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 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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