Taino Traditions

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park

Tibes is the most important arqueological site in the Caribbean. It represents the continuous habitation of indigenous people more than 1,000 years before Colombus encountered the New World.

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Description from the publisher

The Indian Ceremonial Center of Tibes, located in the city of Ponce was discovered in 1975. The first inhabitants of the area were presumably the Igneris Indians who came from South America. They must have settled here at about the beginning of the Christian era, near the third century. Slowly, the Taíno Indians occupied and shared the places acquired by the Igneris. The Taínos, at approximately 800 years before the Discovery of Puerto Rico, had constructed the "bateyes" or Ceremonial Parks, that we have today at the Tibes Ceremonial Park. Here they used to celebrate their "Areytos" or traditional festivities, their sports and other important events. Maybe in the past, they utilized the place as a cemetery or burial place. There is evidence that they constructed structures (bohíos) in the Ceremonial Center although their living quarters were not built there. At the Museum in the Ceremonial Park of Tibes, we may see burials, charms, idols, vessels, petroglyphs and other artifacts used by the Taíno and Igneris Indians who lived here. The place is a sanctuary of prehistoric trees such as "higüero, hacar, guanábana, corazón" among others. There are varieties of birds such as "martinete (hammer), ruiseñor (nightingale), pitirre, múcaro (owl), zorzal y carpintero (woodpecker), which existed at the times of our Indians. There is also yucca, tobacco, corn, "lerenes" and other indigenous plantations in the area.

How to get there

Take road PR-52 towards Ponce. On the Ponce Letters (intersection PR-52 PR-10), take exit 98A. Continue forward, driving through Ponce North. Take a right exit towards road 503. Take a left on the end of the exit (you'll see a baseball park). You'll find the entrance to your right about 5 minutes on road 503.

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Last reviews

"Tibes Ceremonial Park"

I love visiting all sites related to my ancestoral heritage. We have such a wonderful rich culture, in history, and pride. We need to teach our children and grandchildren that the Tainos live in us and that WE did not perish as written in some of the history books, we evolved for survival and our DNA proves this fact!

Connie Laboy from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico - 9 years ago


It was an interesting and educational experience.

J. Caquias from Texas - 10 years ago


Been there with my son, mami, Auntie fee years ago...can't wait to go back!!! Very educational...the tour is very informative! Viva Boricua!

, Sonia from , New York - 12 years ago