Barranquitas, Puerto Rico

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Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
Town and Municipality
Flag of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Cuna de Próceres", "Cuna Feria de Artesanías", "El Altar de la Patria", "El Pueblo de Luis Muñoz Rivera
Anthem: "Aquí en el centro de nuestra tierra"
Location of Barranquitas in Puerto Rico
Location of Barranquitas in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°11′12″N 66°18′23″W / 18.18667°N 66.30639°W / 18.18667; -66.30639Coordinates: 18°11′12″N 66°18′23″W / 18.18667°N 66.30639°W / 18.18667; -66.30639
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded 1803
 • Mayor Francisco "Paco" López (PNP)
 • Senatorial dist. 6 - Guayama
 • Representative dist. 27
 • Total 33.21 sq mi (86.01 km2)
 • Land 33 sq mi (86 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (.01 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 30,318
 • Density 910/sq mi (350/km2)
Demonym(s) Barranquiteños
Time zone UTC-4 (AST)
Zip code 00794

Barranquitas (Spanish pronunciation: [baraŋˈkitas], Smallgullies) is a small mountain municipality located in the central region of Puerto Rico (U.S.), south of Corozal and Naranjito; north of Coamo and Aibonito; west of Comerío and Cidra; and east of Orocovis. Barranquitas is spread over 6 wards and Barranquitas Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Barranquitas is about one hour by winding roads from San Juan, the capital. It is nestled amid hills and mountains, and nearby, between Barranquitas and Aibonito, is located the "cañón de San Cristóbal" (Canyon of Saint Cristopher); one of the deepest canyons in the Indies. For years, the overlook was used as a municipal garbage; in the last decade, the refuse was removed and the site restored.


Barranquitas's local Taino Indian Cacique (Chief) was called Orocobix and his yucayeque or tribe was known as the Jatibonicu Taino.

The town was founded in 1803 by Antonio Aponte Ramos.

Early in the 20th century, Barranquitas residents, known as Barranquiteños, had a short but legendary territory war with residents of the city of Comerío.


The Municipality of Barranquitas sits on the middle of the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico, which is the main mountain range that crosses the island from west to east. It is bordered by the municipalities of Corozal, Naranjito, Coamo, Aibonito, Orocovis, and Comerío. Barranquitas has a surface area of 34 square miles (88.4 km2).

The terrain is mostly mountainous. Some of the peaks found in the municipality are La Torrecilla and Farallón. Barranquitas is also the site of the San Cristóbal Canyon.

Water features[edit]

The following rivers pass through Barranquitas: Río de Barranquitas, Río Grande de Manatí, Piñonas, Río Hondo, and Río Usabón.



The municipality of Barranquitas is divided into eight barrios.[1]

  • Barrancas
  • Barranquitas Pueblo
  • Cañabón
  • Helechal
  • Honduras
  • Palo Hincado
  • Quebrada Grande
  • Quebradillas



Barranquitas is the burial place of two prominent Puerto Rican politicians, Luis Muñoz Rivera (who was born in town) and his son, Governor Luis Muñoz Marín (who was born in San Juan). This has made Barranquitas a popular tourist attraction among Puerto Ricans. The birthplace of Muñoz Rivera has been turned into a museum. The mausoleum of the Muñoz Rivera family is another place of interest. Among those buried are Muñoz Rivera and his son and daughter-in-law, Luis Muñoz Marín, and his second wife Inés Mendoza de Munoz.

Other known places of interest in Barranquitas are the San Cristóbal Canyon, and the ruins of Hacienda Margarita. El Cortijo Castle is an old, historical structure, which is currently a museum. Also, Camp Morton is a popular spot for activities and retirements.


National Artisans Fair in the town's plaza, 2008

Festivals and events[edit]

Among the annual festivities celebrated in Barranquitas are: The Festival del Apio (The Apio Festival. Apio)held in April. The apio(from the legume Apios tuberosa / Apios americana) is a plant considered in the family of the celery. The Festival de la Vega, held in May. Another one is the festivity in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua, the town's patron saint, are held in June. The most famous festival is the annual Artisans Fair, the oldest one in the island, with over 50 years, and it's held on mid July.


Barranquitas has no professional sports teams, but there are some amateur sports teams based in the city. The most popular amateur sport is baseball. The team of Barranquitas is known as the "Proceres" (is an adjective for an important person in history)due to the fact that the town has been the birthplace for many historical figures. The other popular sport is the volleyball.



Some of the crops grown in Barranquitas are coffee, fruits, and vegetables. The main crop in Barranquitas is the Apio. The Apio is a root vegetable (from the legume Apios tuberosa / Apios americana), and it is eaten like potatoes. Not to be confused with celeriac.


Barranquitas manufacturers include footwear and clothing.


Many of the Puerto Ricans born in the town are known to have light-colored eyes and have strong European features. Some also have an apparent mestizo look to them. The reason for this phenomenon is due to the migration of many Taino Indians during the Spanish colonization. Many Tainos fled to the mountainous region to escape slavery. Many poor Spanish and other European immigrants moved to this region as well and settled as coffee growers. Eventually, the Taino and European immigrants intermarried and created what is called the "mestizo".


