Traveling along PR-52, the main road that connects northern municipalities to the island’s southern coast, is one of Puerto Rico’s most pleasant surprises. The road leads travelers through impressive views of the Sierra de Cayey mountain range that combine azure skies with the lush green peaks that define the region and dominate its landscapes.
The Monumento al Jíbaro, sculpted by renowned local artist Tomás Batista, stands proudly in front of the majestic backdrop, a powerful symbol of national identity. The statue pays homage to the hard-working, rural peasants and families who lived off the land in centuries past, yet continue to influence subsequent generations through adopted values and traditions. This striking representation of a humble country couple stands as a tribute to the enduring figure of the jíbaro, much romanticized in Puerto Rican culture and folklore.
Located on a popular rest stop in the municipality of Cayey, the monument also offers weary travelers and avid photographers a convenient spot from which to take in the view and enjoy the gentle breeze that blows by.