Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ›’ All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ” ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ›’ The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 2022)
β›΅ 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚒 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
πŸ“„ ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Waterfall , Charco, and Amazing Views in Orocovis

Orocovis is a mountainous town in the exact center of the island of Puerto Rico. While these mountains make driving a bit of a challenge, the views are fantastic, and they make for some interesting hikes. If you are exploring in the area, this is a 3-for-1 trek that requires some serious effort — but the payoff is huge. You can enjoy both Cascada La Plazuela and Charco El Guitarra in one river trek. But, it is not without a price — visiting here requires either a super “exciting” 4×4 drive on a horrible road, or a tough walk. We highly recommend the walk … better safe than sorry.

Cascada Plazuela y Charco Guitarra

Here is the catch to this trip — In order to get down to the river, the only road in is posted “4X4 only”. They are not kidding. Do not try driving down this road unless you own, and have experience handling, a high clearance 4X4 vehicle. This piece of road is super steep and long — I would say a slope of 40-45Β°. The asphalt is slippery (even if only damp), lots of loose gravel on the road, many parts of the road are completely missing asphalt, and there are large, DEEP (some as much as 12″) potholes and grooves. It was obvious that many vehicles had trouble getting up and down the road. Don’t even try it — just walk. There is parking at the top on the flat area. It is a steep walk (took about 15 minutes to walk downhill to the river, about 30 minutes to walk back uphill to our car), but just take your time and realize this is your leg/cardio workout! And the views are just amazing – stop and take photos while you catch your breath.

Cascada Plazuela y Charco Guitarra

How ever you get down the mountain to the river, you are now ready for a treat. Right at the river, you will see a hanging bridge. It is great for photos and a bit exciting!

Cascada Plazuela y Charco Guitarra

From the road, turn to your left and walk up-river. You can walk in the river, or you can skip a little part of the river trek by using the dirt trail alongside the river. It takes about 10-15 minutes before you see where the other river comes in from the left. Go up the rocks here and you will see the huge waterfall Cascada La Plazuela. It is really tall, around 200 feet, and quite beautiful. We spent a bunch of time here, taking photos, and just enjoying it.

Cascada Plazuela y Charco Guitarra

When you are done at the waterfall, backtrack to the main river, and continue walking up up-river. This part is a little more rocky, so it will require more of a work out as you scramble up, over, and around some large rocks. But it only takes about out 10-15 minutes until you get to a large swimming hole. The water is cold, clean, and clear, and the whole thing has a greenish tint.

It is shaped sort of like a guitar, where it got its name – Charco el Guitarra. This swimming hole has a few deep areas, and some people were jumping off the rock by the waterfall – it was about 20-foot jump. Really a great place to hang out for a while and relax.

You need to be in decent shape for this trek. I suggest sturdy, closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops) — sneakers at least, as there are many rocks to climb while in the river and then the walk down and back on the road itself, is tough. But we felt it was well worth the work out!

The area was very clean — please keep it that way! Take your trash home with you!

Cascada Plazuela y Charco Guitarra

Details

While you are in the area, consider exploring Cerro Mime and Cascada Vidrio.

The toughest part of this trek is the walk back up the road to your car. It is steep, and in full sun. Take your time. Stop to rest and take photos.

This trek requires sturdy, closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and ample drinking water.

Follow Road 593 for a long way, until you get to the “Do Not Enter / 4×4 Only” signs. This road is very thin (barely wide enough for 2 cars to pass), so take your time, and honk on blind curves. Park in a flat area, off of the road, and don’t block driveways. Walk down the road from there.

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PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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