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.

Visit Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas

Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas

Casa Pueblo is a community-based organization focused on, among other things, the protection and management of natural resources. I am all for groups working to save the planet, so this was a perfect place for us to visit! Their headquarters in Adjuntas is a showcase for all of their on-going eco-friendly endeavors.

Is this a must-see for tourists? No. But it is a nice stop and a chance to see, firsthand, an organization that is trying to change things for the better.

 

The Casa Pueblo Organization

Casa Pueblo is a non-profit organization that began when a group of community members got together in order to stop a gold mining operation in their area back in 1980. Since then, the organization has continually grown and taken on more projects with a goal of advancing towards sustainable development.

Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas

In 1985, they bought the house that serves as their headquarters today. That house, located right outside of the town square behind a school, is their base of operations and a community center. Everyone is invited to stop in, learn about the current projects, enjoy a little bit of nature and maybe do a little bit of shopping in their gift shop.

In 1989, they began producing their own brand of coffee, Madre Isla Coffee. Their self-sufficient coffee farm is maintained by community members and outside volunteers. Their coffee can be purchased at Casa Pueblo and through their web site.

In 1995, the group also purchased Pueblo Forest. This forest is currently only open for educational tours (see their website for info).

In 2003, they opened the Communitarian Institute of Biodiversity and Culture, which offers high school level courses, undergraduate courses during summer, environmental workshops and alternative programs with a couple State-side universities.

A Visit to Casa Pueblo

Hydroponics at Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas

For the tourist, the house itself is a nice example of an old-style Puerto Rican home, which has been restored. But it also offers an artisan shop, an antiques room, a hydroponics system, samples of their delicious coffee, the broadcast facility for their radio station and a small butterfly garden. The house itself is run on solar energy and has a negative carbon footprint (which means that they produce more energy than they use).

Besides the ecology, I think the best part of a visit to Casa Pueblo for the tourist is the very knowledgeable guides! Anything you want to know about the area — they can help. They were able to give us directions to some area waterfalls and lakes. They also had a nice gift shop where we found a number of unique things, including artisan jewelry and home decorations, and their own Madre Isla brand coffee.

Details

There is a recommended $2 donation/person to visit Casa Pueblo.

Casa Pueblo is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm 7 days/week. It is staffed by volunteers, so call first just to make sure they’re open.

A visit to Casa Pueblo is a quick stop. Allow about 30 minutes.

Radio Casa Pueblo 1020AM

You can call them at (787) 829-4842 for more information.

You can visit the Casa Pueblo web site for more information or to purchase their coffee.

They have clean restrooms, too!

Casa Pueblo is located on Route 123 in Adjuntas, right off the main square and just south of the church. We found it a little tough to get here, so you may need to ask (everyone we asked in town knew what we were looking for). There’s not really any parking at Casa Pueblo, but there is a free lot about 2 blocks away (5-minute walk).

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