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Cerro Maravilla
Cerro Maravilla is located in Puerto Rico
Cerro Maravilla
Cerro Maravilla
Location in Puerto Rico
Highest point
Elevation 3,953 ft (1,205 m)
Geography
Location Barrio Anón
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Parent range Cordillera Central
Climbing
Easiest route PR-143 (km 21.9) at PR-577
Barrio Anón
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Cerro Maravilla is Puerto Rico's fourth highest peak at 1,205 meters (3,953 ft). It is located on the northern edge Barrio Anón in Ponce, close to the border with the municipality Jayuya, and is part of the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range). It is known as El Cerro de los Mártires ("Mountain of the Martyrs") and characterized as the most infamous peak in Puerto Rico, due to the 1978 Cerro Maravilla murders which took place here.

Location and access

Carretera PR-143 (Viajando hacia el Oeste) y acercandose a la Carretera PR-577 hacia el Cerro Maravilla, Barrio Anon, Ponce, Puerto Rico (DSC01621)
PR-143 Westbound approaching PR-577 which leads to Cerro Maravilla, in Barrio Anon, Ponce

The peak is located at the end of the 0.5 km-long Puerto Rico Highway 577, which is accessible via Puerto Rico Highway 143, traveling either westbound or eastbound. PR-143 is a secondary two-way, two-lane mountainous road that is relatively well traveled. The peak's coordinates are: 18°9′8.34″N 66°33′17.63″W / 18.1523167°N 66.5548972°W / 18.1523167; -66.5548972.

The height of the mountain makes for some interesting sights. For example, on clear days both the northern and southern coasts of the island can be appreciated simultaneously. In the winter season, the air is crisp and the temperature at night will usually fluctuate between the 40s and 60s degrees Fahrenheit. The chirping of the familiar "coquis" is prominent after nightfall.

Climate

The following table charts the climate at Cerro Marravilla throughout the year.

Climate data for Cerro Maravilla (1981-2010)
(Climate - [Cfb] Subtropical Highland)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 85
(29.4)
87
(30.6)
90
(32.2)
82
(27.8)
94
(34.4)
90
(32.2)
87
(30.6)
94
(34.4)
98
(36.7)
85
(29.4)
88
(31.1)
92
(33.3)
98
(36.7)
Average high °F (°C) 61.6
(16.44)
64.8
(18.22)
66.6
(19.22)
67.2
(19.56)
68.0
(20)
70.4
(21.33)
75.6
(24.22)
75.4
(24.11)
75.1
(23.94)
70.6
(21.44)
68.7
(20.39)
66.0
(18.89)
65.6
(18.67)
Average low °F (°C) 49.0
(9.44)
47.7
(8.72)
55.4
(13)
57.9
(14.39)
59.8
(15.44)
62.0
(16.67)
64.3
(17.94)
65.4
(18.56)
61.8
(16.56)
61.7
(16.5)
59.3
(15.17)
52.6
(11.44)
57.4
(14.11)
Record low °F (°C) 30
(-1.1)
34
(1.1)
32
(0)
41
(5)
41
(5)
45
(7.2)
50
(10)
50
(10)
42
(5.6)
42
(5.6)
41
(5)
39
(3.9)
40
(4.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.81
(96.8)
3.64
(92.5)
5.12
(130)
8.57
(217.7)
12.14
(308.4)
7.06
(179.3)
6.09
(154.7)
10.39
(263.9)
13.68
(347.5)
15.66
(397.8)
9.03
(229.4)
4.13
(104.9)
99.32
(2,522.7)
Humidity 75 55 52 69 80 65 70 77 77 78 82 75 71.3
Avg. rainy days 15 5 3 11 25 19 21 25 25 23 26 21 219
Source #1: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
Source #2: Southeast Regional Climate Center 

Cerro Maravilla experienced severe flooding after 24 hours of rainfall on October 6–7, 1985.

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