Adjuntas

(ahd-HOON-tahs)

Adjuntas territory is very mountainous because the city is located on the Central Mountain range (La Cordillera Central), north of Yauco, Guayanilla and Peñuelas; southeast of Utuado; east of Lares and Yauco; and west of Ponce.

Adjuntas is known by many names, the city is commonly known as "La Ciudad del Gigante Dormido" (the city of the sleeping giant) because a mountain formation called by that name. It is also known as "La Suiza de Puerto Rico" (the Switzerland of Puerto Rico) because it's low temperatures, with an average yearly weather of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Last but not least, "La Tierra de los Lagos" (the land of lakes) because of the many water holes in its mountainous terrain.

The town was founded in August 11, 1815 by Diego Maldonado. The name of the city comes from the term "tierras adjuntas" (adjoining lands), because their territory was part of the old Villa de San Blás de Illescas, (known today as Coamo) and often referred as "las tierras adjuntas a Coamo".

The town was home to the first Health Center in the island, founded in 1950. The first church was inaugurated in August 24, 1815.

Adjuntas has one of the highest mountain peaks on the island, Guilarte Peak (3,953 ft.), located in the Guilarte Forest. Many rivers run through and around the town, including Río Grande de Arecibo which originates in the ward Juan González, crossing the city from south to north. Other rivers include Guilarte, Tanamá, Pellejas, Vacas, Cidra and Limaní.

Points of Interest

The Museo Casa Pueblo houses a library, gallery, activity room, office and an artisan shop. 30 Rodulfo Gonzalez St. Open daily, 9am-4pm, (787)-829-4842.

Tids and Bits

Adjuntas produces coffee, bananas, oranges and other fruits.

There are many well-known "adjunteños", among them:

  • Jesús M. Benitez, writer
  • Rafael de Jesús Cordero, economist and writer
  • Pelegrín López de Victoria, writer
  • Arístides Moll, physician, writer and poet
  • Josefina Moll, writer
Adjuntas is divided into 17 barrios, including the downtown area:
  • Capáez
  • Garzas
  • Guayabo Dulce
  • Guayo
  • Guilarte
  • Juan González
  • Limaní
  • Pellejas
  • Portillo
  • Portuguez
  • Adjuntas Pueblo
  • Saltillo
  • Tanamá
  • Vegas Abajo
  • Vegas Arriba
  • Yahuecas
  • Yayales

Symbols

Adjuntas Flag Flag
A white diagonal stripe divides the flag in two triangles. The upper one is purple, while the lower one is green. In the middle of each triangle lies a white cross known as the "Illescas cross". The cross also symbolizes Saint Joachim and Saint Ana, patrons of the town. The white color symbolizes purity, while purple represents Joachim's cloth and green the nature of the town.

Adjuntas Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms
Adjuntas coat of arms includes a walking stick or crook that represents the patriarch San Joaquín, father of the Holy Virgin Mary. The distaff represents domestic work and also symbolizes Santa Ana, the mother of the Virgin Mary. The star represents the Virgin. The bells and crosses allude to the name of the town, Adjuntas. The crosses are taken from the seal of Coamo and their origins lie in the coat of arms of the Illescas lineage, which is historically related to the old village of San Blas. The coffee branches allude to Adjuntas' location in the coffee-growing region of Puerto Rico. The walled crown is a smaller version of the four towers to signify that in the Spanish era it was granted the title of "villa" by the crown.

Anthem
The anthem of Adjuntas was written by Jose Nieves Perez. The title is "Adjuntas es mi amor".

Climate

Adjuntas annual precipitation is 87 inches, and its average temperature is 72°F. Summers are warm (83°-85°F) in the daytime and mild at night time (60°-63°F). Meanwhile winters are moderately warm with cool temperatures at night, temperatures are between in the 50 °F (10 °C) and 60 °F (16 °C) range, but after cold fronts temperatures can drop down to 40 °F (4 °C).

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Demographics
Population: 19,458 (2012)
Density: 291.8 per sq mi (2012)
Households: 5,764 (2012)
Housing Units: 7,037 (2012)
Housing Density: 121.8 (2010)
Geography
Land Area: 66.69 sq mi (172 sq km)
Water Area: 0.42 sq mi
Coordinates: 18°09'57" N, 66°43'27" W
Zip Code: 00601
Driving Distance: 83.4 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Economics
Per Capita Income: 7,167 (2012)

Festivals and Events

  • Festival de la Cidra - March
  • Festival del Gigante - March
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Joaquin & Santa Ana - August
    Every year Adjuntas celebrates this festival to honor its patron saint. This week-long event features dances, food, parades and religious processions.

Other Sights

  • Cascada Las Garzas
  • Garzas Lake - Located on Route 518
  • Guilarte Forest Reserve - The forest is divided into seven segments which are located among the municipalities of Adjuntas, Guayanilla, Pelas and Yauco. The trails are excellent for hiking and the views at the pinnacle are breathtaking. On a clear day you can see both Ponce and San Juan without the aid of binoculars. Monte Guilarte (3,953 ft) is the third highest mountain peak on the island. (787) 724-3647

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