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Culebra's Highest Point
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Steve Shivers (
Date:   02-07-06 20:18

The previous post on this forum mentions a new guest house called Vigias and says it's named after the hightest mountain on the island. I thought the highest mountain in Culebra was called Resaca. Is Vigias a local/popular name for the same peak? I was hoping to hike to the high point during my visit. Is it in an off limits area of the wildlife refuge? Can someone provide access directions? Seems to me I've seen mention of a Mt. Resaca Trail somewhere (Tamarindo Estates site).


S & L in VA
"Stercus Evenit"

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Re: Culebra's Highest Point
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Michael (---.c3-0.nyw-ubr2.nyr-nyw.ny.cable.rcn)
Date:   02-07-06 20:25

That is indeed a very good question!

John has a survey map on his website,

I would have looked myself, but it crashes my acrobat reader :(

Enjoy Culebra!


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Re: Culebra's Highest Point
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Steve Shivers (
Date:   02-08-06 08:04

The PDF works for me. You can also view the USGS map at:

Use the "View Scale" drop down window on the left side to zoom in and out. Click "Update Map" when you've selected a scale. You can recenter by clicking on the map. This map is from 1948, so don't expect to see current roads and buildings. I assume the landscape hasn't changed much! Placenames shown were those that were offically recognized by the U.S. Government at the time of publication.

I did more looking into the name of the island's high point. USGS Geographic Information System shows the following:

Board on Geographic Names Decisions
Feature Name: Resaca, Monte
Decision Year: 1950
Authority Decision Type: Board Decision Official

So as far as the government is concerned, Resaca is correct. However, there are plenty of instances where names used by the locals differ from what's official. I lived for almost 10 years in Alaska. The official name for North America's highest peak is Mount McKinely. Everyone living up there calls it by its native name - Denali. So is Vigias the name used by the locals? Inquiring minds want to know. I'd still like to no about access too.

As long as we are talking about high points, here's some elevations:

North America: 20,321' - 6194 m
Puerto Rico: Cerro de Punta 4390' - 1,338 m
Culebra: 650' - 198 m
Luis Pena: 476' - 145 m

S & L in VA
"Stercus Evenit"

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Re: Culebra's Highest Point
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: S.V.I bound (
Date:   01-08-15 11:06

Are there trails to hike Mount Resaca?
If so how where they accessed, what's the aprox. walking distance and time to summit?
What can be expected upon arrival to the summit, is there an excellent view or
does the vegetation block? Heading down Easter week!

Beach Bumb

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