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.

What’s Open In El Yunque National Forest?

Update- New rules- in order to visit the trails and features along north side RT 191 , you need to make a reservation on Recreation.gov webpage or via mobil app. Trails and features open on RT 191 include:El Portal Visitors Center/trail, La Coca falls, La Coca Trail, Juan Diego Fall trail and waterfalls, Bano Grande, Bano del Oro area, Mt Britton Trail, and Mt Britton Spur, El Yunque Peak trail, La Roca, and Picachos trail and Tradewinds Trail. Just a small part of Caimatillo is open (leads to El Yunque Trail). The other open areas, not located on RT N191, DO NOT NEED a reservation to visit.

As everyone knows, hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. The island has been in a state of recovery ever since, and things are looking pretty good overall. Nature is rebounding. Businesses are reopening. Damaged infrastructure has been repaired. Sure, there is still more work to be done. But we feel confident in saying that Puerto Rico is once again open for tourism!

El Yunque National Forest is the single most-visited area in all of Puerto Rico, with about 600,000* people from all over the world visiting the forest each year. The hurricanes in 2017 caused considerable damage in the forest … landslides, washed-out roads, deforestation, downed trees, and other structural damage. Because of that, some of forest has remained closed to the public ever since.

Little by little, the Forest Service is repairing and reopening parts of the National Forest. This article serves to itemize the parts of the forest that have reopened, and those that remain closed. We will update this article with new information as it is made available by the Forest Service.

El Yunque National Forest

What’s Open?

These areas are have been announced as “open to the public” by the Forest Service, as of 9/2021. Even though these areas are “open”, due to on-going maintenance and reconstruction in the forest, a site may be temporarily closed on any given day. Additionally, heavy rain may cause more landslides, forcing the closure of specific areas. Check with the Forest Service personnel when you arrive at the forest to verify that the areas you intend to hike in are open during your visit..

El Portal Visitor Center & Trail – open now, but officially reopening 1/20/2022.

La Coca Falls – Located right on Road 191, La Coca Falls is open for viewing.

El Yunque National Forest

La Coca TrailLa Coca Trail is a difficult hike through into the wilderness area of the forest. The trailhead is located just up-hill from La Coca Falls. There is limited parking.

El Yunque National Forest

Juan Diego TrailJuan Diego Trail is a relatively easy trail that leads to a small waterfall. It used to be secluded, but (as one of the few waterfalls now accessible within the forest) this is where most people now stop. Access is restricted to the lower waterfall on this trail.

Caimatillo Trail -Only one small part of it is open at the moment. Park on Rt 191 at km 11.8 parking area and start the trail here. It leads right into El Yunque Peak trail.

Los Picachos Trail – This trail leads off to the east from the El Yunque Peak trail. trail that has amazing views and rarely used..

El Yunque National Forest

Baño Grande – The Baño Grande site is open for viewing. Swimming is not permitted. Parking is available at Palo Colorado.

Mt. Britton Trail – Park on Road 9938 and take this trail to Route 10. From there, you walk up the road just a short bit and you can access the short trail that leads up to Mt. Britton Tower.

Mt. Britton Tower Spur – This trail connects El Yunque Trail to Route 10. You can use this to hike from the Mt. Britton Tower area to the peak of El Yunque.

Palma Sierra Picnic Area – parking area and concession stand. Some picnic tables.

El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque Trail & Peak – Use this trail to reach the observation tower atop El Yunque peak. The side trails to Los Picachos and Roca El Yunque are open too. That the lowest segment of El Yunque Trail, that connects the Baño Grande area to the junction with Mt. Britton Tower Spur (that’s where the fireplace is located) Has reopened. To reach the peak, you can either start by hiking the Mt. Britton Trail, and then either go up Route 10, or use the Mt. Britton Tower Spur to get to El Yunque Trail or start at Caimatillo Trail and go up from there.

El Yunque trails are open every day 8:00am – 5:30pm. Gates close at 5:00pm

Puente Roto – Swimming and picnic area located on Route 988.

Angelito Trail – Nice trail across little bridge to swimming hole.

El Toro Trail – Reach the highest point in El Yunque National Forest on El Toro Trail, accessible from Road 186. This is a difficult, muddy hike. Note that, until the canopy regrows, most of this hike is in full sun.

  • Tradewinds Trail -Long, difficult , rarely used trail to El Toro Peak
  • El Yunque National Forest

    Quebrada Grande & Río Espiritu Santos – There are a number of scenic rivers and waterfalls accessible from Road 186 in Río Grande.

    Río Sabana Picnic Area -The picnic area in the Río Sabana Recreation Area is open. This area is on the south side of El Yunque National Forest, and is only accessible via the southern segment of Road 191. It is open on weekends only.

  • Río Sabana (Tony Croatto) Trail – trailhead is behind the Rio Sabana picnic pavilion.
  • El Yunque National Forest

    What’s Still Closed?

  • Big Tree Trail – no date yet.
  • La Mina Trail – Expected to reopen sometime in 2023.
  • La Mina Falls – Will reopen once La Mina Trail is reopened.
  • Baño de Oro Trail – No expected reopening date provided.
  • Because we know someone will ask … All photos in this article were taken in 2018 … post-Maria.

    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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