Renowned as the indigenous capital of Puerto Rico, Jayuya comes from the Taíno name Hayuya.
Jayuya Town Square
Renowned as the indigenous capital of Puerto Rico, Jayuya comes from the Taíno name Hayuya. Here you’ll find a monument of chief Jayuya, a mural depicting the Jayuya Sun, and the First Grave of the Puerto Rican Indian.
Jayuya Cultural Center
25 San Felipe Street
Monday to Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Indigenous artifacts exhibition.
The Written Stone Recreational Center
Road 144, Km. 2.3
A monumental stone with important petroglyphs by the Saliente River. A popular spot for bathing in the river.
Maboití Art and Culture Center
Monday to Sunday, 8am-4pm
This center is located in the neighborhood of Coabey, a Taíno word that means “world of the ancestors.” It houses the Cemí Museum, an exhibition of archaeological pieces, the first Taíno sanctuary featuring the burial site of an indigenous ancestor, indigenous villages and a store with Taíno crafts. Enjoy the impressive view of the sacred mountain at the Tres Picachos Forest.
Road 527, Km 9.3
Tours by appointment
Petroglyph mural featuring the iconic Jayuya Sun at Cerro Punta, the highest point in Puerto Rico.
This town in the central mountainous region of the island is known for its relatively cool temperatures during the winter, its Taíno legacy in the villages, and petroglyphs that survive to this day.
Batey Vegas Arriba and Bosque del Pueblo
Indigenous village at the top of a forest with a spectacular view.
Sun of Adjuntas Mural
Plaza Pública del centro urbano
Petroglyph mural of the Sun of Adjuntas located at the beautiful town square of Adjuntas, the town of the Sleeping Giant.
This town in the northern coast of the island is named after chief Arasibo, who lived in these lands. Arecibo also hosts a great cavern system, among which there’s Cueva del Indio (Indian’s Cave), one of the most visited in the country.
Cueva del Indio Nature Reserve
Road 681, Km. 8.1
This coastal and submarine reserve has the open cave with the largest concentration of petroglyphs in the island. We suggest caution, as this is rocky terrain, and recommend the services of an official tour guide from the list in this section.
Arecibo Ligthhouse & Historical Park
Intersection of roads 681 and 655
This theme park in Arecibo’s Lighthouse has a beautiful ocean view and recreates the main elements of Puerto Rican culture and history, from an indigenous village until Spanish and American colonization. It also has a water park and a small aquarium.
Antiguo Caney del Abacoa
Ave. José de Diego, Plaza del Abacoa
Ancient village where chief Arasibo lived. It has a beautiful view of the Río Grande de Arecibo (Great River of Arecibo).
Fishing Indian Monument
A monument by the Río Grande de Arecibo depicting a Taíno fisherman.
René Marqués Museum of Art and History
298 Ave. Santiago Iglesias
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday by appointment
This collection contains indigenous artifacts from archaeological findings in Arecibo, among them the “Dujo de Oliver” (Oliver’s seat), considered the most important archaeological item in Puerto Rico.
Cueva Ventana (Window Cave)
Road 10, Km.75
Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
This forest cave system has indigenous petroglyphs and trails, as well as one of the most impressive views of the island.
Dos Bocas Lake
Road 123, Km. 68.2
Monday to Sunday, 9am-6pm
This natural area is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and offers boat rides and several restaurants with a beautiful lake view.
Río Abajo State Forest
Road 10, Km. 4.4
Monday to Sunday
787.999.2200 ext. 5612/5613
Hike through old indigenous forest trails and visit a cave adorned with petroglyphs. Camping grounds are available every day. Groups of more than 9 people require a permit from the Department of Natural Resources.
The second largest city in Puerto Rico is also known for its Taíno heritage, especially for the Tibes Ceremonial Center that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Wednesday to Sunday, 6am-6pm
Recreational lake in a scenic natural reserve.
Jácana Archaeological Complex
Portugués River Reservoir
Important archaeological complex of what used to be an indigenous village.
Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center
Road 503, Km. 2.5
Tuesday to Sunday, 9am – 4pm
One of the oldest and most important indigenous archaeological complexes in the Caribbean. It houses a museum with archaeological artifacts found nearby.
This mountainous town in Puerto Rico’s central region is named in honor of chief Otoao, whose name means “among mountains.”
Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Center
Road 111, Km. 48.7
Monday to Sunday, 8am-4pm
The most important Taíno ceremonial center in the Antilles. It hosts a museum that exhibits important archaeological pieces and a gift shop with handmade crafts. There’s also a view to the iconic Cemí Mountain, sacred to the Taínos.
Tanamá National Park
Road 111, Km. 48
Tours available by reservation
Exotic nature and adventure experience. Features river rafting, caves adorned with petroglyphs, indigenous trails, and gorgeous scenery.
Petroglyphs at Salto de los Morones Rock
Petroglyph mural at the Río Grande de Arecibo. Exercise caution when hiking by the river.
Batey de Salto Arriba Village
University of Puerto Rico, Utuado Campus
This was an indigenous village that housed a unique geoglyph in the Antilles, similar to the Nazca Lines in Peru. Here you can see a petroglyph mural that features the famous Utuado Sun.
Monument to Chief Don Alonso
Utuado Town Square
A monument that honors Utuado’s chief Otoao, which means “among mountains” and gives the town its unique name.
Road 140, Km. 20
Recreational area with beautiful scenery.