Hurricane Sam (updated 24 Sep 2021 @ 8am)
📍 Hurricane Sam is expected to strengthen to a "major" hurricane (Category 3) on Friday night or Saturday. The current forecast projection has the storm passing to the northeast of Puerto Rico. We will be keeping an eye on this system over coming days to monitor its development.
🌊 Expect storm surge from the hurricane to affect our beaches, especially on the north and east sides of the island, during the first half of the coming week.
🌦️ Keep an eye on our weather page for updates from the National Hurricane Center
Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documention to access their facility.This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show 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. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

The Views from Cerro Mime are Worth the Hike!

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. And believe me, the payoff when you peak these mountains is well worth the effort of getting there! Cerro Mime is one of those peaks. It is actually a rather short hike, but it is not easy.

Cerro Mime

The climb to the peak of Cerro Mime is a steep, but short trek. It is located on free-range cattle land, so I assume it is on private property, but it wasn’t posted as such. It is at the end of a very narrow road (we thought it was a driveway at first!). There is space to park about about 3 cars right at the start of the trail — make sure not to block the road or driveways. Then you just follow the path up to the peak. At the beginning of the trail there was a barbed wire fence that was open, but maybe should be closed so the cattle don’t wander out.

Cerro Mime

The first part is a wide, dirt/rock “road” which ends at a gate/fence. When you get to the fence (do not go through it) follow the fence to your left, going up (the fence will be on your right as you ascend). Then keep following the path up and up. It is a thin path, the ground is loose gravel in some spots, making footing “slippery”. In some parts you need to scramble up some rocks. Most of the trail has drop-offs on both sides, so keep to the trail. One also needs to keep an eye open for fire ant nests and cow plop. This is not really a trek for kids, people with bad balance, or fear of heights.

Cerro Mime

How long it takes to get to the peaks depends on how quickly you decide to go. Take your time, catch your breath, drink some water, and take some photos. It took us about 20-30 minutes, giving time to stop and take loads of photos. There are 3 “peaks” — the second one has the best views (in my opinion). Going down took a little less time. It is an in-and-out trail.

Cerro Mime

Details

Do this hike during daylight hours (obviously!).

Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good traction. The trail has loose gravel, so it is “slippery” even when dry (and I imagine a real mess if it is muddy).

The hike is in full sun, so a hat and sunscreen are recommended. And bring water to drink. It is hot, luckily there is a nice breeze on top!

Allow about 30 minutes for the hike up, and less for the hike down.

Turn off of Route 157 between KM 18.7 and KM 18.8 onto the thin street. Follow that to the end to where you can park.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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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