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
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😷 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.

Hiking & River Fun at Charco El Pilon in San Germán

If you love hiking and waterfalls, then this is for you! San Germán has a number of neat things to do/see, and this one is high on our list. There is a well-maintained trail to a waterfall that goes through some forest and the river. It is varied enough to be interesting, but not too difficult, so almost any able-bodied person can do it. And as an added feature, for those really daring/adventurous, climb up and over to get to Charco La Iglesia, a beautiful slot canyon.

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

You will find this gem located high up in the mountains of San Germán, in the southwest part of Puerto Rico. The trail head is literally, at the end of Route 362. You can park in front of road barriers or along side of road. Follow the dirt “road” as it goes down to the water company building. Then you will start looking for the trail. The trial is pretty obvious most of the way. It goes through the forest and crosses the shallow river many times (so your feet will get wet).

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

There is one spot where you need to follow the river downstream until you see the trail again. It is a dirt trail, so there are roots/rocks, mud, some fallen trees along the way. But the trail is marked with ribbon and also you will see signs and some rocks painted with arrows. You may have to look closely, but be alert and you will find the trail. All along the way there are a number of pretty pool you can enjoy in the river as you cross it.

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

Follow it until you get to the river and hear the waterfall (Charco El Pilón) to your right. Notice, the trail does continue up across the river, which is the “safest” way to Charco La Iglesia – but more about that later. For Charco El Pilón, turn to the right in the river and head upstream. You will have to scramble up and over some big rocks to get there. But, all in all, it should be doable by most people if you take it slow and careful. The waterfall is nice, maybe 30 feet tall, and the pool is crystal clear and pretty. The pool is only about 3 feet deep, so it doesn’t look like there is any place safe to jump/dive into the water.

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

If you are daring, and wearing appropriate footwear (gloves would be helpful, too), you might choose to try to go to Charco La Iglesia. You will see a super steep “trail” and a rope just to the left side up the waterfall rocks. This is a way up, but it is super difficult, scary, and dangerous. I highly suggest, instead, hat you go back downstream to the path across the river, and go up here through the forest. It is still steep in spots and not easy, but at least if you fall, it won’t be onto rocks! There are ropes in many of the real steep parts, and you will be grabbing and using many trees/roots along the way. It takes about 10 minutes to get up and over to Charco La Iglesia.

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

Charco La Iglesia is like a slot canyon. Truly beautiful and worth the difficult climb up there. This water is deeper in spots here, you can swim up to the little cascade and carefully climb up the slippery rocks. But I just enjoyed looking at it.

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

The trails here are well-used and well-maintained, but don’t expect to bump into too many people. We went on a Saturday morning (9am) in the summer and had it to ourselves. We only saw 2 other groups of people as we were returning to our car a couple hours later.

Charco Pilon y Iglecia

Details

Get an early enough start so that you can make it back to your car before dark.

The hike is through the forest, with multiple river crossings, and some minor rock climbing/scrambling. Wear sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes that can get wet. If you plan to continue to Charco La Iglesia, bring gloves as you will need to hold onto trees, roots, and the occasional rope as you head uphill. You will spend a lot of time on the trail, so bring plenty of drinking water and a snack.

Allow a few hours for this hike. The hike to Charco El Pilón is about 45 minutes one-way. Figure another 10-15 minutes each way if you continue to Charco La Iglesia

Follow Road 362 in San Germán literally to the end of the road (about KM 9.3). Follow the dirt “driveway” to the river (not the house driveway).

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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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