Top 10 Jayuya, Puerto Rico Attractions

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 Cemí Museum

The town of Jayuya seems to be loaded with the traces of the ancient Taíno Indian culture. It could be because the Taínos, and other indigenous cultures in Puerto Rico, appeared to have a preference of living and/or gathering together for…
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Hacienda San Pedro

Hacienda San Pedro is a place to hang-out, relax and of course, enjoy one of the best coffee around the island. Four generations of wisdom lead to the distinctive and delicious character of one Puerto Rico’s most appreciated and respected…
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Tu Bolera Jayuya

Not usual to have a bowling alley on this area of the island. Great facility to have a good time with family while visiting the area. Food, refreshments and drinks available. Variety of options at lunch hours. A must to visit place in…
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Jayuya’s Festivals and Events

Festival Jíbaro del Tomate - Abril 27 & 29, 2019 Activities for children, live music, handicrafts, animal exhibitions, competitions of Tomato dishes and many surprises. Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate - End of August…
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Jayuya Aerostatic Globe (Hot Air Balloon)

The Aerostatic Balloon of Puerto Rico offers an adventure experience with a great 360 degree 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…
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Casa Museo Canales

Jayuya, in the middle of the La Cordillera Central mountain range, is rich in archaeological history. But, 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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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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Parque Familiar Adrian Padua Sanchez

The Padua Adrián Sánchez Family Park opened in August 2014 and has become a wonderful place to entertain the whole family. Entrance to the park is free, but each attraction has a cost. Outdoor is the aquatic waterpark "Los Chorritos",…
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PitoRico Rum Distillery

PitoRico promises the distinctive flavor of authentic "pitorro" into legally acceptable alcohol-by-volume levels and a retail - and import - friendly package. Besides for its classic white pitorro, PitoRico also comes in a handful of…
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Hacienda Gripiñas Hotel

Hacienda Gripiñas, located at Jayuya municipality, has existed since 1858, at that time it was the mansion of Eusebio Pérez, one of the wealthiest people of the time. After 160 years of history, it still retains the essence of a 19th…
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