Puerto Rico
Nickname: Otoao, Ciudad del Viví”, “Los Montañeses”
Gentilic: “Utuadeños”
Utuado is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central/western mountainous region of the island known as La Cordillera Central. It is located north of Adjuntas and Ponce; south of Hatillo and Arecibo; east of Lares; and west of Ciales and Jayuya. In land area it is the third largest municipality in Puerto Rico (after Arecibo and Ponce). According to the 2000 US Census the city has a population of 35,336 spread over 24 wards and Utuado Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). The name Utuado derives from the Taíno word “otoao”, meaning “between mountains.”
On January 5, 1987, the Municipal Assembly of Utuado adopted the official flag of Utuado. The superior green stripe symbolizes the green mountains; the brown stripe (in the middle) symbolizes the rich land of Utuado, and the bottom clear blue stripe is symbol of the rivers and lakes of our land. The Sun of Otoao in the center is a copy of one of most important of our indigenous culture because it is a symbol of the Taíno culture. Designed by Luis A. Lafontaine.
Coat of Arms
The design of the Coat of Arms of Utuado was made by Dr. J.J. Santa Pinter de Arga and adopted in 1981 approved by the Decree Number 24 of the 1980-1981 series. Its heraldic description is the following one:
In a blue field the figure of the Cemí in its original color with a silver sword, gold grip.
In the head to right the figure of the Woman of Caguana, of gold, and to left a stick with a pick in gold with a silver lamp with red flame.
In the base, an undulated stripe in silver.
At the top a five point crown in gold, surrounded with a brown stripe and covered in silver.
The banner’s inscription “City Of The VIVI”.
Festivals and events
Barrio Angeles Fiesta – April
The Agricultural Technology department of the University of Puerto Rico at Utuado hosts an annual festival, Festival Tierra Adentro, featuring arts and crafts by local artisans, music, food and plant and animal exhibitions. This festival is held in early April.Guarionex Fiestas – April‘Feria Artesanal de Angeles is an annual arts & crafts fair held in early May in barrio Angeles featuring local artisans, music and food.Cross Rosary – May

Festival Cultural del Otoao is an annual event held in the beginning of December celebrating Utuado’s Taino heritage.

Fiestas Patronales de San Miguel Arcangel – September

Alan J. Gonzalez Cancel
Town Colors: Patron Saint: San Miguel Arcangel
The Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site in barrio Caguana, Utuado, Puerto Rico, is considered one of the most important archeological sites in the West Indies. Studies estimate it is over 700 years old, built by the Taíno around 1270 AD. Approximately 30 ball courts (bateyes) have been identified and many have been restored to their original state. Monoliths and petroglyphs carved by the Taínos can be seen among the rocks and stones, some weighing over a ton, that were most likely brought from the Tanama River located adjacent to the site. Also located near the site is the Cemí Mountain (Montaña Cemí) which was believed, by the Taínos, to be the home of their gods and the reason they built the ball courts in that area.Lago Dos Bocas is a lake located in the municipality of Utuado on the island of Puerto Rico. The lake was created in 1942 when a dam was constructed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority for a hydroelectric power plant. It also serves as one of the island’s potable water reservoirs. In recent years, silt has accumulated in the lake causing capacity to shrink. Silt has also made some portions of the land inaccessible by boat.

Websites of Interest for Utuado, Puerto Rico
The Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts – The Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site, a National Historic Landmark, is located on Rte. 111, Km. 12.3, west of Utuado, Puerto Rico. The park is open 9:00am to 4:00pm, Wednesday-Sunday. There is a small museum at the site. Call 787-894-7325 or 787-724-5477 for further information.
Lagos y Plantas Hidroelectricas de Puerto Rico – Historia del desarrollo de la energia eléctrica en PR. Datos acerca de las unidades generatrices y de los lagos que la alimentan.
Las Páginas de Utuado, Puerto Rico – Las Páginas de Utuado, Puerto Rico, La Ciudad del Viví, con información de Utuado, Puerto Rico, fotos, midis, cámara web, además enlaces muy útiles
Utuado, Puerto Rico, Las Páginas de Beto y Dylia – Paginas Personales de Beto y Dylia Villafañe con información de Utuado, Puerto Rico, fotos, midis, radioaficionados, además enlaces muy útiles