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.

River Fun in El Yunque at Charco La Barrigona

NEW INFO! 5/22 They no longer allow people who are not doing a zipline tour to use the Charco/river. The river is only for guests doing the zipline tour or possibly for pre-approved tour groups.

Are you looking for a nice place to spend a day playing in a river? Charco La Barrigona is a beautiful swimming hole along the Mameyes River in Río Grande, on a road just before you get to the entrance to El Yunque National Forest. The area is clean, easy to find, has plenty of parking, and just a short walk to the swimming hole. And it is super pretty!

Charco La Barrigona

Located on the Junglequi Zipline Tour property, they want people to have access to it but they have a lot of rules to maintain the area clean and enjoyable for everyone. As you go up Road 191 in Río Grande, you will see the signs for Junguequi Zipline to the left. Take this little road all the way to the end, where you will enter the Junglequi property, which is lovely. Continue until you get to the guard. Pay $5 to park and then follow the trail across the road down to the river.

Charco La Barrigona

The walk only takes 5 minutes, with some stairs along the way. It goes through some beautiful green jungle-looking areas. You get to the river at the end of the walkway. You will fall in love right away with the deep, clear, blue pool as soon as you see it.

We saw some large fish swimming in the river. There is no lifeguard, so it is “swim at your own risk”. Diving is not permitted, but it is deep enough to jump, and there is even a rope swing on the tree across the river. There is a little “beach area” where you can set up chairs to enjoy the day. But there are a number of rocks, so we recommend water shoes.

Charco La Barrigona

They have loads of rules — no coolers, no food, no drinks, no BBQs, no loud music, etc. So it is a bit different from other places. We went one mid-week afternoon in winter and no one was there, but I know it is popular in the summer!

Since this is on the Junquequi Zipline property, you may see them zipping overhead as you walk the trail! You can make reservations to do a zipline tour with them and really make it a day! If you take a tour, you can use the river before or afterward.

Charco La Barrigona

Details

The cost is $5/car to park. No per-person fee.

They are open 7 days/week, from 9am to 3pm, weather permitting.

You can call them at 787-500-7555 for more information.

You can email them at info@junglequipr.com for more information.

Keep the area clean! Take your garbage with you when you leave. There are no restroom facilities.

From Road 191, turn left onto Road 990, and follow it to the end to the Junglequi entrance gate.

Click on a placename 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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