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📄 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
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⛵ 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
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Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
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• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
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• 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.

Hike La Mina Trail to La Mina Falls- NOT CURRENTLY OPEN

La Mina River

Update- 1/21- This part of 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 but they don’t expect it to reopen until probably 2022.

Take a refreshing dip in clear rain forest water. Swim under a waterfall. It sounds like a dream. But it is actually a very popular and fun thing to do during a trip to El Yunque National Forest. The waterfall is called La Mina Falls, and it can be accessed by either of two trails: La Mina trail or Big Tree trail. These are both beautiful trails, but different in many ways. This article will describe La Mina trail. The La Mina trail is probably the most popular trail for a few reasons

  • it is the shortest trail to get to the falls (0.7 miles)
  • it is accessible directly from the main Ranger Station – Palo Colorado
  • it is extremely beautiful, as it follows the La Mina River and the sights and sounds of the water are wonderful

La Mina TrailHowever, I will mention some of what I consider its drawbacks

  • it is the most popular trail!
  • it is not the easiest trail, in that it is pretty steep and has many steps up and down, so your knees need to be in good working order
  • it is a narrow trail, and you will have to step off the trail a number of times to let people pass you

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love this trail. This one and Bano de Oro Trail are probably my favorites (I am a sucker for the sound of water!). But it is best if you can go in the early morning, when there are fewer people around. Some of the facts about this trail: La Mina trail starts from directly behind the Palo Colorado visitors center at KM 12 on Road 191. There are two parking lots here, and a good amount of designated parking along the road. Here you can pick up your trail map and talk with the rangers.One should check with the Rangers on the current conditions of the river before going in. There are also clean bathrooms at the Palo Colorado visitors center. If you think you want to swim, change into you bathing suit here because there are no changing rooms down in the Falls area. La Mina trail is rated "Moderate to Difficult" due to it elevation changes – almost 500 feet in a little over a half mile. It should take about 30 minutes to go down, but longer on the way up, depending on how well you can walk up stairs. Luckily the trail has a number of rain and picnic shelters where you can sit and rest. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes, the trail is paved, but it can be slippery. Picnic ShelterOne of the things we like to do when we go hiking in El Yunque is to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the rain forest. A favorite place to picnic is right along the first part of the La Mina trail. There you’ll find a number of covered picnic shelters that are hidden in the trees right along the banks of the La Mina river. Eating lunch or a snack with the sounds of nature all around is very pleasant and relaxing. So pack a lunch, or bring stuff to have a BBQ. Each picnic shelter has picnic tables and benches, a charcoal BBQ (you need to bring charcoal and cooking utensils), and running tap water. Normally these are vacant, but these are really popular with locals on summer weekends and Holidays, so plan accordingly. The picnic shelters are close enough to the parking area that you can eat, and then take your stuff back to the car, before you take the hike to La Mina Falls. Or you can do it afterwards. In any case, please do not litter. Please use the garbage cans that are near each shelter. La Mina trail follows the course of the La Mina river as it makes its way to the Falls. The river is full of large rocks, which makes for beautiful sights and sounds. The forest all around is also very lush due to the water, and the way the sun comes through the openings in the trees is just beautiful. There are lots of different trees, plants, flowers, birds , lizards and insect life all around. This trail is very "alive" and a pleasure for (most of ) your senses. Can you tell I really enjoy this trail? La Mina FallsAll this walking will lead you to the big pay-off — the La Mina Falls (Cascada La Mina). The water cascades over a cliff into a pool. There are two ways to enter the pool. The easiest way is to turn left just before the little bridge, so you’re facing directly into the falls. Make your way (carefully!) over the rocks, and just wade straight in. This way looks more difficult, but trust me, it the easier route. The second way to enter the water is to cross the little bridge, turn left, and then follow the steps down to the water. This way looks easier, but it’s not due to big rocks under the water and unexpected drops. The pool is not large, and it is popular, so it can fill up with people, which does take away some of the wonder of it. But I still think it is pretty and fun. Be aware – there are lots of sharp and slippery rocks – so wear water shoes or something like that to protect your feet. There are sometimes crabs hiding in the rocks. I have never heard of anyone getting pinched, but it could happen. As the water drops over the falls it’s very heavy. Please test the "weight" of the water before putting your whole body under it. Oh, and just so you know – the water often described as "refreshing" – which translates to COLD! Be aware of the changing water conditions, flash floods could develop after a rain. There are no benches here, so you need to find a step or choose a rock if you want to relax and enjoy the waterfall. The best pictures are from the bridge that connects Big Tree trail to La Mina trail.

To leave, you can go back up La Mina trail. Or you could choose to continue and return to the road on Big Tree trail. Unfortunately, this will put you out at the Big Tree trail parking lot at KM 10.4 on Road 191, which is a little over 1 mile down Road 191 from the Palo Colorado parking lot where you parked your car. You will have to walk up on the road to get back to your car.

There is no entrance fee for the national forest.

Open daily 7:30am until 6:00pm . Ranger stations are open 9:00am until 5:00pm. The gates close at 6:00pm.

La Mina trail will take you about 30 minutes to walk one-way (to the falls). It will probably take longer on the way back due to walking up many stairs.

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!

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