Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Caguana Utuado, PR
Consists of a dozen Taíno ballcourts – or bateyes – surrounded by hundreds of stones carved with petroglyphs.
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Built by the native taíno tribe that inhabited the area some 800 years ago, the Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Caguana is one of the earliest and most significant archeological finds on the island.

The park, located in the town of Utuado, consists of a dozen ballcourts – or bateyes – surrounded by hundreds of rocks and stones carved with petroglyphs. These common areas were the site of ancient ballgames, usually containing ritual aspects. A nearby mountain overlooking the park is famous for resembling a cemí, a type of stone idol used to represent divinities.

Native plants used by the taínos are planted in gardens around the site. These include starches used for food, such as yautía and yuca, and trees used for wood, like the iconic Ceiba. Replicas of bohíos and artifacts relating to their culture are also on display.

The site, administered by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, was designated as a U.S. Natural Historic Landmark in 1993, due to its archeological importance.
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