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)
🛒 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)
🍔 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.
👪 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)
🛒 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)
⛵ 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
👪 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.
📄 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.

Explore Caves at Reserva Natural Las Cabachuelas

Puerto Rico has a diverse geographic landscape, with lots lava in the eastern part of the island, and expansive karst regions in the western part of the island. Karst is a topography made of limestone that rose from the ocean floor. Limestone is very porous, and after millions of years of rain seeping through the rock, many caves and underground rivers were formed all over western part of the island.

The town of Morovis has about 60 caves, the most caves of any town in Puerto Rico. These caves in Morovis, and the surrounding area, house significant archaeological treasures. The town set aside this area as a reserve to preserve these wonders. Recently, the town has decided to join the ecotourism bandwagon by offering guided tours to see some of their caves. We booked a tour, and checked it out!

Reserva Cabachuelas

Our Trip

The Reserva Natural Las Cabachuelas is located in the town of Morovis, in the center of the island. The day started at 7am at the cultural center in Morovis (we had to leave home by 5am to get there!), where we met our guides Felix and Myriam. Our guides gave us our equipment – helmets with headlamps. They made sure everyone had good shoes, and water/snacks. Take advantage of the restroom at the cultural center … it’s the last one you’ll see for 4 or 5 hours!

After everyone was ready, we loaded into their van, and they drove us to the starting point for our hike. They were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. They told us about the town, the caves, nature, the conservation efforts, and education for the locals to promote ecotourism and jobs.

Once at the reserve, we walked maybe 10 minutes to the first cave. This cave is beautiful, called Los Gemelos (the twins). There is evidence of the pre-Columbian people using this cave … indigenous rock art-petroglyphs on the outside. Inside, there are a few pictographs that are beautiful. The rock formations inside the cave are amazing.

Reserva Cabachuelas

After the first cave, we walked a bit, and the guides talked about the birds and plants we passed along the path (watch your step, there are lots of “trippers”). This whole area is teaming with birds. The sound of the birds calling was very nice to hear. We got to a fresh-water stream where we rested a bit, then started another hike, up hill. It was maybe a 30-45 minute hike to get to the second cave, not too strenuous but not easy.

Reserva Cabachuelas

In this cave you can see ancient petroglyphs, and (sadly) modern graffiti. Our guides explained about the laws that protect the caves, and the serious fines for damaging them. We went inside and saw a bunch of formations, and followed the cave until we exited on the other side. Then we climbed up to get to 2 more caves!

The formations were cool. The guides explained how they were made, and how easily they are damaged. Our guides also pointed out cave dwelling animals, like crabs, whip scorpions, bats, crickets, and big cockroaches. The last cave was one of the few that had a bat population in it. Hurricane Maria really diminished the number of bats on the island, so they told us proper etiquette to help save the bats.

Then we turned around and hiked back to the van. The whole tour was about 4 hours. A few reasons for the early start: to avoid the heat of the afternoon, and the rains that usually come in the afternoon.

This was a really nice tour, educational, and interesting. Well worth the effort (and waking up before most of the civilized world).

Reserva Cabachuelas

Our tour was a mixed group — some English-only, some bilingual, a few Spanish-only. Our guides managed to do a tour that we all understood and enjoyed. They ask that you specify the language you need when making your reservation. We made our reservation via Facebook message, and paid via ATH Móvil (for Banco Popular customers). It was all very easy. Alternatively, you can call and do it all over the phone.

Technically, the Cabachuelas Nature Reserve is open to the public. However, exploring caves is not something just anyone should try doing alone. You can easily get lost or hurt in them. It is best to go with a guide who knows the area. The town Morovis offers the tour we went on, but you can also Google other tour companies that make tours of these caves. Having the right safety equipment is important — helmets, proper shoes, and lights!

The are talking about adding other tours that range in levels of difficulty, that will go to other caves in the area. Watch their Facebook page for more info!

Reserva Cabachuelas

Details

Tours cost $45 for adults, and $35 for kids (8-12 years old and seniors).

Tours start at 7am sharp at the Centro Cultural Diógenes Colón Gómez, Calle Baldorioty in Morovis.

You should wear long pants, long-sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes, and bring a backpack with water and some snacks. It wouldn’t hurt to bring a flashlight, though they provide a headlamp.

The tour takes 4-5 hours, from start to finish.

You can call or text (or WhatsApp)(939) 450-1295 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit their Facebook page for more information, or to make a reservation (via Facebook Messenger).

Morovis is about a 1-hour drive from the San Juan area.

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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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