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.

Bano de Oro Trail: A Peaceful Stroll Along a Forest Stream -Not Currently Open

Bano de Oro

Update- 7/2020- This trail in El Yunque has NOT yet reopened after the hurricanes. It sustained a lot of damage to the trails and roads. It is being worked on and we will post when they have reopened.

There are many trails in the El Yunque National Forest, but one great trail that is often overlooked is the Bano de Oro trail. Bano de Oro is one of my favorite trails because it goes along the river through a very lush part of the rain forest, there are sounds of the river and forest all around you, and it’s not a very busy trail. Oftentimes, you can walk the entire length of the trail without seeing anyone else.

The trail takes you past the Bano de Oro, which is an old freshwater "swimming pool" built in the 1930’s. The pool is no longer usable, but it does give you a glimpse into the history of the rain forest. The other neat things you will see along this trail, besides just the running river, are the remains of old fish hatchery tanks, which look like big, empty cement pools. It is interesting to see how the forest is taking back the land – plants now fill the pools that were once full of water and fish.

Old fish hatchery along Bano de Oro trail

This is a short trail, only about ¼ mile long. The trailhead is a few hundred feet up Road 191 from the Palo Colorado Visitors Center. The Bano de Oro trail ends on the El Yunque trail.

One suggested route is to walk up the road from Palo Colorado to the trail head, follow the trail until it meets the El Yunque trail, and then turn right and follow the El Yunque trail back down to Road 191. That gives you a nice loop of about 1 mile that essentially starts and ends at the Palo Colorado Visitor Center. We usually take the Bano de Oro trail on the way down from the El Yunque peak.

The trail itself is made of asphalt, concrete and gravel, and it can be slippery. There is one area of walk that gets covered in water when there has been a lot of rain, but it is not hard to cross. There is one rain shelter along the trail, close to the beginning. It is a fairly easy trail as it rises less than 100 meters, so it is not steep. It usually takes about 20 minutes to complete (one way).

Parking is available at the Palo Colorado Visitors Center parking lots and at a designated areas along the road by the trail head.

There is no cost to hike in the El Yunque National Forest.

El Yunque National Forest is open 7:30am until 6:00pm 7 days/week, year-round. Ranger stations are open 9:00am until 5:00pm. The gates close at 6:00pm.

The round trip from the Palo Colorado information center along the Bano de Oro and El Yunque trails takes 45 – 60 minutes.

You can call 787-888-1810 or 787-888-1880 for more info.

You can visit the El Yunque National Forest web site for more information.

Follow Route 3 to Rio Grande. Look for the intersection with Route 955. There’s a big sign pointing to the rain forest. Follow Route 955 to Road 191. Turn onto Road 191 (there’s another sign for the rain forest here) and you’re there!

The drive from the San Juan area to the El Yunque National Forest takes about 45-60 minutes.

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