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)
🛒 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)
🍔 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.
👪 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)
🛒 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)
⛵ 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
👪 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.
📄 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.

Check Out Charco Los Morones in Utuado

Utuado is full of history and beautiful places to see. The Río Pellejas is a long river in Utuado that has a few areas of interest — Charco Los Morones (or Salto Los Morones, depending on who you talk to) is one of those places. It has both man-made and natural falls, and pretty pools. It also has pre-Columbian (and possibly post-Columbian) petroglyphs. Additionally, it is surrounded by beautiful rocks, and lush green mountains. It is just a beautiful area. Photographers will love this place.

Charco Morones

Some Background

The town of Utuado, located in the middle of the island, is one of my favorite towns for exploring. When I saw the pretty photos of Charco Los Morones, I knew that I should check it out.

I didn’t have great directions, so at first we ended up-river from the falls. Luckily for us, a local man was walking along, and directed us to the falls. He warned us that the river and the pools by the falls are very dangerous. It turns out that the area got the name “Los Morones” (translates to “the morons”) because it is not too smart to go into the water here because there are unseen whirlpools, and multiple people have drowned. We didn’t want to be a statistic, so we didn’t go swimming.

There are two ways to access views of the falls. One is walking up-river toward them, where you can see petroglyphs, and get a nice view of all the falls. The other is by going down a steep path from the road, right to the top of the dam and falls. We did both in order to get different perspectives. Both options begin at the end of Route 10, where it tees with Route 123. Turn right at that tee, then follow the directions below.

We do not recommend swimming in this river, nor playing in the waterfalls or pools. Before venturing into the river, be aware that flash-floods often occur in this area. If you don’t know how to recognize the signs of a flash-flood, then you have no business being in the river!

Charco Morones

Our trip

We first started out down-river. To do that, follow Route 123 until you see a sign on left that says “Bienvenidos a Sector Salto Arriba” (Camino Bandadero on the map). Turn left onto that thin, STEEP road and go down-hill. Park on the dirt off of the road just across the bridge. If you go downriver, there is a nice large rock with some great petroglyphs on it (on the left side). Walking upriver (on rocks) on the right side, we found some petroglyphs as we got to the section with the larger rocks. If you continue up as far as you can on these rocks, you can get decent view of waterfall. We also tried to go up the left hand side of this river, but it was more difficult, and we didn’t have the views we had from the right side. The current was strong the day we went, and it was not easy crossing the river even, in the shallow areas.

Charco Morones

When we finished exploring down-river, we got back in the car, backtracked to Route 123, and found a parking spot close to KM 49.8. Exactly at this KM marker, on river side of road, you will find a steep path down to the dam. It is muddy and can be slippery, but it wasn’t too bad for us to do. The trail leads to where you can reach the dam wall, and another path leads just out a little so you can see the dam falls better. We took some photos from there, then we decided that we should be able to better photos if we could find a path down river a little, to the top of the rock waterfall area. The best way is to use the little trail that goes down the rocks …you have to do a little climbing up and over in some places, but it is not too bad. There is a nice petroglyph at the rocks at the top of the rock falls, and the view was pretty impressive, so for me, it was worth the extra effort.

Later, after more online searching, I found there are more petroglyphs both up-river and down-river. There is even a nice boulder with petrogylphs on it (that was taken out of the river) on display at the UPR Technicologio/Agricola building. I will have to go back to check it all out.

Charco Morones

Details

If you plan on going into the river, we recommend that each person has a personal flotation device (PDF or “life jacket”). Everyone visiting should wear shoes, not flip flops!

From Route 22 in Arecibo, take Route 10 South until it tees Route 123 in Utuado. At that tee, turn right onto Route 123, and then follow the directions in the body of the article above.

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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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