Jayuya

(hah-YOO-yah)

Jayuya is known as "La Capital Indigena" (the indigenous capital). Jayuya was founded in 1883 but made an independent municipality in 1911. Derives its name from a local Indian Chief Hayuya which means "lugar de guayo" (place of guayo).

Jayuya, tucked into the rugged northern border of Toro Negro Forest Reserve (7,000 acres include Puerto Rico's highest peak. Spectacular views extending to the Atlantic and the Caribbean), promotes its Indian heritage and its wood caverns. A former Jayuyan coffee estate has been converted into a parador, with a little-used path to Cerro de Punta. The Cerro de Punta, with an elevation of 4,389 feet (1,338 meters) above sea level, is the highest point on the Island.

Jayuya is known for its skilled wood carvers.

Among its monuments are the Catholic church, the statue of Nemesio R. Canales and the bust of the Indian leader Jayuya, by the Puerto Rican sculptor Tomás Batista.

Jayuya is located in the center region of the island, north of Ponce; east of Utuado; and west of Ciales.

There are many well-known "jayuyanos", among them: poet Nemesio Canales.

Land Area: 101 sq km (39.3 sq mi)
Water Area: 0.00 sq mi
Population: 17,303
Density: 169.6 per sq. km. (440.6 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 5,591
Housing Density: 125.4
Per Capita Income: $5,156
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Ante nos se yergue...
Wards: Coabey, Collores, Jauca, Jayuya Abajo, Mameyes Arriba, Pica, Pueblo, Río Grande, Saliente and Veguitas.
Driving Distance: 64.3 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes *

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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