Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
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๐Ÿ˜ท 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.
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
โ›ต 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)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐ŸŸ๏ธ 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
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿšข 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)
๐Ÿ“„ The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
โœˆ๏ธ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
โ€ข The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
โœˆ๏ธ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
โ€ข 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.

Monte Pirata Ecological Park – MTB & Hiking

I have found that mountain bike (MTB) trails lead to some amazing places. Monte Pirate is no exception! I first found out about this park after seeing a photo of the church. We went exploring and were amazed at what we found. It is a great place for photographers, biking, walking or just exploring.

Monte Pirata Eco Park

Monte Pirata MTB, Hike & Ecological Park is located right on the border of the towns of Mayaguez and Cabo Rojo, the the southwest part of Puerto Rico. It is a large area that used to be the Cรกrcel Correccional de Menores (a Juvenile Correctional facility). When we went, we had no idea what it was, so it was pretty scary at first. But once we figured it out, and spoke with other people using the park, we started really getting into it. Once we got back home, I did some research to understand the history of this place.

Monte Pirata Eco Park

The correctional facility was built in 1908, and was a complete complex for housing and rehabilitating the troubled youth. It closed in 2003, and sat vacant and unused for years. The property was transferred from Department of Corrections to the town of Cabo Rojo in 2010. Since then, the town has permitted volunteers (a non-profit corporation called Grupo Monte Pirata, Inc.) to create and maintain a recreational area for all to enjoy.

Monte Pirata Eco Park

The buildings are falling apart and nature is taking over, but the paths and trails are open for walking or biking, exploring and photography. The buildings have been vacant for 18 years, so it could be risky exploring them, and there are bats in them and graffiti (some not meant for children!) all over. So enter at your own risk!

Monte Pirata Eco Park

Our Visit

The GPS/pin will lead you right to the main gate. We parked outside the gate on the roadside (not blocking the gate) and walked up the road. Right away you pass on old guard stop (and a house above it). We took a detour to the road on the right that goes down to old housing buildings, and a huge old Flamboyant tree (on the left side). It is really amazing to see it.

Getting back on the main road, we continued up the hill to the top where you will find the beautiful old church. The front looks great but the building has no roof. There is some graffiti inside, but just cool!

Monte Pirata Eco Park

Then we started checking out the road to the right, and the old buildings. The first was a beautiful building – the main office area and educational areas. Then behind that was the housing facilities (this is where we started getting creeped out!). But it was cool once we got figured it out.

Monte Pirata Eco Park

There are bats and guano inside the buildings, so keep an eye on your kids! We continued up the road to more housing, other buildings, and an old water tower.

All throughout the area, the mountain bike trails intertwined. They went through buildings and all around in the wooded areas. We don’t MTB, but it seemed like it would be a pretty fun place to try. We followed a few of the trails from the water tank to the front again. Be aware the MTB trails are mostly dirt, with roots, rocks, etc. The bike trails are thin, so try to get out of the bikers’ way when you hear them coming. We did not do many of the bike trails, but there is a path that goes out to a wonderful view of the water.

Monte Pirata Eco Park

The trails are mostly shaded. The road are mostly sunny. After rain, there could be mosquitoes or slippery areas. A number of people use this facility, and it is maintained well and pretty clean of garbage. Please help keep it that way!

When doing the research for this article, I found Images of the old Cabo Rojo Correctional Prison for Minors, moments before its closure in 2003, compared with images of the current state of the buildings on Facebook. Monte Pirata Eco Park

Details

There is no cost to access the eco park.

Access the park during daylight hours. There is no illumination inside the park.

The buildings are in disrepair. Wet trails, roads, and floors could be slippery.

Allow a couple hours to explore the property.

The park is located just off Route 102 in Cabo Rojo, near the border with Mayaguez. Parking is on the roadside, outside of the main gate. Be careful not to block any of the driveways.

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