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 Salto de Jiménez Waterfalls & Pools

We are lucky enough to be able to call El Yunque rain forest “our backyard”. We have explored many areas of it, and still we have not seen everything there is to see. When talking with some friends who live in our area, they mentioned the really nice waterfalls just up the road. What!? We’ve lived here for years … how did we miss them? We once did a little exploring down river, but obliviously didn’t go far enough! We’ll let you in on this little-know secret!

Salto de Jiménez

Take Note — This is not a “walk in the park”. It is a relatively difficult proposition to venture beyond the first waterfall. The rocks are slippery — VERY SLIPPERY. The path from the road to the river is slippery mud. The weather can change quickly. Even if its not raining where you are, it can get dangerous real fast if it starts raining up higher on the mountain. One needs to be alert of rapid rises in water level, and the speed at which the river is running. You will be climbing up/over/around boulders. It is really almost canyoning. Wear a helmet, and a personal flotation device. If you get hurt, rescue will not be easy nor quick.

Salto de Jiménez

So if I haven’t scared you away … We had a great time the day we went. Sadly, we were on a tight schedule so we could only go down-river a short distance. From looking at Google Maps, I can see more falls farther down-river from where we stopped. We will go back when we have more time (and better equipment with us).

Salto de Jiménez is located along Quebrada Jiménez. This small river eventually runs into the Río Espíritu Santo much lower down the mountain. This quebrada (which means “small river”) is easy to get to. It is the first bridge you come to as you enter El Yunque National Forest as you go up Road 966/9966. There is parking right near the bridge. From the bridge, you can walk up-river or down-river.

Salto de Jiménez

The waterfalls pictured here down-river from the bridge. There is a steep path down to the river on the north end of the bridge. It starts at the edge of the gravel “parking area”.

That path leads down to the rocks at the edge of the river, and then we scrambled down the rocks carefully until we got to the first waterfall. From there, farther and farther down-river. There are at least 3 sets of big falls (over 30 feet tall), and many smaller falls and cascades. Some have beautiful blue pools at their bases. Sometimes there were just refreshing blue swimming holes along the way. We took loads of pictures, went swimming (the water is cold!), and had a lot of fun.

Our friend always plays on the rocks barefooted and I though he was crazy. But I found my hiking shoes just had NO traction on slippery rocks. So I took them off and just walked in my socks, and had much better traction. It seemed much safer.

Salto de Jiménez

Details

Wear sturdy shoes that have good traction on wet/slippery surfaces. Most hiking shoes to not fit this description. You need a shoe that is “sticky” on the bottom. Water shoes can fit the bill here. Wearing a helmet would not be a bad idea. Take water to drink. Pack out all of your trash.

We spent about 2 hours from start to finish, but we could have easily spent a lot more time there.

From Route 3 in Rio Grande, take Road 186 south (uphill) for about 1 mile, then take Road 966 uphill. Road 966 becomes Road 9966 near the “Welcome to El Yunque National Forest” sign. Continue until you come to the bridge.

From Road 191 (that’s the road that most people take up into El Yunque National Forest), you will see a sign for Road 9966. That’s where you would turn, and then follow Road 9966 until you come to the bridge.

Salto de Jiménez

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