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)
πŸ›’ 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)
πŸ” 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.
πŸ‘ͺ 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)
πŸ›’ 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)
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 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
πŸ‘ͺ 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.
πŸ“„ 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.

Trek to Salto Curet in Maricao

Salto Curet in Maricao

Waterfalls are always beautiful. Here is another example of an off-the-beaten-path waterfall. Salto Curet in Maricao is not easy to get to. Besides being about ½-hour drive along a small, twisty, turning mountain road, once you actually get to the river you have hike in and then walk up stream. But I think it is very pretty and worth the effort — if you have the time.

Our Up-River Trek

It had rained hard all morning the day we went to the falls. By afternoon, it was still overcast but dry. So we went out exploring. Just as an FYI — much of the Puerto Rican mountain region is orange clay soil. This became very obvious when we finally got to the river — it was orange!

Now, I will tell you that this river trek was not the smartest thing we have ever done. When playing in rivers, you have to be constantly aware of the conditions because flash floods happen when it rains higher upstream.

On this particular trek, we could see where the water line was earlier in the day. The river had flooded about 6-feet higher than it was when we got there. But being us, we went into the river anyway.

Just because we did this does not mean it’s a smart thing to do. In hindsight, it was pretty careless of us. If you decide to do this (or any activity in the river) please don’t be stupid!

Salto Curet in Maricao

To get to the waterfall, follow the driving directions below and drive as far as you feel comfortable driving. Keep an eye on the condition of the dirt road and don’t drive so far that you end up stuck!

From the parking area, follow the dirt road down and to the right, down to the river. Cross the river and follow the road up and go to the left. You’ll have to cross the river again. Keep following the road until you come to a house at the end, where you’ll see a Salto Curet sign. From where we parked, it took about 20 minutes to walk this far.

Salto Curet in Maricao

At this point, you’ll be back at the river yet again. From here there is an upstream walk to the falls, which will take another 10 minutes.

The river is usually clear and not very deep, so I bet it is easy to make your way. Of course the day we went, we couldn’t see the bottom, so we had to really take our time and watch our footing. But it still was easy enough and when we got to the falls, it was great!

I’d say the falls are about 40 feet tall, with another set of falls above that, and even another set above that. Probably 100 feet in total from top to bottom. If we could have only been there when it wasn’t orange! But still … it was beautiful!

Directions, GPS, and Map

Salto Curet in Maricao

Driving Directions: Once in Maricao, take Carratera 105 East until you get to a bridge, at about KM 28 or so. On the other side of the bridge, you will see a sign for Salto Curet. Turn right onto that Road 425 and drive to the end and park. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you may be able to drive farther (across the river a few times) and save yourself a little walking. But it may not be worth the risk of getting stuck in the mud. We parked and then did the rest on foot on the packed-dirt road.

 

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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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