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.

Dare to Experience El Columpio de los Suspiros

Are you looking to challenge yourself and to experience an adventure in one of the most beautiful parts of Puerto Rico? El Columpio de los Suspiros has it all! There’s a swing on the edge of a mountain that overlooks the rushing cascades of El Yunque … that you will soon be jumping into! This extreme adventure will get your adrenaline pumping. Montaña Explora offers a few tours on the south side of El Yunque, and this new one gives you a little taste of everything.

El Columpio de los Suspiros translates literally as “the swing of the sighs”. But the literal translation of “sigh” is not accurate for this swing. I am thinking that “takes your breathe away” sums it up better. This adventure takes place in Naguabo, up high on the south side of El Yunque. This town, on the east coast of Puerto Rico, is home to some of the prettiest waterfalls, just one after another all in the Río Blanco. That is the backdrop for this swing. The photos just don’t do it justice!

Columpio de los Suspiros

Our Trip

We met our group at the Montaña Explora base camp. After signing the typical waivers, and getting our equipment for the day (helmets and personal flotation devices), we all loaded into the back of a pick-up truck that took us up to the end of the road (at El Hippie) where we began our hike. The hike up to the swing is a real workout, but the effort is so worth it!

We stopped a few times on the walk up to catch our breath and take in the beautiful views. When we got to the tree, one of the guides was just finishing putting up the second swing. For safety sake, the swings are taken down at the end of the tour.

Columpio de los Suspiros

They try to keep the group small (maybe 12 people), so everyone can take their time on the swings. While it looks scary, you are safely attached to the swing by a harness. The guides show you how to do it … to safely swing out, and come back to get another push, and to get the best pictures. There are two swings — one on each side of the tree, so the views are different. One swing gives a view of the waterfalls in Río Blanco, while the other swing gives views of Naguabo, the ocean, and islands beyond.

Columpio de los Suspiros

The swing is on the top of the trail on the edge of a mountain, so as you swing out you are really high up. But after a few trials runs, everyone really enjoyed themselves on the swings … really hamming it up for photos. Many people were daring themselves to do more — stand up, let go of the ropes, lay down, etc. We stayed there until everyone was done playing. Bring a snack or lunch to eat because, at this point, the adventure is only half through!

Columpio de los Suspiros

We then walked back down the trail, and veered off to go into the river. People who needed to changed shoes and clothes. We took a bunch of pictures, but soon bagged up things that couldn’t get wet, and we left all our stuff on the river bank. Then you start the wet part of the tour, which is a mini version of the usual Montaña Explora trip!

The “cool and refreshing” water felt good after our walk. First, there was the natural rock slides, then river pools, drop offs, and dips. All in the most beautiful and impressive setting. Walking around on the rocks was slippery, but the guides helped you along the way. You didn’t “have to” do any of the activities, but that was part of the fun — getting over your fear and just going for it!

Columpio de los Suspiros

This is an active adventure, so you may get some bumps and bruises, but think of them as proof of your experience and bravery.

It started to rain, so the guides decided it best to finish the tour. They were very aware of the weather and river … monitoring the water levels, etc. Depending on if there is another tour, you either hop back in the truck, or you walk back down to base camp, where they have bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms. Warm dry clothes felt great at the end of the day!

Columpio de los Suspiros

Details

The cost of this tour is about $90 per person. Reservations are required.

Minimum age is 10 years old. No weight limits.

You will be wet for a good part of this tour, so it is best to wear quick-drying clothes. We recommend quick drying “legging” long pants (like yoga or running pants), and a long sleeve quick-drying shirt. We like to wear shorts over our tights … sometimes pants get torn on the rocks. Closed-toe shoes (tie-type, no slip-ons) with good traction are required. Bring drinking water, snacks, and a small backpack. And a waterproof camera.

Allow 5 to 6 hours for this tour, plus travel time. It will be an early, and long, day.

You can call Montaña Explora at 787-516-6194 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can check out their web site or Facebook page for more information.

They will provide helmet, personal flotation device, gloves, knee pads, and rappelling equipment.

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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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