Name of Jesus Cathedral, from 1930, before checking out three museums—the Tobacco Museum, Popular Arts Museum, and History Museum.

Your tour concludes with a return trip to your original pickup location.
Stop At:  
Jardin Botanico y Cultural William Miranda Marin
Address Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas William Miranda Marín Carr. 156 Km. 56 Bo. Cañabón Caguas, PR, 00726 East Map VISIT WEBSITE Map GET DIRECTIONS Facebook Instagram TripAdvisor Caguas Botanical Garden is known for its history and natural beauty. It is considered as an archaeological site. Tropical plants, endemic plants and artworks are part of this tropical treasure. There is a small lake offering a panoramic view of the Botanical Garden
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Plaza Palmer
Caguas Recreation Plaza has been around since the 1814s. It has an idea of a passive recreation area and park with elements such as fountains, aviary, a carousel and kiosks. It has been maintained as the main public space of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesus
Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesús, is a cathedral of the Catholic Church in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It is located on the Plaza Palmer in the center of town. It is known that the chapel was built prior to 1645. Into the 18th century, the chapel was used for holding religious services. Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesús is the seat of the Diocese of Caguas. The patron saint of the church, as well as that of the city, is the Dulce Nombre de Jesús.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Caguas Tourism Office
Welcome meet and greet by the Tourism Department in Caguas, followed by a briefing of the destination.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo del Tabaco Caguas
Herminio Torres Grillo Tobacco Museum reminds you of how much the Creole Heart loves the land that gives it sustenance. This Museum was created to perpetuate the important history of the tobacco industry in the region, when it was the main source of sustenance for our community and the cradle of the organized labor movement in the Island. Built in an old blacksmith shop of the 19th century, It is named after Don Herminio Torres Grillo (1905-1999), teacher, historian, journalist and cagüeño poet.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Visit Museo de Caguas; located at the Former City Hall Building, The Museum of Caguas consists of five exhibition halls that present the principal events that highlight the HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE CRIOLLO IDENTITY. They take us from the indigenous Taíno Indian culture, through the socioeconomic transformations of the five centuries that followed the Discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1493, up to the present time. This building was constructed in 1887 and it is the only structure on the trail that has kept its original architecture. It includes water well in its interior. Originally it was used as an infant school, jail, military headquarters and a mental hospital. In 1989 it was declared a Historic Monument.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo De Artes De Caguas
Caguas Folk Art Museum (Museo de Artes Populares de Caguas) pays tribute to Puerto Rican artisans and Creole hands that have managed to create unique handmade products of practical use or aesthetic and artistic value. The museum has two main areas: the first hall contains a permanent and representative collection of Puerto Rican master craftsmen, such as woodcarvers of saints: Zoilo Cajigas, Celestino Avilés and Domingo Orta. The second hall exhibits a selective sample of eight miniature pieces by Caguas master artisans, Mr. Edwin Báez, and quarterly temporary exhibitions as well. The pieces portray or depict cultural and historical scenes of our traditions and way of life.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
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We were really looking forward to...
, Mar 2015
We were really looking forward to the botanical garden portion of the trip. However, we wound up going through 4 historical museums, including a museum on cigar making, where one of our party sampled a cigar and then bought a box. The group smelled like cigars for the next few hours and during a bus ride to the botanical garden. The other museums were on the eaarly history and indigenous natives of the island. Not really that interesting to us and we feel that it wasted several hous of our vacation. The botanical garden itself is a misnomer. It is strictly an arboretum and archaelogical dig site. The "garden" is focused on trees of the island. We thought a botanical garden should have a lot of flowering plants. but there were almost none of those. It would have been nice to see some of the island's flowers and orchids.
This tour included a tobacco museum...
, Dec 2014
This tour included a tobacco museum, a music museum, and a toy museum. It was more than we expected!
Loved this tour! Took my Spanish...
Shona D
, Nov 2014
Loved this tour! Took my Spanish students and they enjoyed it as well. They enjoyed the museums because the tour was done in Spanish and English. Lunch at the Botanical gardens was very authentic. They cooked chicken, rices, beans, and fried plantains over fire. The kids really enjoyed watching the iguanas walking around as they were eating lunch. We were able to tour the botanical gardens on golf carts. You have to get coffee from the vendor in the plaza beside the merry go round.
If you can't get to Caguas on your...
, Jul 2014
If you can't get to Caguas on your own, then this tour is perfect for exploring some of the museums in Caguas. I would have preferred more time in the Botanical Garden, and, as vegans, we were promised there would be plantains along with the rice and beans for our lunch, but they ran out of patacones before we got there. Our guide was excellent.
Excursion sympatique mais un peu...
Sylvain N
, Feb 2015
Excursion sympatique mais un peu and quot;pépére and quot; à recommander aux personnes d'un certain âge, la visite du jardin botanique se fait en voiturette. Notre guide était trés aimable et nous a beaucoup parlé de son ile, ce qui nous permis d'apprendre des choses. Le repas était bon et servi dans un joli cadre.

Product code: 5229CAGUAS

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