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We recommend at least one night in the area to
really enjoy and taste La Ruta del Café.  Several
alternatives available, drop us an email for more
· Maricao · Las Marías · Yauco · Castañer · Adjuntas · Lares · Ciales · Jayuya ·
In 1992 we created a new concept in the way tours where
offered in Puerto Rico.  Immediately we teamed with one
of the architects of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture,
Mildred González, and the journey started.

Coffee plantations have been part of our life.  My Mother
was born in the town of Añasco, in a sector known as La
Noriega near Hacienda La Violeta.  She grew up in the
small town of Las Marías where her family moved when
she was small since her stepfather was the "mayordomo"
of one of the largest and most important coffee plantations
of that time and region:  Hacienda La Hernández.

When we were small we heard all kind of tales and stories
on how it was living in an hacienda on a normal working
day, where to find Taíno "pilones" and pictographs, coffee
harvest festivals, Mamá Pepa waterfall, just to name a few.

Several years after my parents married, they moved to
San Juan, where I was born; the smallest of four children.  
It was there in the city that we learned how to appreciate
the smell of Rain, the sound of the Wind, the different color
tones of the grass, and many other things.  With an
energetic early wake up call "vamos pa´l campo" we knew
that we were going to visit our relatives in the other side of
the Island. With these trips we witnessed the slow
construction of Road 2 that transformed the old scenic
route into a highway connecting San Juan and Mayagüez,
but the countryside was left intact.
oOptional Activities
aaCoffee Facts

  • Original from Ethiopia.
  • First brought to Puerto Rico in 1736.
  • Most of the plantations were built in the
    central region of Puerto Rico:  Maricao,
    Las Marías, Lares, Adjuntas, Yauco,
    Jayuya, Ciales, Utuado, Ponce, etc.   
    Nevertheless, plantations were built in
    other places, such as Río Grande
    (Hacienda Catalina, El Yunque).
  • After the 1511 rebelion, many Taínos
    settled in Maricao.
  • Coffee season - August - December.
  • Coffee Harvest Festival, two festivals take
    place in February:  Maricao and Yauco.
  • We created La Ruta del Café in 1992.
  • La Ruta del Café is part of Porta del Sol.
The original Coffee Plantation tour!
Coffee plantation tours since 1992
With the assistance of architect González, we visited and identified coffee
plantations that were part of the historical and cultural heritage in
our route.  Since
then, we have been pioneers in the region and Puerto Rico, offering private
ecotours to the small mountainous towns of the western-central region.  Our
efforts in promoting this type of tourism helps the economic development of the
towns we include in our itineraries.
Not only we visit the main
building, but the coffee
plantation as well.  Plan an
overnight stay at Hacienda
Hacienda Pomarrosa.

Half and full day tours
depart from
San Juan, and Ponce.  Join
us to the countryside of
Puerto Rico!
Hilda Morales,
Your host and creator of  La ruta del café
  • Agrotourism
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • EcoYoga
  • Secluded Waterfalls
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Sightseeing
  • Star Gazing
  • Wildlife Observation
  • Taíno Ceremonies
  • Culinary Tours
  • Artisan´s Route
La ruta del café - Coffee Plantation Zone, photo by Hilda Morales, copyrights AdvenTours
Some options require a minimum of participants and are subject
to weather conditions.  Reservations always required at least
two weeks in advance.
Updated May 30, 2014.
coffee plantation tour
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