HISTORY & CULTURE
When Christopher Columbus stepped ashore in Aguada (or Aguadilla; both towns claim the honor) in 1493 he encountered a flourishing Taíno culture. Within decades the Indians disappeared, but not before leaving their mark on the character that was to become a Puerto Rican. African slaves replaced the Indians as laborers, and their traditions also fused into the cultural mix forged by more than four centuries of Spanish dominance.
The symbol of the Institute of Puerto Rico Culture depicts these three influences: Indian, African and Spanish.
Puerto Rico Today
Use the interactive map below to learn more about modern-day Puerto Rico.
View San Juan Metro: PuertoRicoDayTrips in a larger map
What is Puerto Rico?
It is an island teeming with beauty and vitality. Some of it is Spanish, some Indian, some African and some... others. But somehow it all blends together into a culture that you will find fascinating and one-of-kind. Watch this video "Puerto Rico - La Isla del Encanto" (The Enchanted Island) hosted by Compania de Turismo de Puerto Rico.