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.

Rio Espiritu Santo Waterfall in El Yunque

Rio Espiritu Santo Waterfall

Covering 28000 acres, the El Yunque National Forest is a large area, of which many people only see a tiny portion. Most visitors to the rain forest spend just a few hours of their vacation driving up Road 191 on the northern face of El Yunque and walking around on a few of the trails that start along that road.

But El Yunque has a lot more to explore besides the forest along Road 191. If you have a little extra time and want to get a little more rain forest immersion, you can take a short drive up Road 186, above the El Verde area in Rio Grande, and find a hidden waterfall just steps from the road.

Road 186 into the Rain Forest

Road 186 is just off of Route 3 in Rio Grande. Turn onto Road 186 south (up toward the mountain) at El Verde Bar & Restaurant, which about 3¾ miles west of Road 191 (the "main" road up into the rain forest). Follow Road 186 for a few miles, and you’ll come to a Welcome to El Yunque National Forest sign. The road continues and crosses a few rivers.

At the first bridge, there is parking along the side of the road, and there is a small natural pool with a small waterfall. It is cute, but nothing great.

Rio Espiritu Santo Waterfall

The second bridge crosses the Rio Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit River). There is parking along the road and in a small grassy parking area near the bridge. From the bridge, there are some great views of the Atlantic Ocean to the north. If you walk to the south side of the bridge and look up-river and you look closely, you can just about spot a waterfall!

From the road, you can see a river with lots of huge boulders, which block the view of the waterfall. If you stand way back on the right side of the road, you get a better angle and you can see the top of the waterfall.

We chose to do a little more exploring and made our way carefully up the rocks on the right side. Behind the big rocks there is a nice natural pool with a beautiful waterfall at the end of a ravine.

If you continue driving up Road 186, the next river you come to is very small, but there is a little trail on the left that leads to some covered picnic pavilions. The river is very small here — more of a stream, really — but there are some pools to sit in. The area was refurbished in 2021, but usually it is not that well-maintained, and restroom facilities are closed.

Continuing farther up Road 186, the fourth bridge has a small waterfall (maybe 8 feet) that is visible from the road. We climbed down to the pool (charco) and falls. There was a family playing the water and having a cook-out picnic.

If you continue even farther up Route 186, you will find some nice openings that offer views looking north-west over the treetops to the Atlantic Ocean and San Juan. Just at the Thank You for Visiting El Yunque sign, you will find the trail head for El Toro Trail, which is a long hike that ends at the highest point in El Yunque National Forest — El Toro Peak.

This ride through the forest and the secret sights are nice. Just be careful, many people that drive this road in these remote parts don’t always stay on "their" side!

Safety Note- these are slippery rocks, so you need to be careful when walking around on them. Also, never go in the rivers during a rain (flash floods happen a lot ) or even a day or two after a rain, since the current can be too strong to be safe. People have been hurt/killed while playing in rivers, jumping from the rocks and climbing around the rivers. Respect nature and be safe. And don’t litter.

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