Hacienda Buena Vista Ponce, PR
these 80 acres of humid, subtropical forest recreate a coffee plantation of the mid-1800’s
historical site


The Hacienda Buena Vista offers history and nature lovers an exceptional experience back through time, as charming as it is informative. Nestled in the northernmost mountain region of Ponce, these 80 acres of humid, subtropical forest are maintained by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico and recreate the coffee plantation founded here by Salvador Vives in the mid-1800’s.

Structures such as the family’s two-story home and a coffee storehouse have been carefully restored to their original state, with authentic family belongings and production machinery on display. One such mechanical marvel is the hydraulic turbine, an important feature that has been designated an historic monument for being the only known model of this type to have survived the age.

Water flowing from the Río Cañas is used to power much of the equipment, including the coffee depulper and corn mill. Along the river’s path, a scenic trail leads visitors through the surrounding forest and to a breathtaking waterfall. A host of different plants and animals inhabit the well-nurtured land, where coffee and other fruit trees grow under the forest canopy.

Rescued by the Conservation Trust during the 1980’s, Hacienda Buena Vista is a testament to the self-sustainability and environmental harmony that captivates the imagination and transports visitors to a bygone era. e

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Tour Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (English) - 3:30 p.m.