next stop: Bacardi Land, hurra!!!

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which is the right road to Bacardi land???
When you visit Puerto Rico is a MUST visit Bacardi Destillery. I didn't know that but the 85% of the worldwide production of Bacardi comes from here, good to know, haha. The drive from Lares to Cataño area didn´t take long at all, but I fall asleep in our way, haha. I guess I ate too much + the heat + I wanted to be more than awake in Bacardi Land, haha.

I could work in a place like this. It doesn't have anything to do with the rum - although it might help, mmm - but I say it because of the beautiful gardens, palms and buildings. You really feel you are in the Caribbean. The Bacardi Experience is free - hurra!!! We crossed the gate and parked. We approached to sign in the list, but the next tour in English was already full so we'd have to wait about 1/2 an hour to catch the next one.
hehe, I got my drinks, hehe. Notice the mojito container
The lady gave us our tickets for the tour and 2 tickets for 2 Bacardi drinks.

Mmm, waiting for a tour, sitting under the shadow, enjoying the breeze, watching the blue sky and sea furthermore zipping tasty Bacardi drinks. That didn't sound bad at all, haha. Mark was the first to order his drinks and asked the barman to give him his 2 favorites and so he did. Francisco and me ordered same drinks: a mojito - a MUST, they even had a big container with mojitos, just to poor them haha - and one of the barman's favorite. It was red and looked nice, wow it tasted very good too! It has coconut Bacardi - I didn't know there was a coconut rum (delicious!!!) - cranberry and a splasch of pineapple. So we got a refreshing mojito and a sweet coconut one.

We sat and waited for the tour; we were chatting and just relaxing while we enjoyed our drinks.
logo and fountain inside the building
Would have been good getting an extra one? Well, maybe if we'd have had more time. Time flies when you are having a good time and before notice it, they called the next English group. Bacardi tour would officially start.

A trolley drove us to the visitor building. The station in front of the building seemed to be an old Cuban train station, how cute! The tour started at the lobby of the building, which recreated an old Cuban patio, with a fountain in the center. The girl explained us the story of Bacardi and who grounded it: Mr. Bacardi, of course, haha.

Then we went to other room, where they told us more about the history of the rum and recreated the old Cuban destillery. Also you could smell the different kind of rums they are producing nowadays. But it was forbidden to take pics here, although I did it, hehe.
mmm, can I take one of these boxes???


Last stop was the bar. An expert barman would teach us how to fix the 3 most famous drinks with rum: Mojito, Daiquiri & Cuba Libre. He told us the story how the 3 drinks were created and gave us some tips. This bar recreated the famous bar at Bacardi's original building, where mr. Bacardi met his friends. 

The trolley came for us and drove us around the facility with beautiful gardens. The final stop was: the gift shop, haha. We wouldn't buy anything to take back home. Just had carry-ons, so no liquids allowed :( Better not to stop there and move fast. Jess and Jason's flight just landed. OMG! We had to fly...

Although the traffic was crazy, Francisco managed to arrive to the airport in 15min. Jess and Jason were waiting for un inside a restaurant. No problem, I left the car and went inside.
Ghunter was present too!!!
Jess sent a txt saying she was wearing pink, but I didn't need the tip to recognize her. We hugged as old friends, awww. Jason was with her too. It was so good, that they didn't get their drinks yet, so we could leave the place quickly, hehe.

The plan for tonight was changed. We'd stay in Levittown, near our hotel, so we'd be able to party without worrying about driving, haha. We drove Jess and Jason to their hotel, waited for them 10min and we all drove to Levittown. While we were driving, Francisco got the call from Enrico (another TB) who'd join us later, yay! Enrico, Nancy, local friends, us, OMG! The gang was getting bigger and merrier :)

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which is the right road to Bacardi…
which is the right road to Bacard…
hehe, I got my drinks, hehe. Notic…
hehe, I got my drinks, hehe. Noti…
logo and fountain inside the build…
logo and fountain inside the buil…
mmm, can I take one of these boxes…
mmm, can I take one of these boxe…
Ghunter was present too!!!
Ghunter was present too!!!
view of San Juan
view of San Juan
a house in our way
a house in our way
we arrived!!!
we arrived!!!
the bat at the entrance
the bat at the entrance
a pond
a pond
our tour was the pink one, awwww
our tour was the pink one, awwww
the line to get a drink, hehe
the line to get a drink, hehe
my 2 drinks: coconut flavor Bacard…
my 2 drinks: coconut flavor Bacar…
nice gardens
nice gardens
trying to get a pic of his drinks
trying to get a pic of his drinks
A Peruvian flag with Bacardi (red,…
A Peruvian flag with Bacardi (red…
happy!!!!
happy!!!!
tasty!!!
tasty!!!
run out of rum :(
run out of rum :(
even the birds liked it here, hehe
even the birds liked it here, hehe
empty glasses :(
empty glasses :(
ok, the journey will start
ok, the journey will start
nice palms
nice palms
happy to start the journey :)
happy to start the journey :)
nice tree
nice tree
famous signature...
famous signature...
recreating the Cuban house
recreating the Cuban house
a forbidden pic, haha. This repres…
a forbidden pic, haha. This repre…
getting crazy....
getting crazy....
teaching us how to mix the real da…
teaching us how to mix the real d…
the expert barman
the expert barman
the expert had the last word ;)
the expert had the last word ;)
OMG!!! so much Bacardi!!!
OMG!!! so much Bacardi!!!
different kind of Bacardi
different kind of Bacardi
crossing the gate, haha
crossing the gate, haha
the distellery
the distellery
The Rum Cathedral
The Rum Cathedral
celebrates 50 years
Happy 50th An…
celebrates 50 years Happy 50th A…
nice artwork inside Bacardi Distil…
nice artwork inside Bacardi Disti…
the 3 flags: Bacardi land, Puerto …
the 3 flags: Bacardi land, Puerto…
nice bar
nice bar
Bat logo ;)
Bat logo ;)
have to fly to the airport...
have to fly to the airport...
arriving to Jess & Jasons hotel
arriving to Jess & Jason's hotel
adding names to the TB car :)
adding names to the TB car :)
nice church
nice church
the federal prision... wed try to…
the federal prision... we'd try t…
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