Top 10 Jayuya, Puerto Rico Attractions

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Located beside the impressive Toro Negro Forest Reserve of Puerto Rico is the town of Jayuya. This fascinating town provides a marvelous gateway into this stunning reserve. It also provides the perfect introduction to Puerto Rico’s Indian cultural heritage. Surrounded by mountains and covering an area of 101 km squared, Jayuya is certainly worth a visit.

Also referred to as “La Capital Indigena” (Indigenous Capital), Jayuya is home to a parador that was once a coffee estate. Running through the parador is a path that leads to Cerro Punta, which stands at 1,338 meters above sea level. Apparently the town of Jayuya is named for the Taíno chief, Hayuya. There is much to see an do in Jayuya and tourists will not be disappointed if they include the town on their itinerary.

It is believed that people began residing in the vicinity of Jayuya back in 1878, but the municipality itself was founded in 1911. During 1950 the town was affected by the Jayuya Uprising. This revolt against the United States was encouraged by Blanca Canales Torresola, along with Doris Torresola and Elio Torresola.

Today Jayuya is known for its stunning scenery and expert wood carvers. There are several fascinating attractions in the town that are worth viewing. Those interested in history can visit the Casa Canales Museum, El Cemí Museum and Nemesio Canales Museum.

TOP 10 Jayuya, Puerto Rico Attractions

Jayuya Aerostatic Globe (Hot Air Balloon)

The Aerostatic Balloon of Puerto Rico offers adventurers with a great 360 panoramic view at 3,200 feet above sea level, when you are on the platform and another, at 3,700 feet when you are elevated on the balloon. You can also enjoy…
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PitoRico Rum Distillery

Pito Rico promises the distinctive flavor of authentic moonshine or “pitorro”  into legally acceptable alcohol-by-volume levels as well as retail – and import – friendly package. Other than its classic white pitorro, it also comes in a…
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Tu Bolera Jayuya

Though it is not usual to have a bowling alley in this area of the island, it has great facilities to have some family time with food and refreshments and some good service. With a family friendly atmosphere, it is a good place to visit if…
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Hacienda Gripiñas Hotel

Located in Jayuya, Hacienda Gripiñas and since 1858 it has been the mansion of Eusebio Pérez, one of the wealthiest people of the time.  160 years of history later, it still retains the essence of its 19th century mystique. Its wooden…
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Jayuya Cemí Museum

The Cemí Museum (Museo El Cemí, in Spanish) in Jayuya is a visitor center for the area and a showcase of Taíno artifacts. Archaeological digs and large rocks with shapes carved into them (petroglyphs) prove that pre-Columbian cultures…
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Parque Familiar Adrian Padua Sanchez

The Padua Adrián Sánchez Family Park opened in August 2014, and it has become a wonderful place to entertain the whole family. Entrance to the park is free, but each of the attractions has a cost. Outdoor is the aquatic waterpark of “Los…
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Casa Museo Canales

Jayuya, in the middle of the La Cordillera Central mountain range, is rich in archaeological history and, it is also rich in more recent history.  On same property as the Cemí Museum is the Museo Casa Canales. It was at this house where a…
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Hacienda San Pedro

Hacienda San Pedro is the perfect place to hang-out, relax and enjoy one of the best coffee on the island. With its Four generations of wisdom, it has lead to the distinctive and delicious character of one Puerto Rico’s most appreciated…
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La Piedra Escrita

This archaeological Site in Jayuya is home of some of the island’s best-preserved native petroglyphs carved on a large rock in the middle of the “Río Saliente”, east of Jayuya. The stone forms a natural bathing pool, and it has become a…
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Jayuya’s Festivals and Events

Festival Jíbaro del Tomate – Abril 27 & 29, 2019 A festival dedicated to tomatoes, it is celebrated in the sports Complex Filiberto Garcia. It is a great family environment and it has many different things. For example, people can…
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