Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Cambalache Forest – A Great Place for Biking or Walking

Cambalache Forest

The Cambalache State Forest (Bosque Estatal de Cambalache) offers a lovely oasis for picnics and gatherings, and it has several miles of trails designed for enjoying nature via mountain bike, walking or bird watching. This is one of the few places in Puerto Rico where you can mountain bike along cool and shaded forest trails, in an area that has some facilities for your comfort.

The forest is comprised of over 1000 acres of protected land, where local flora and fauna can thrive. Located between Arecibo and Barceloneta, this area is karst country — which means the landscape is limestone rock with lots of shrubs and trees.

Cambalache Forest

The recreation area (near the entrance) has one large picnic pavilion for larger parties/gatherings, and 4 smaller (but still nice-sized) picnic pavilions located along a wheelchair-accessible forest path. The picnic areas are equipped with a picnic table and benches and a charcoal BBQ pit. There are bathrooms (bring your own paper), but bathroom cleanliness may be an issue.

There is also a nice camping area that has some wheelchair accessible showers, though when we went there were no shower heads! The bathrooms at the camping area need a key, which I assume you can get when you registrar for a campsite at the office or ranger station.

Trails Galore!

For mountain bikers and walkers this park is about the trails — over 4 miles of them! There is one large loop that goes around the area (about 3½ miles long) and a number of other paths that cut through the middle of the large loop. There are signs pointing for each trail, pretty well marked.

Cambalache Forest

These forest trails have just about everything a mountin biker could want — a shaded route with trails in decent shape, and a varied path with some rocky areas, some roots, some mud, some smaller winding trails through trees, some uphills and some downhills.

We didn’t bike it, but the bikers we talked to loved it. They were doing their second trip around that day!

As a walk, the trail was nice (though very slippery in spots). Landscape was rugged and pretty, but not amazingly beautiful. Bring water and bug spray to be comfortable.

Details

Biking and walking in the forest are free. There is a parking lot just inside the entrance gate, and another one outside of the gate.

A permit is required for camping and group activities. You can get a permit by calling the División de Uso de Terrenos y Permisos Forestales, Wednesday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. Their numbers are 787-999-2200 ext 5610 or X 5613, or 787-881-1004. They may or may not speak English. Application for permit to camp is here

There are no places to rent bikes nearby, you have to bring your own.

Driving directions from the San Juan area — Take Route 22 to Route 683 (that’s exit 63). Take Route 683 north to Road 682 (may say 6682). Turn right onto Road 682 (6682). Continue until you see a sign for Cambalache Forest and the Job Corps on the right (about km 6), then make a right. There is a plant nursery on the left. Turn left after the nursery, and you will come to the DRNA sign for the forest. The road was in terrible shape when we went, so take it slow.

Allow a little less than 1 hour driving time from the San Juan area.

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