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BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
Puerto Rico

A 72-hour tour around Puerto Ric

The Island of Enchantment is an attractive touristic option when you live in Dominican Republic. If you want to enjoy a sea trip, the ferry offers you an overnight journey with a show included. If you want to get there quickly, flying to San Juan is the quickest option. It would take you only one hour to get there. Varied Airlines companies have great deals at reasonable prices.

Puerto Rico was originally inhabited by the “Arcaicos” indigenous, then the first wave of “Arahucana” indigenous from South America. The third tribe to occupy the island was “The Tainos” who actually have “Arahuco” background, historians said they all came from Venezuela. Christopher Columbus second journey crew was the first European expedition to arrive in the island.

Historical places in PR date back to the Spanish colonial era (1493-1898). It treasures a remarkable variety of ecosystems: tropical humid forests, dry forests, coastal plains, and mountains. The small size of the island makes it to travel around. From north to south one hour and a half and from east to west in three hours.

Puerto Rico has a tropical climate all year around. Average temperatures during summer time (April and September) are between 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It gets a bit cooler from October to March, temperatures range between 72 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here is a 72- hour tour for you to enjoy glorious beaches in Puerto Rico and admire its cultural destinations in 5 regions: North, south, east, west and center:

Day 1

Most of the touristic activity is concentrated in the metropolitan area which is in the north part of the island. Main reasons are all cruises arrive at Old San Juan, night life around “Condado” and San Juan is the capital. In the morning, you may walk around the colonial zone, declared a treasure of humankind by the United Nations in 1983. From XVI and XVII century walled-island whose objective was to protect the inhabitants from the Pirates of the Caribbean. By the way, this movie was actually filmed in the Puerto Rico coasts. A big stone wall protects the city. It could be accessed through 4 huge doors. At the moment, there is only one door available.

The Old San Juan is conceived for people to admire the typical Spanish colonial architecture. Cobbled streets, beautiful plazas, old churches, museums and astonishing forts of San Felipe del Morro Castle and San Cristobal Castle. The two oldest and biggest castles in the Antilles. Highly recommended for a quick stop for enjoying a delicious brunch at the Choco Bar Cortés, an innovative gastronomic place where chocolate is the star of the show. Choco Bar Cortés is in “La Casa Cortés” and is the patrimonial past of the city. The city art has become one whole masterpiece.  

Southbank, you can visit Ponce ideally in the afternoon. To reach Ponce you may have to take Highway 52 from San Juan. If you travel by car, it will be around an hour. Known as the Stately City, it holds one of the most worldwide-recognized art museums, called the European Art Museum in America. It was founded in 1959 by the art collector, business man and politician; Honorable Luis A. Ferré. He keeps a wide art collection of 4,500 pieces, but only 820 of them are on display.

You may enjoy of an interesting 30-year art journey around Europe, America and Africa, 3 cultures presented in the Puerto Rican history. It has one of the best Spanish paintings collections in Latin America. Many famous artworks like El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya are exhibited there. Wrapping up, indulge yourself with a delicious local dish sampling at “La Casa del Chef” restaurant. This definitely could be the icing of the cake of a strenuous day tour.

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TEXT: Gladys Torres; IMAGES: Suresh/ Archive
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