All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Barranquitas is Francisco López, of the New Progressive Party (PNP). He was elected at the 1996 general elections, and re-elected for the last 4 general elections.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VI, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Miguel Pereira Castillo and Angel M. Rodríguez were elected as District Senators.[2]


All schools in Puerto Rico are administered by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. The schools located in Barranquitas are the following:[3]

School Level Ward Public Location(s) Coords
Escuela La Torre K-6 Cañabón Yes Carr 770 km 2 (mile marker 1.2) Hm 1 (yard marker 110) Sector La Torre

18°12′25″N 66°20′18″W / 18.207048°N 66.338311°W / 18.207048; -66.338311 (Escuela La Torre)

Escuela Cañabón Abajo K-6 Barrancas Yes Carr 172
Escuela Mana Abajo K-6 Barrancas Yes Carr 771 km 9 (mile marker 5.6) Hm 2 (yard marker 220) Sector Mana Abajo

18°14′09″N 66°18′22″W / 18.235955°N 66.306095°W / 18.235955; -66.306095 (Escuela Mana Abajo)

Escuela El Portón K-6 Honduras Yes Carr 156 km 17 (mile marker 11) Hm 7 (yard marker 770) Sector El Portón

18°11′29″N 66°18′23″W / 18.191368°N 66.306278°W / 18.191368; -66.306278 (Escuela El Portón))

Escuela El Farallón K-6 Quebradillas Yes Carr 152 km 7 (mile marker 4.3) Hm 6 (yard marker 660)

18°14′16″N 66°17′36″W / 18.237845°N 66.293371°W / 18.237845; -66.293371 (Escuela El Farallón)

Escuela Sinforoso Aponte K-6 Quebradillas Yes Carr 152 km 7 (mile marker 4.3) Hm 6 (yard marker 660)

18°12′45″N 66°17′27″W / 18.212475°N 66.290946°W / 18.212475; -66.290946 (Escuela Sinforoso Aponte))

Escuela Petroamérica Pagán K-6 Pueblo Yes Calle Muñoz Rivera #14

18°11′11″N 66°18′27″W / 18.186292°N 66.307554°W / 18.186292; -66.307554 (Escuela Petroamérica Pagán)

Escuela La Vega (Stephen S. Huse) K-6 Pueblo Yes Carr 771 km 0 (mile marker 0) Hm 3 (yard marker 330) Bda La Vega

18°11′24″N 66°18′54″W / 18.190083°N 66.315011°W / 18.190083; -66.315011 (Escuela La Vega (Stephen S. Huse))

Escuela S.U. Palo Hincado (Federico Degetau) K-9 Palo Hincado Yes Carr 156 km 11 (mile marker 6.8) Hm 4 (yard marker 440)

18°11′23″N 66°20′34″W / 18.189742°N 66.342675°W / 18.189742; -66.342675 (Escuela S.U. Palo Hincado (Federico Degetau))

Escuela S.U. La Loma (Antonio Vázquez Ramos) K-9 Quebrada Grande Yes Carr 156 km 20 (mile marker 12) Hm 1 (yard marker 110)

18°11′04″N 66°16′40″W / 18.184485°N 66.277771°W / 18.184485; -66.277771 (Escuela S.U. La Loma (Antonio Vázquez Ramos))

Escuela S.U. Helechal K-9 Helechal Yes Carr 162 km 7 (mile marker 4.3) Hm 4 (yard marker 440)

18°10′09″N 66°18′53″W / 18.169233°N 66.314842°W / 18.169233; -66.314842 (Escuela S.U. Helechal)

Escuela S.U. Lajitas (Ramon T Rivera) K-9 Barrancas Yes Carr 771 km 5 (mile marker 3.1) Hm 4 (yard marker 440)

18°13′26″N 66°18′48″W / 18.223767°N 66.31327°W / 18.223767; -66.31327 (Escuela S.U. Lajitas (Ramon T Rivera))

Escuela Pedro Laboy 7-9 Quebradillas Yes Carr 152 km 6 (mile marker 3.7) Hm 5 (yard marker 550)

18°13′49″N 66°17′06″W / 18.23034°N 66.284873°W / 18.23034; -66.284873 (Escuela Pedro Laboy)

Escuela José Berríos Berdecia 7-9 Pueblo Yes Calle Melitón Pereles

18°11′16″N 66°18′33″W / 18.187759°N 66.309088°W / 18.187759; -66.309088 (Escuela José Berríos Berdecia)

Escuela Pablo Colón Berdecia (Superior Vocational) 10-12 Pueblo Yes Calle Barcelo Final

18°11′11″N 66°18′05″W / 18.186302°N 66.301289°W / 18.186302; -66.301289 (Escuela Pablo Colón Berdecia (Superior Vocational))

Escuela Luis Muñoz Marín (Superior Commerce) 10-12 Quebradillas Yes Calle A Sector Nuevo

18°11′30″N 66°18′28″W / 18.191551°N 66.307908°W / 18.191551; -66.307908 (Escuela Luis Muñoz Marín (Superior Commerce))

San Francisco de Asís School K-9 Helechal No Carr 719 km 2 (mile marker 1.2) Hm 5 (yard marker 550) Sector Hoya Honda

18°10′05″N 66°18′34″W / 18.168068°N 66.30937°W / 18.168068; -66.30937 (San Francisco School)

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