Ruta Panorámica

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Ruta Panorámica
Route information
Maintained by DTOP
Length: 167 mi (269 km)
Existed: 1970s – present
Major junctions
West end: PR-2 in Mayagüez
 

PR-2 in Mayagüez
PR-120 in Maricao
PR-10 in Adjuntas
PR-149 in Jayuya
PR-155 in Orocovis
PR-162 in Barranquitas
PR-1 in Cayey
PR-184 in San Lorenzo
PR-181 in Yabucoa

PR-3 in Maunabo
East end: PR-3 in Maunabo
Highway system
Puerto Rico Highways

The Ruta Panorámica (Scenic Route), officially the Ruta Panorámica Luis Muñoz Marin (Luis Muñoz Marin Scenic Route), is a 167-mile (269 km) network of some 40 secondary roads which traverse the island of Puerto Rico from west to east along its Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range).[1][2] Most of the route consists of three roads, PR-105, PR-143, and PR-182.[3][4] The route starts in Mayagüez and ends in Maunabo. The first major segment of the route runs from Mayagüez to Maricao as Route 105, then from Adjuntas to Aibonito as Route 143, and then follows Route 182 toward Maunabo.[3]

History[edit]

Early in the 1970s, the Autoridad de Carreteras de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Roads Authority) developed a 220-kilometer route along the Cordillera Central. The route was finished in 1974. According to the original plans, the route started at Cerro Las Mesas in Mayagüez, ran along the full length of the central mountains, including along parts of the length of the Sierra de Cayey to end at Cuchilla de Pandura, in Yabucoa. The development of the route included the building of overlooks, rest areas, and recreational facilities at a cost of $4 million. In 1975, it was estimated that the cost of the necessary facilities to complete the Route - but excluding roads already built - amounted to $20 million.[5] National Geographic has called the route "an assemblage of 40-plus roads that cuts through the island's lush Cordillera Central." [6]

Route description[edit]

A sign on westbound PR-143 in Barrio Anón, Ponce, Puerto Rico, pointing out Ruta Panorámica near PR-149

As the Route is a two-way road, it can be traveled starting at either its western or its eastern terminii. To travel the Route in a westerly direction (i.e., from Maunabo to Mayagüez), the course of the road is reversed from what is given here. Starting from Mayagüez and ending in Maunabo, as of August 2010, the course of the Route is as follows:[7]
PR-105 Municipality of Mayagüez (Eastbound)
PR-339 Municipality of Mayagüez (Eastbound)
PR-119 Municipality of Mayagüez (Northbound)
PR-106 Municipality of Mayagüez (Eastbound)
PR-106 Municipality of Las Marias (Eastbound)
PR-120 Municipality of Las Marias (Southbound)
PR-120 Municipality of Maricao (Southbound)
PR-120 Municipalities of Maricao and San Germán (Eastbound)
PR-120 Municipalities of Maricao and Sabana Grande (Eastbound)

Landmark: Maricao State Forest, site of Monte del Estado.

PR-366 Municipalities of Maricao and Sabana Grande (Eastbound)
PR-365 Municipalities of Maricao and Yauco (Eastbound)
PR-105 Municipalities of Maricao and Yauco (Eastbound)
PR-128 Municipality of Maricao (Northbound)
PR-128 Municipality of Lares (Northbound)
PR-135 Municipality of Lares (Eastbound)
PR-135 Municipality of Adjuntas (Eastbound)

Landmark: Lago Guayo

PR-525 Municipality of Adjuntas (Eastbound)
PR-518 Municipality of Adjuntas (Eastbound)

Landmark: Lago Garzas

PR-123 Municipality of Adjuntas (Southbound)
PR-143 Municipality of Adjuntas (Eastbound)
PR-143 Municipality of Ponce (Eastbound)

Landmark: Toro Negro State Forest

PR-143 Municipality of Jayuya (Eastbound)
PR-143 Municipality of Ponce (Eastbound)
PR-143 Municipality of Villalba (Eastbound)

Landmark: Salto de Doña Juana Waterfall (2 miles)
Landmark: Villalba Overlook

PR-143 Municipality of Orocovis (Eastbound)
PR-143 Municipality of Coamo (Eastbound)
PR-143 Municipality of Barranquitas (Eastbound)
PR-723 Municipality of Barranquitas (Southbound)
PR-7718 Municipality of Aibonito (Eastbound)

Landmark: Piedra Degetau Overlook

PR-7722 Municipality of Cayey (Eastbound)
PR-1 Municipality of Cayey (Eastbound)
PR-737 Municipality of Cayey (Southbound)
PR-7737 Municipality of Cayey (Eastbound)
PR-741 Municipality of Cayey (Eastbound)
PR-7741 Municipality of Cayey (Eastbound)
PR-742 Municipality of Cayey (Eastbound)
PR-179 Municipality of Cayey (Northbound)
PR-184 Municipality of Cayey (Southbound)

Landmark: Carite (Guavate) State Forest

PR-7740 Municipalities of San Lorenzo and Patillas (Eastbound)
PR-181 Municipality of Patillas (Southbound)
PR-182 Municipality of Patillas (Eastbound)
PR-182 Municipality of Yabucoa (Eastbound)
PR-901 Municipality of Yabucoa (Eastbound)
PR-3 Municipality of Yabucoa (Southbound)
PR-3 Municipality of Maunabo (Southbound)

Note: Whenever one of the roads of the Route is also the boundary between two municipalities, both municipalities are shown in the course of the Route above. For example, PR-120 Municipalities of Maricao and San Germán (Eastbound).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Josh Eells. "Road Trip: La Ruta Panorámica." Budget Travel. Dec 2011/Jan 2012. Page 27.
  2. ^ Tourist Routes: Panoramic Route. Puerto Rico Boriken. By Hector F. Davila. Retrieved 27 November 2009
  3. ^ a b Mapa Informativo de Puerto Rico Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  4. ^ Maps: Road Map. Caribbean Business. Retrieved 27 November 2009
  5. ^ Original length and completion year. Originally published by Primera Hora on March 13, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  6. ^ National Geographic.
  7. ^ Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportación. Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas. Prepared by MetroData, Inc. San Juan, Puerto Rico. August 2010.