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.

Discover El Yunque History in the Río Espíritu Santo

Why is it that we never make the time to see the stuff that is closest to our own homes?

We travel all over the island exploring and seeking out all sorts of cool things, yet we had never managed to stop to see the pre-Columbian petroglyphs that we drive right past multiple times every week.

Seriously … the area we have lived in for years is called Cara de Indio (literally translates to Face of the Indian) due to a bunch of petroglyphs in the river that our road crosses over. Yet we had never stopped to see them. But every time we cross the bridge we say “You know what we should do …”.

Cara del Indio

We finally we made a point to just stop at the bridge and check out these pieces of local history. They were easy to find, and there was a nice pool just below below them for enjoying a cool day in the river.

The El Yunque area has multiple sites that have pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Some of them are on private property and/or are hard to get to. But “our” petroglyphs are located just off the road, in the river. They can be quick stop while in the rain forest area.

Our Visit

We knew these etchings were there, but we weren’t sure exactly where they were. But, as it turns out, they are very close to the road, just a few steps downstream from the bridge that crosses the Río Espíritu Santo.

Cara del Indio

Once in the river, there is a large rock in the middle, just to the north of the bridge. The petroglyphs are on the north and west side of this rock. There are supposedly 14 or 16 of them, though we were able to locate about 8 or 9.

Some of them are really cool, while others are not very impressive. A number of them are difficult to find. But it is fun to try to find them — kinda like a life-size Highlights™ Hidden Pictures™ puzzle.

Cara del Indio

Some of them we have never seen elsewhere on the island. Check out the 2 little “babies” inside the large bundled baby’s face. And there were some butterflies.

If you make the stop at our lovely river, stay for a while and enjoy the nice natural pool right below the rock with the pertroglyphs. You can swim and enjoy the little water cascades.

Details

From Route 3 in Río Grande, turn onto Road 186 (just east of the intersection with Route 66 — El Verde BBQ Restaurant is on the corner). Continue on Road 186 for about 1 mile, then turn left onto Road 966. Just about ¼ mile up the road you will cross a bridge (currently painted on sides) — this is it!

Cara del Indio

While you could park on the west side of the road (on the right) by the bridge, this would require you to trudge down river (through some deep spots) to get under the bridge to the rock. If you park on the left side, there is a fence, but someone has made a hole in it for river access. This way is easier than across the road (no river trudging).

The best viewing of these are from the area below this rock (in the water), which is a nice swimming pool. So a swimsuit suit, water shoes, and waterproof camera are required!

And when you’re finished, stop into El Verde BBQ for lunch. We highly recommend it!

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