Puerto Rico, popularly known as the ‘Island of Enchantment’, is the popular destination for Americans. Besides being a US commonwealth and home to many famous artists, it is a beach destination and even has a great weather. This is the reason why thousands of tourists flock to Puerto Rico every year. Apart from being famous for its vivacious people, who know how to party, Puerto Ricans are proud to be the home of Bacardi Rum. Any tourist visiting Puerto Rico, should visit the Bacardi Rum Factory. On your Puerto Rico Bacardi tour, you’ll get to know about the history of sugarcane and the origins of rum making.
Puerto Rico Bacardi Tours: The Bacardi Rum Distillery
The Bacardi Rum Distillery is the largest rum distillery in the world and is located in the town of Catano in Puerto Rico, which is only a 15-minute drive from the southern side of San Juan harbor. You can book Puerto Rico Bacardi Tour packages at VIP Tours and Transportation Services, which take you not just to Casa Bacardi but also to other exciting places in Puerto Rico.
Now, coming back to Casa Bacardi, Puerto Rico Bacardi tours are forty-five minutes tour and are held in Spanish and English every twenty minutes. The visitors are taken to the fermentation barrels, the museum and the blotting plant in a small motorises vehicles.
The first stop on the Puerto Rico Bacardi tour is to view the family museum where an insight into the distillery’s history is provided. The next halt is at the bat theatre where a short video on the beginning of the Bacardi family and the launch of the distillery is shown. The visitors are then taken on to the replica of the first distillery which consists of a series of pipes and wooden barrels. There are some antique rum making objects as well on display, which gives an insight into the brewing process of the past.
After this, the visitors are taken into another section where they can smell different rums with their main ingredients. Visitors on their Puerto Rico tour can even learn to make few authentic Bacardi cocktails through a barman in the lounge that has a replicated 1930s style bar. After this the visitors can create and send personal video postcards in a video room where they are invited. The Puerto Rico Bacardi tour ends at the souvenir store where the visitors can buy any items on sale with the Bacardi logo which includes items such as caps, shirts, glasses and many more. Visitors on the Puerto Rico Bacardi tour can finally relish the numerous varieties of rums produced by the distillery free of cost.
Puerto Rico Bacardi Tours: History of the Bacardi Bat
Bacardi Bat, an internationally recognized symbol, has an interesting story attached to it. In 1862, the first distillery of the founder Faucundo Bacardi Masso was housed in the building that was infested with many bats, which hung from the ceiling. He made all the possible efforts to drive the bats away, but they kept coming back. Later on as the business started flourishing, he recognized bats as the symbol of good fortune and made them the distillery’s symbol which has remained so till date.