Barranquitas

Barranquitas is a small mountain town and municipality of Puerto Rico located on the Cordillera Central, the central mountain range of the island. The town, although small, has much to offer to its visitors and it is famous for its history, particularly for being the birthplace of Luis Muñoz Rivera, politician and father of Luis Muñoz Marín, the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico.

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Barranquitas is located in the eastern highlands of the Cordillera Central and one of its most famous landmarks is the San Cristobal Canyon, one of the largest and deepest canyons in the Caribbean shaped by the Aibonito and Usabón rivers. The area used to be inhabited by the Jatibonicu tribe of Tainos, the native peoples of Puerto Rico before the arrival of the Spanish.

The best to get to Barranquitas is by car through routes PR-156, PR-152, PR-771 and PR-162.

As with most of Puerto Rican towns, Barranquitas is quite car-centric and driving is the best way to get around town.

Parish and main town square during the artisanal fair.
  • El Cortijo Castle (Castillo del Cortijo), Carr. 162 km 9.9 (just outside of downtown Barranquitas), +1 787-922-9325, josehiram@castilloelcortijo.com. Former residence full of legends and folklore. Call or contact by e-mail for visiting hours and arrangements. (updated Oct 2021)
  • Pueblo de Barranquitas (downtown Barranquitas). The main town area of the municipality of Barranquitas although small contains lots of history and heritage. The town is associated with the Muñoz family, and Luis Muñoz Rivera was born here; the family mausoleum is also nearby. The area also hosts the city hall, historic parish church and main town square. (updated Oct 2021)
    • Luis Muñoz Rivera House and Museum (Museo y Casa Natal de Luis Muñoz Rivera), 3-7 Manuel Torres Street (corner of Muñoz Rivera St. and Manuel Torres St.), +1 787-857-0230. W-Su 8AM-4:30PM. Birthplace of Luis Muñoz Rivera, one of the most important figures in Puerto Rico’s struggle for autonomy, and father of Luis Muñoz Marín, first democratically-elected governor of Puerto Rico. The museum preserves artifacts from the time, memorabilia from the time, and many family heirlooms. (updated Oct 2021)
    • Muñoz Rivera Family Museoleum (Mausoleo de la Familia Muñoz Rivera), 19 Padre Berrios Street. Tu-Su 8:30AM-4:20PM. Mausoleum and memorial to the Muñoz Rivera family. (updated Oct 2021)
    • Plaza Bicentenaria (Plaza de Barranquitas) (center of downtown). Main town square of Barranquitas home to the town’s parish church and city hall. The square also hosts artisanal fairs in summer, and the town’s patron festival in June. (updated Oct 2021)
  • San Cristóbal Canyon (Cañón de San Cristóbal). One of the reasons why visitors come to Barranquitas is to visit this large and deep canyon. The most visited section is the gorge area that separates Barranquitas from Aibonito. Although the canyon and its nature are protected there are no formally-maintained hiking trails and guided hiking tours are the easiest way to explore the area. (updated Oct 2021)

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