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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ 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)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

Monument to El Jibaro

2/21 update- for some reason, the parking lots are closed. But you can pull off and park on the ramp.

Jibaro Monument

The hardworking pioneers (farmers, wood craftsman, hunters) are hardly ever honored for their contribution to a nation. These poor country-folk (Jíbaro in Puerto Rican Spanish) lived simple lives, working the land, and caring for their families with what little they had. They were the backbone of every society.

But in Cayey, on a prominent place along the main highway, there is a beautiful statue honoring the Puerto Rican Jíbaro. This monument, called Monumento al Jíbaro Puertorriqueño, was sculpted by Tomás Batista.

While today most Puerto Ricans work in officies and enjoy the finer things in life, the Jíbaro made a lasting impression in the Puerto Rican culture. You can see the Jíbaro influence of simple farm-living all around modern-day Puerto Rico.

Jibaro Monument

Traditional celebrations, such as each town’s Patron Saint festivals (Fiestas Patronales), the adapted musical instruments (cow bell, guiro), and much of the "local" food (simple seasonings, many root vegetables … even pasteles) of the culture have Jíbaro roots. Even the tools — many people still use a machete for everyday yard maintenance. We have even seen oxen teams working the slippery, rocky slopes of El Yunque farms.

The spirit of the Jíbaro of the past is still alive today in what their values and traditions mean to today’s Puerto Ricans. This statue is a monument to that strong Puerto Rican spirit.

Jibaro Monument

While I would not make a special trip to see the monument, if you are traveling from the north coast to the south coast through the center of the island on Route 52, it is just along the way.

The drive down Route 52 is an easy one, and it is very beautiful to see the changes in vegetation as you climb up and over the central mountain range (the Cordillera Central) — the north side is lush and green, while the south side is dry and scrubby with cactus.

The monument is located on Route 52 between KM 47 & 49 on the southbound side. It is situated so that you can easily see it from the road, and there is a parking area (called a rest area, but there are no facilities) so you can safely pull off the highway, park and walk up to the statue.

As an extra bonus, the two mountains that some people say look like breasts (locally called Las Tetas de Cayey) can be seen from this parking lot / statue area! Seriously … we couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried!

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