Come up to the mountains and follow old channels up to the waterfall that gave its name to Hacienda Buena Vista en Ponce. What used to be an important coffee plantation was also the scenario of a unique relationship between land, water and slavery.
Today, at the heart of the former hacienda is a carefully restored historical site containing structures more than a century old and a hydraulic turbine that’s the only one of its kind in existence. Completely refurbished and in working condition, the turbine is still powered by the water of Río Canas and serves as the main engine for other machines of the time.
Come watch them work and feel how the force of the river was transformed into movement to process food products. Enjoy the breeze under the canopy of a subtropical forest and go along with a history and nature expert to learn about the shaded polyculture of coffee, cocoa, oranges, plantains, and other fruits.
Visit us all year long or come in time for our traditional coffee or cocoa festivals. Tours to other natural areas west and south of Puerto Rico are also coordinated from Hacienda Buena Vista. Find out about upcoming events and participate!
Wednesday -Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Carr 123 km. 17.3, Ponce, PR
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River walk to the waterfall
If you’ve ever been to Hacienda Buena Vista, you’ve probably seen Salto Vives, the waterfall at Río Canas whose impressive view gave the place its name. In this event we walk upstream along the river trail until reaching the natural pool at the foot of the waterfall. On the way we learn about the flora and fauna of the river and its surroundings, and we help monitor the quality of its water before going for a dip in front of its waterfall.