Plaza de la Revolución y Heladería Lares Lares, PR
From here, rebels proclaimed the island a republic, placing their flag upon the altar of the nearby Iglesia San José.
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Year Established: 1968
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Back in 1868, the mountain town of Lares was witness to Puerto Rico’s first attempt at independence. The failed uprising against Spanish rule had it’s epicenter at the town square, now known as the Plaza de la Revolución. From here, rebels proclaimed the island a republic, placing their flag upon the altar of the nearby Iglesia San José.

A monument to the rebellion’s leader, Ramón Emeterio Betances, now stands in the middle of the plaza, where visitors flock every September 23rd to celebrate the anniversary of ‘El Grito de Lares’ as it is historically known.

Across the street from the plaza is another – quite different in tone, yet much beloved – institution that has been associated with the town for decades, the Heladería Lares.

Since 1968, this parlor has treated its patrons to a unique ice cream experience. Although traditional fare, such as vanilla and chocolate, is always served, more adventurous palettes will likely gravitate towards the curious assortment of distinct flavors waiting to be sampled, including rice & beans, corn, tomato, and even cod fish!

Don’t be shy about trying some of the Heladería’s outlandish flavors on your next visit to Lares – you could be pleasantly surprised!
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