Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park
The Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center (Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes, in Spanish) is the most important archaeological site in the Caribbean. The center offers some really nice information and examples of the Igneri, pre-Taíno and Taíno cultures of ancient Puerto Rico.
Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center, one of the first communities in Puerto Rico, with museum of pre-European life, a botanical garden, among other things. 50 min. from Cayey, 90 from San Juan.
“One of the most important Taíno-culture archaeological sites in the Antilles was found at the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park located in Utuado, a town in the island’s Central Mountain Range, an hour and half drive from San Juan. Multiple ceremonial plazas (or bateyes), were important ceremonies, dance rituals, and ball games or batos used to take place, are at the center of the park. Petroglyphs, pieces of pottery, and other limestone artifacts made in the 14th and 15th century by the indigenous population are available for viewing. Admission fee ($5 adults, $4 kids and seniors) includes access to the park, the museum, and archaeological areas. The park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.”
“A Thermal Hot spring spoken of as the original fountain of youth. In recent years Community initiative voted to demolish the Antique, rugged stacked stone pools that resemble something you seen in a movie. I didnt like how they changed it. But it had something to do with it haveing free access and no security they had to end all the moonlight midnight shenanigans in hot spring water... you know what I'm saying? I was one of the fools hootin n hollerin at the morn. Now its a secure public facility with therapeutic spa-like qualities and is more elderly friendly... The hot mineral water is our recommended quick stop on any of our trips to the southwest PR. ”