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.

Go For a Walk in La Marquesa Forest Park

Update July. 1, 2019- Post Maria- They have closed. We will update the article if they reopen.

La Marquesa Forest park

Guaynabo City has created a beautiful forest reserve of approximately 600 acres for the enjoyment of locals and visitors to the island, called La Marquesa Forest Park (or Parque Forestal La Marquesa in Spanish).

We have been to La Marquesa Forest Park a few times to do the Original Canopy Tour zipline, which is located within this reserve. Over the past few years, we have seen the progress they’ve made on the Forest Park.

Being pretty close to SJ, we went to check it out for ourselves, after we visited the Luis A. Ferre Science Park in Bayamón

Getting Started

La Marquesa Forest park

Upon arriving at the park, the guard at the gate told us where to park. There are clean bathrooms and water fountains just beyond the parking lot. We then went to the information booth, paid of entrance and got an information sheet (all in Spanish) and a map. You can walk or take the free trolley up to the tower and then to the other features of the park (like the aviary, zip line course and butterfly house). There is also a funicular (think a ski lift gondola) you can take up to the top.

We got on the trolley, which took us up the hill. It stops along the way at a look-out point and a picture spot (a man-made waterfall) and again at the observation tower area, where there are bathrooms, a play ground and covered picnic tables. The road continues to the aviary, butterfly house, gift shop and cafeteria.

Our Trip

Once you get off the trolley for the observation tower, you need to walk uphill. Just a little ways up, you pass another playground and tables. It then starts to get to be a pretty steep walk for about 1000 feet. Take your time. There are no benches along the way. But at the base of the tower there is another playground and picnic tables.

La Marquesa Forest park

The views from the tower are very nice. From the top, you could see the aviary pavilion.

The viewing platform up on the tower is at 1066 feet above sea level, so you could see a distant San Juan, the northern shore, a few other towns and all the lovely mountains that run through the middle of Puerto Rico. You are above the tree tops. There was a strong wind the day we went — very refreshing!

Our next stop (hop back on the trolley or walk) is up to the Aviary pavilion. This area has an nice open air aviary (with lots of macaws and other colorful birds). There is also a small butterfly house and lab (so you can learn about butterflies). There is also a gift shop and a cafeteria and bathrooms and meeting areas. The La Marquesa Original Canopy Zip Line tour is also up here if you want some adventure!

The Funicular is another way to get from the entrance of the park to this aviary pavilion. It offers great views as you slowly glide in the 6 passenger enclosed cabin. They don’t stop, so you need to quickly walk onto and out of the slow moving cabin, but they are able to stop them if they need to. And they are wheel chair accessible. The ride takes about 10 minutes. They are not air conditioned, but when the cabins are moving, a breeze does come in (however when stopped, not so much!). It was an enjoyable ride high above the ground.

 

Getting Back to Your Car

When you are done looking around up in the tower or the aviary area, you can then either walk back (gravel sidewalk), wait for the next trolley, take the funicular. At the stop for the observation tower, there is also a paved path through the forest.

La Marquesa Forest park

We chose to walk back on the path through the forest. Along the way, we passed some of the zip lines where the Original Canopy Tour is running. There are also a number of gazebos with picnic benches along this route. At gazebo 5, you have to walk up about 100 steeps to get back to the parking area. It was a nice workout!

La Marquesa Forest park

Before we headed back to our car, we then spent some time talking to the park information guy. He told us about the future plans for the park. 10/14- The dinosaur park is now closed (dinosaurs were damaged by visitors).

The city of Guaynabo is really doing a great job with this park. Go out and see for yourself! It is a great place for the family to enjoy nature and burn off some energy.

 

They charge an entrance fee : $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 12 and senior citizens. Parking $1-2 cars. All fees are plus IVU (sales tax). The zip line is a separate fee and will need reservations, but everything else (tram and funicular transportation/aviary/butterfly house) is included in the price.

The park is open on Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00am until 5:00pm, but no admission after 3:30pm.. The park is closed on Mondays. It will be open some holidays…if open for a Monday holiday, they will close Tuesday (call to make sure they are open!).

The trolley/funicular is wheelchair accessible. The observation tower and some walking paths and trails in the forest are not.

I would allow 2 hours or more, depending on if you plan to walk through the forest or how long the kids want to play.

You can call (787)272-4530 or 787-908-1478 for more information. They rent out the gazebos and playgrounds for family parties, call to get information about that!

Parking fee is $1 per car and $2 for vans (plus tax). The parking lot at the center is small, but they have a field they park in where they will bus you up to the entrance. This park is popular with locals, especially on the weekend.

Driving directions from the San Juan area: Take Route 2 or 22 to Route 20 south. Follow Route 20 south (pass the Big Kmart) and look for the toll booth on your left, then take the second exit after the toll (it doesn’t have an exit number). This will put you onto Road 834. Then go straight across through the light and continue on Road 834. Road 834 eventually ends on Road 835. Turn left onto Road 835. Go a couple 100 feet and the park entrance will be right in front of you. There are some signs along the road that you can follow to get there.

The drive to the park from the San Juan area takes about 20 minutes.

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