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.

Cool Off in Escaleras de Cuyón Waterfall

Sometimes you just have to check out some of the places you see photos of on the internet. Escaleras de Cuyón (or Charco el Chalet) is a cute little waterfall that cascades down rocks that look like steps cut into the exposed rock. But it is all natural. As it turns out, getting to these falls is an adventure in itself! Such fun and a pretty little spot.

Located in the town of Aibonito, this little falls is not what I would call a “must do”, but we managed to enjoy it and a few other things in that general area on the day we went. Aibonito is a mountainous town in the east/central part of the island. This waterfall is on a road off of the Ruta Panorámica, so you need to take a bit of twisting/turning roads to get there. But we went in summer and the flamboyant trees were in bloom – it was quite beautiful. The waterfall, located in Barrio Cuyón, is about 25 minutes from the highway.

Escaleras de Cuyón

The walk down to the falls was a bit unexpected. You enter the thin path and follow it – you are actually walking in a stream part of the way! The path goes through a little stream, then mud, then up on dry land, then over some rocks. The day we went, the stream you walk through was about knee-deep in one spot, but mostly just ankle deep. But it would be best to wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet! The path was a bit overgrown, so you were pushing your way through the plants on the side of the stream. When you come to the rocky river with the larger rocks, turn to the left and climb the rocks to the pool and waterfall. All in all, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to the falls, but it is pretty fun to see what comes next on the trail!

The clear, green colored pool is not really large, but it is nice. It is pretty deep – people were jumping from the large rock on the right side, so I guess it is about 8-10 feet deep. You can swim over to the falls and sit there and get some nice photos. I have seen people who got to the top of this falls, and there is another pool/falls up above (which we could see in our drone photos).

I am not sure of the “quality” of this water – there are some houses very close by and upriver. We chose not to go in, but many people do!

On the way back, we stopped for lunch at Lechonera El Cuñao on Route 1 (at KM 65.4) and it was delicious!

Escaleras de Cuyón

Details

There is no cost to access this waterfall.

Visit during daylight hours.

Wear closed-toe shoes.

From Route 1 in Aibonito, turn onto Road 162. Continue on Road 162 for about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and make the first left onto Road 716. It will be just past the chalet on the left. Park on the left side of Road 716 (without blocking any driveways). The trail is to the left of the “garbage can area” of the first house.

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