|FIELD TRIP: This morning we'll venture to the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. The Tibes Center is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Caribbean featuring a significant number of artifacts and structures of pre-Taino Indians dating back to 600 AD. Excavations began in 1975 when Tropical Storm Eloise's rainfall caused landslides, exposing the ancient site. Since then archaeologists have uncovered seven ball courts, two ceremonial plazas, burial grounds with at least 180 skeletons, as well as various pieces of pottery, tools and charms.|
FIELD TRIP: Following our visit to the Tibes Indian Center, we'll depart for El Museo de la Historia de Ponce (History of Ponce Museum). The museum offers visitors a marvelous opportunity to explore Ponce's rich history. Located in the Casa Salazar, the museum (built in 1911) is an architectural wonder in and of itself, combining typical ponceño, Moorish and neoclassical elements of architecture. Officially opened in 1992, the museum's exhibits demonstrate the growth and change the city has undergone since the time of the Taíno Indians. Considered a large museum in relation to the size of Ponce, the Museo de la Historia de Ponce has ten galleries documenting the city's history regarding politics, culture, economy, ecology, education, medicine, architecture and daily life, with the majority of the artifacts donated by local citizens.