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Maricao, Puerto Rico


Maricao is known as «El Pueblo de las Indieras»
(town of indian settlements). Maricao was founded on April 10, 1874 by Bernardo
Collado, Julián Ayala, Francisco M. Sojo Napoleón Pietri
and Leoncio S. Martínez.

Maricao Church
Photo: Jose Caraballo

The town borders the Maricao Fish Hatchery, a collection of tanks and ponds in
a garden setting, where some 25,000 fish are raised yearly to stock farm
fishponds and island lakes. The hatchery is part of the Maricao Forest Reserve,
also known as Monte del Estado. Though of dryer vegetation than the other
mountain forest, The forest is home to large number of bird species and
a vast amount of flora, 582 species, 339 genera and 113 families. Its stone
observation tower provides far-flung views to the coast and the Mona Passage.


Maricao’s agriculture is a central part of the city’s economy, specifically coffee plantations. Maricao is known for
producting one of the best coffees in the island.
The city also producews fruits and vegetables.


Maricao, at the western edge of the mountains, is a small town
set around a small plaza in hilly terrain,
north of San Germán;, Sabana Grande and Yauco;
south of Las Marias and Lares;
southeast of Mayagüez; and west of Adjuntas.

Maricao is made up of 7 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bucarabones
  • Indiera Alta
  • Indiera Baja
  • Indiera Fría
  • Maricao Afuera
  • Montoso
  • Pueblo


10 Day Forecast


  • Casona de Juanita (Puerto Rican), (787) 831-7575
  • La Casa de Los Tostones Gigantes (Puerto Rican), (787) 838-5572
Festivals and Events
  • Coffee Harvest Festival — February
    Maricao celebrates «la toma de cafe» every year. The festival takes place in the plaza town and features folkloric music, crafts displays, typical cuisine and demonstrations of coffee preparations.
    (787) 838-2290
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Juan Bautista — June
    Every year, Maricao celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
    (787) 838-2290


Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 36.62 sq mi

Density: 161.1 per sq mi

Median Age: 44.6

Sex: 51% female

Economics **

Per capita income

Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $15,387
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 58.1%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
74.8 (2013)

Persons per household: 3. 14

High school grad or higher: 54.1%

Marital status: 30% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted — Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.

** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1808° N, 66.9800° W

Zip Code: 606

Driving Distance from San Juan: 86.5 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Things to Do in Maricao

The west is also a good area to head up into the mountains, and Maricao, west of Mayagüez, is one of the prettiest of Puerto Rico’s mountain towns. You can reach Maricao from Mayagüez, but you’ll have to take a number of routes heading east. First take Rte. 106 east to Rte. 119. Turn right onto Rte. 119. Take this until the community of Las Vegas, then turn left on Rte. 357 toward Maricao, which you will reach when you intersect with Rte. 105. The scenery is beautiful, but the roads are narrow and the going is slow. It’s quicker to head south along Hwy. 2 to Sabana Grande, and then take Hwy. 120 directly to Maricao.

One of the nicest spots is the Monte del Estado National Park (Rte. 120, Km 13.2; tel. 787/873-5632), a picnic area and campground in the Maricao Forest, with wonderful pools fed by mountain streams. The stone observation tower, at 2,600 feet (792m) above sea level, provides a panoramic view across the green mountains up to the coastal plains, and you can see clear out to Mona Island. Nearly 50 species of birds live in this forest, including the Lesser Antillean pewee and the scaly naped pigeon. Nature watchers will delight to know that there are some 280 tree species in this reserve, 38 of which are found only here. The area has about 18 rivers and creeks running through the forest.

Marcaio is coffee country, and there are several plantations and historic plantation houses in the town. Parador Hacienda Juanita is a beautiful inn and restaurant in a restored former coffee plantation house that was built in 1836.

Nearby is Lares, which has a lovely central plaza with shady trees and scattered tropical gardens. The plaza, La Plaza de la Revolucíon, is named after one of the few nationalist uprisings in Puerto Rican history. In 1863, El Grito de Lares («The Cry of Lares») took place when hundreds of Puerto Rican patriots seized the town from the Spanish on September 28, 1868. While a republic of Puerto Rico was declared, the Spanish quickly resumed control. Today, thousands of independence supporters come here to commemorate the event each year on its September 28 anniversary. Surrounded by mountains and green valleys, it is one of the island’s prettiest towns, though it lacks hotels and attractions for tourists.

From Isabela, you can visit Lago de Guajataca and the Guajataca Forest Reserve, which are located in the mountains south of town.

Before heading into Bosque Estatal de Guajataca (Guajataca Forest), you can stop in at the Dept. de Recursos Naturales Oficina, Rte. 446, Km 9, Barrio Llanadas (tel. 787/872-1045 or 787/999-2000), which is open daily 7am to 3:30pm. The office has a stock of detailed hiking routes through the forest reserve. Guajataca Forest sprawls across nearly 2,400 acres (971 hectares) of forestland, rising and falling at various elevations, ranging from 500 to 1,000 feet (152-305m) or more. The woodland in the forest is punctuated by mogotes (tropical cone and tower karsts) and covered with 25 miles (40km) of hiking trails. It is also home to the endangered Puerto Rico boa (you are unlikely to encounter one) and is the habitat of nearly 50 different species of birds. The highlight of the forest is the Cueva del Viento, the «Cave of the Wind.» The hiking trails have been well marked by park rangers.

Reaching the lake from the forest can be difficult. Take Rte. 446 south until you reach Rte. 119. The Lago de Guajatac, one of the most majestic bodies of water on Puerto Rico, is our favorite lake for some R&R on the island. It is both a 4-mile-long (6.4km) body of water and a wildlife refuge. For a scenic look at the lake, drive along its north shore which is a haven for island freshwater anglers. You can go fishing here, but you have to bring your own equipment. The most sought-after fish is tucunare, with which the lake is stocked. At the dam here, you can gaze upon an evocative «lost valley» of conical peaks.

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Maricao, Puerto Rico — provinces, cities, time zones


Bucarabones Barrio

Indera Alta Barrio

Indera Baia Barrio

Indera Fria Barrio

Marikao Afuera Barry …

Montoso Barrio

Information about the region

Region: Maricao
Time zone: America / Puerto Rico
DST: -4&nbsp

*GMT/UTC — Coordinated Universal Time
*DST — Daylight Saving Time

Geographic information

Latitude in degrees: 18. 17301
Longitude in degrees: -66.94546
Latitude in degrees, minutes and seconds: 18° 10′ 23″ North
Longitude in degrees, minutes and seconds: 66° 57′ 44″ W
Height above sea level: 466 meters
Geographic feature: A (Special feature of type Administrative region)
Geographic object code: A.ADM1 (first order administrative division)

*first-order administrative division — the primary administrative division of a country, such as a state in the United States

Cities in the region


Hacienda Balare

Hacienda Delicias

Hacienda Esperanza

Hacienda Fortuna

Hacienda Indira

Hacienda La Delfina

Hacienda La Vega

Hacienda Llanada

Hacienda Manuela

Hacienda Maria Anton .

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