Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ›’ All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ” ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ›’ The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚒 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
πŸ“„ ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Kayak Tour in Lago Dos Bocas

Utuado is one of my favorite towns in Puerto Rico for outdoor activities. It has so much to offer — so much natural beauty, loads of different types of tours, and amazing history. Lago Dos Bocas is a beautiful man-made lake, created by damming two rivers. It used to be one of “the places to go” on the island, but it has lost its glow. Today, Utuado is working on getting tourism back to the Lago Dos Bocas area, and Hacienda Las Cascadas is leading the way! This new family-owned company has a beautiful property right up-river from Lago Dos Bocas, where they have started a new kayak tour, and are planning so much more on the Agrotourism front!

Hacienda Las Cascadas

Utuado is a town in the center of Puerto Rico, about 1-1ΒΌ hour drive from San Juan. While I love it for many things, the natural water features are high on the list! The rivers, waterfalls and lakes are just so pretty. The first tour being offered by Hacienda Las Cascadas is a kayak trip down the LimΓ³n River to Dos Bocas Lake. After the kayak trip, they offer (if you are up to it) a short trek to 2 of the 14 waterfalls on their property, on which they grow bananas, other fruit, and coffee.

Hacienda Las Cascadas

Our trip

We met our group and guides at ther “basecamp”. Once the basic information and rules were explained, they handed out life vests, and we headed down to the river. Once at the river, we crossed it, and walked a little bit to where the kayaks were waiting. Our guides gave quick “how to kayak” talk, and then we were off.

They have plenty of guides to make sure that all is OK every step of the way. We had about 20 people on our tour (so about 10 double kayaks). Depending on the depth of the river water, there were spots where we had to get out and float the kayak over shallow areas, but it wasn’t bad. The river gets deeper as it gets closer to the lake, and you are going down-river, so it was not a hard job to kayak at all!

Hacienda Las Cascadas

The guides made plenty of stops for resting and photos. There were many birds along the river, and the views were really pretty. Once we got to the open lake, we had to put some effort into kayaking, but it was fun and good exercise. Once we got to the Dos Bocas boat ramp, we were taken back to basecamp by van — so no hard paddling up river!

At basecamp, they had fresh, homemade empanadillas for purchase — very good and inexpensive. You really work up an appetite kayaking! Then, after that break, we had the option to go with the guides to see two waterfalls. They are just a short walk from basecamp. The smaller one (at the river level) is “Charco de los Enamorados”, and the larger one (up a steep hill) is “La Gavioita”. Both very pretty and refreshingly cold! Well worth taking the little extra time to check them out!

Hacienda Las Cascadas

This is just the beginning for Hacienda Las Cascadas, they have plans for a suspension bridge over to see the waterfalls, a rental unit so you can stay there, tours of the farm, tours of the other waterfalls, and a kayak rental operation at the Dos Bocas Lake area.

Details

As of 5/21, The cost of the kayak tour was $40/person, plus $7/person if you want to hike to the waterfalls. Payment methods are ATH MovΓ­l or PayPal.

Currently, tours are offered at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. In the near future, the hope to offer a second tour on the weekends, and maybe on Fridays.

Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, etc are recommended. You can bring snacks/water for the trip if you want.

The kayaking portion of the tour took about 3Β½ hours. Add in another hour or so if you plan to eat lunch and do the short hike to the waterfalls.

There is a minimum “age” for this trip, but it depends on height and weight. Contact them for specifics. 10 yo and up should be fine.

Bilingual guides are available, ask when you make your reservation.

There is a restroom at their basecamp. Make use of it prior to the kayak trip!

You can get more information on their Facebook page. You can make your reservation through Facebook Messenger chat or call Tel. (347) 327-1372 or WhatsApp: (787) 988-9941.

They are located on Carr 146 KM 5.8 in Utuado. Parking is inside their gated property, or on the street.

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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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