Jayuya, Puerto Rico

Jayuya, Puerto Rico

Town of The Three Peaks

jayuya museo
El Cemí Museum

Foundation: Jayuya (hah-YOO-yah) was founded in 1911 and is located in the central part of the island, in the northern border of the Toro Negro Forest Reserve, a 7,000 acres park that includes the Cerro Puntas, the highest mountain of Puerto Rico. The city derives its name from Hayuya, head Indian of the Taínos.

The Jayuyanos take great pride in their cultural roots of the region. Jayuya counts with three monuments that commemorate the Taíno inheritance: a statue to Hayuya, the first monument constructed in Puerto Rico in honor to the Taíno Indian, Tomb of the Puerto Rican Indian, a tomb that contains a Taíno skeleton buried in the traditional fetal position. Finally, the Piedra Escrita (Written Stone), this proudly demonstrates petroglifics done by hands of the Indians. In November Jayuya celebrates a festival in honor of Chief Hayuya.

Jayuya also is known throughout the region for its wood experts, specializing in the sculptures of our national birds.

mapa jayuyaLocation: Jayuya is located en the center of the island, it borders with Utuado and Ciales to the north, south with Ponce, Juana Díaz and Orocovis, west with Utuado and east with Ciales.
Area: 102.1 sq. km. / 39.3 sq. mi.
Population: 17,318 (census 2000)
Population Density: 169.6 per sq. km. / 440.6 per sq. mi.
People are known as: Jayuyanos
Jayuya is also known as
El Pueblo de Los Tres Picachos (Town Of The Three Peaks)
Los Tomateros (The Tomateros)
La Capital Indígena de Puerto Rico (The Indigenous Capital of Puerto Rico)
El Mirador de Puerto Rico (The Viewpoint of Puerto Rico)

Wards: Jayuya, Puerto Rico
barrios jayuya

Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Jayuya
Coabey 2,069
Collores 1,496
Jauca 211
Jayuya Pueblo 1,720
Jayuya Abajo 3,071
Mameyes Arriba 2,268
Pica 356
Río Grande 910
Saliente 646
Veguitas 3,964
Zamas 607
Total 17,318

Source: Censo 2000

Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate
Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate Parish
13 Calle Figueras
Jayuya, Puerto Rico 00664
Tel. 787-828-6350

jayuya iglesia

Topography: Jayuya is located in one of the most elevated regions of the Central Mountain Range reason why its terrain is very irregular and home of many mayor mountains of Puerto Rico, which include the Cerro Puntas, the highest mountain of Puerto Rico with 1,338.0 meters / 4,369 feet.
Hydrography: Jayuya has three major rivers:

  • Grande de Jayuya with its afluents, the Saliente, Salientito, Zamas, Caricaboa, Veguitas & Jauca
  • Naranjito
  • Yunes

Economy: Agriculture (vegetables, coffee & cattle), handmade artifacts and tourism.
Average Salary: $299.37 weekly (1998

jayuya banderaFlag: The flag is rectangular in shape and derives its symbolism from the Coat of Arms. It represents the spirit of the people that are proud of their Taíno heritage and representative of hospitality: values of the puertorrican people.
jayuya escudoCoat Of Arms: The red shield symbolizes the harmony and brotherhood that characterizes the people from Jayuya. Above the shield a three tower crown, standard for municipalities. Inside the shield centered at the top a Taíno crown, that is a generic symbol representing Chief Hayuya’s monarchy.

In the center a green band with a white border representing the Tres Picachos (Three Peaks), the green color of the countryside and the town’s matron, La Virgen de la Monserrate. At the bottom, Jayuya’s Sun, Taíno hand carving found only in Jayuya.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Ponce Region
Jayuya District

Name Level Telephone Address
AGUSTÍN ORTIZ RIVERA 5-6 (787) 828-3750 PO Box 1579, P.R. 00664-0000
ÁNGELA CALVANI K-6 (787) 828-3040 PO Box 1578, P.R. 00664-0000
ANGÉLICA TORO (NUEVA) K-4 (787) 828-0330 PO Box 1549, P.R. 00664-0000
HOGARES SEGUROS K-6 (787) 844-2927 PO Box 1550, P.R.00664-0000
MIGUEL A. SASTRE OLIVER K-6 (787) 828-2008 PO Box 578, P.R. 00664-0000
RAFAEL MARTÍNEZ NADAL K-4 (787) 828-4423 PO Box 578, P.R. 00664-0000
SAN PATRICIO K-6 (787) 259-0112 PO Box 1548, P.R. 00664-
CARMEN SALAS DE TORRADO 7-9 (787) 828-3625 PO Box 398, P.R. 00664-
SU ANTONIA SERRANO GONZÁLEZ K-9 (787) 828-1285 PO Box 578, P.R. 00664-0000
SU ANTONIO ROMERO MUÑIZ K-9 (787) 828-2144 PO Box 1547, P.R. 00664-0000
SU NEMESIO R. CANALES K-9 (787) 828-2007 PO Box 1552, P.R. 00664-2552
High School
JOSEFINA LEÓN ZAYAS 10-12 (787) 828-5700 PO Box 793, P.R. 00664-0000
All Levels
ACADEMIA DE ADULTOS (787) 828-4515 PO Box 578, P.R. 00664-0000

Hymn: Author: Miguel Requena Maldonado

Ante nos se yergue
fuerte y majestuoso
nuestro pueblo cuya
historia nos ensalza.

En sus montes de un
verdor indescriptible
nacen ríos, riachuelos
y quebradas.

Siente orgullo todo aquel buen
jayuyano por sus bardos
sus patriotas y poetas
en esencia sus mujeres
amorosas son orgullo de
la tierra borinqueña.

Tierra alta primorosa
las riberas de tus ríos
nos recuerdan nuestra infancia
y la herencia del Taíno luchador.

Tierra alta patrimonio
de nobleza gente amena
hospitalaria y muy sincera.
Compatriota en nuestro
Pueblo eres hermano
te brindamos un abrazo

Jayuyano tú que amas
nuestro pueblo si estás
lejos llévalo en tu corazón
no te olvides de los
historia y del honor.

Tierra alta primorosa
las riberas de tus ríos
nos recuerdan nuestra infancia
y la herencia del Taíno luchador.

Three Kings Day – January
Tomato Festival – February
La Monserrate Marathon – September
Patron Celebrations- September
Nacional Indian Festival – November
Magic Forest – December

jayuya gripinas
Hacienda Gripiñas

Places To Visit:
Toro Negro Forest
Cerro Puntas
Hacienda Gripiñas
Los Tres Picachos
Chief Hayuya Monument
Casa Canales Museum
El Cemí Museum
La Piedra Escrita (Written Stone)

Distinguished Citizens:
Nemesio R. Canales – Lawyer, writer y humorist. (biography)
Carlos Orama Padilla – Poet


How to get to Jayuya from San Juan.

direction jayuya


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