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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.

El Cemi (Photo: Eunice Perez Rivera)

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.

Jayuya is made up of 10 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Coabey
  • Collores
  • Jauca
  • Jayuya Abajo
  • Mameyes Arriba
  • Pica
  • Pueblo
  • Río Grande
  • Saliente
  • Veguitas

Things to See and Do In Jayuya

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival Jibaro de Tomate - February
  • Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Senora de la Monserrate - September
    Every year, Jayuya celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 828-0900
  • Jayuya Indian Festival - November
    Jayuya celebrates the culture of the Taino Indians, this festival brings together more than 100 artists and performers. The festivities include dances, food, parades and a Miss Taino Indian pageant. (787) 828-5010


Jayuya's Flag

Anthem: Ante nos se yergue...


There are 13 public schools in Jayuya, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

16,010 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 44.53 sq mi

Density: 373.7 per sq mi

Median Age: 33.1

Economics *

Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $19,489
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 51.70 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 146.9

Persons per household: 3.42

High school grad or higher: 68.8%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

Map References

Coordinates: 18.2186° N, 66.5917° W

Zip Code: 00664

Driving Distance from San Juan: 64.3 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It became a U.S. territory in 1898, when it was acquired from Spain after the Spanish-American War.