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.

Explore El Saltillo & Nearby Waterfalls

San Sebastian is famous for some of its waterfalls, like Gozalandia Falls and Salto Collazo. But there is another, lesser known, one called El Saltillo. This waterfall is a bit more of an adventure to find, but worth it! And, right along the trail, there is a side trip to other even lesser known falls. It is not an easy hike, nor a clean one, but we had a ball exploring the rivers there!

Saltillo Falls

San Sebastian is a town in the northwest area of Puerto Rico. The town has a lot to offer, and finding this waterfall is an adventure you may enjoy. Years ago, we set out to find El Saltillo waterfall, using directions from a geocache site. We did find it, but it required us to walk through a fenced cow field (which is no longer accessible). While there, we did see all sorts of trails leading there from another direction, so we knew we had some exploring to do to find the other way in. We went back and found the other way, but then Hurricane Maria happened in 2017, and the trails were destroyed. But now, the trails are opened back up, as more people have used them. But this waterfall is rarely visited, so if you go, you will probably have it to yourself.

Our Recent Visit

Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, the bridge on Road 451 washed out, so that road is closed before you get to the river. We took Road 4451 to the end (by the barriers) and parked there. We walked a little bit down beyond the barrier and, on the right hand side, there is a thin trail (which leads to a smaller falls, which an acquaintance calls Cascada Peña). Continue past that thin trail on the right for now, and go down until you get almost to the river. On the right hand side, you will see on the right side the Saltillo trailhead, which is a larger dirt trail.

Saltillo Falls

The Saltillo trail starts out going through a lot of grasses. You will soon get to a stream or small river crossing (we will stop back here on way back!). Cross it and, from this point on, the trail goes through the forest. Once you cross the little stream, the trail goes to the left. When you come to a Y at a tree, go to the right. It will seem like you are going uphill a lot, but it is OK. At the next Y, you will want to stay to the left. The trail is muddy, and a little bit slippery. But it is only about a 15-minute walk until you hear the waterfall on your left. This is where you take the steep trail, down the hill, to the waterfall.

Saltillo Falls

We were able to walk around the pool to the right and get behind the waterfall, which was neat. But it was slippery, so be careful if you try that.

Saltillo Falls

On the way back, we stopped at that little river crossing at the beginning and went upriver. You will see some trails at first and then you will need to go in the water. You will have to climb up and over some rocks, but it is not too hard nor slippery. And it is so pretty with lots of little cascades. Soon you will come to a really pretty 15-foot waterfall called Cascada Valeriana.

Saltillo Falls

If you keep going, you will end up at Cascada Peña, This is a pretty 30-foot or so waterfall. And on the right side, you will see that path I mentioned first thing. Taking that steep trail will take you back to the starting point on the road.

The amount of water flowing over the waterfalls depends on how much rain there has been. I have seen photos of it almost a trickle during dry season!

Bring plenty of drinking water. Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Make sure to take your trash home with you, and pick up anything else you see left by others. Let’s leave it better than when you found i!.

Saltillo Falls

Details

Get an early enough start so that you can make it back to your car before dark.

Allow a few hours for this hike.

Park at the end of Road 451, near the barriers.

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