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.

The Interpretative Trail In Guajataca Forest

The Forest trails are “technically” closed, no bathrooms, no tower, no workers. But the trail is useable, it still had some fallen trees/branches to climb over/go around.

Guajataca Forest Interpretive Trail

The Guajataca Forest (or Bosque de Guajataca in Spanish) comprises 2357 cuerdas (which is about 2289 acres) in Isabela. Being in the Karst Region, it is hilly and the elevation ranges from 500 to 1000 feet above sea level. This low laying area, with its unusual soil, has different flora and fauna than some of the other forests you will visit in Puerto Rico.

The Guajataca Forest is a nice place — some 80 years ago, the land was set aside to become a forest. The walking paths were constructed in the 1930s and 1940s by the Civil Conservation Corps. Areas that needed it were reforested. It was designated a state forest in 1943. It is maintained (surprisingly, fairly well) by the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientes (DRNA). And to date, it continues to be great place where flora and fauna are protected and people can have a well-maintained place to enjoy nature.

Though this forest has about 25 miles of trails available within its boundaries, the typical visitor will probably use just either Trail #1 (which leads to the Cueva del Viento) and the Interpretative Trail. Both of the trails start out at the same trail head (right by the Information Center). We wrote about the Cueva del Viento in a previous article. This article will give you the information about the Interpretative Trail.

The Interpretative Trail

This trail is a circle — so it starts at the Information Center and ends just a few hundred feet up the road at the picnic/camping area. According to the information sheet that the DRNA gives out, this trail it is 3.2 KM long (about 2 miles). However, according to our GPS, it was actually only about 1.3 miles.

This trail is packed earth, with the occasional limestone rock sticking up — but I found it relatively flat and easy to walk. You will enjoy birds and butterflies along the way. This trail also includes a little side trail (about 0.15 miles) that leads to the Observation Tower. In my opinion, this is the only strenuous part of the Interpretative Trail — it is pretty steep and then there are the stairs up in the tower. I found the effort is worth it (for the breeze alone!). But if you can’t (or don’t want to) do it, there is a bench at the turn-off for this side trail where one can sit and wait for the others in their party to go up to the tower.

What makes this an Interpretative Trail is that, along the way, there are 14 marked "stations", which correspond to numbered descriptions in a bi-lingual guide sheet that the people at the Information Center can give you.

Guajataca Forest/Cave Trail Map

More Info

There is no fee to use the forest trails and facilities.

The forest is open during daylight hours. The information office (located at Route 446 KM 9) may be open daily from about 7am to 3:30pm.

Allow about 1 hour to walk on the Interpretive Trail.

The Guajataca Forest is managed by the DNRA. You can call them at 787-999-2200 for more information.

Take Route 2 to approximately KM 108 and turn onto Route 446 (there is a Reliable Mortgage building on the corner). Follow Route 446 into the forest.

The forest is about 2 hours from the San Juan area and about 1 hour from Rincon.

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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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