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.

Waterfalls and More in Peñuelas

Bummer…the first waterfall is no more. It was actually no natural, rather formed by a broken water tube gushing water. It was broken for years, making this beautiful well known waterfall. But as of 12/16, the tube has been repaired and the is no more first waterfall. The second waterfall, further in is still there and lovely.

What can I say … I am a sucker for waterfalls .. and we found another one that is really special and easy to get to. La Soplaera Falls is two nice falls in one spot, up in the mountains of Peñuelas. The town of Penuelas is really nice, too — the mountain views are amazing, and you pass the lovely main plaza enroute to the falls. All and all … a great way to spend a day!

Peñuelas is located on the south-west coast, the town just to the west of Ponce. While it may not be worth driving all the way from San Juan for just a day trip, I highly recommend making a side trip to see these falls if you are visiting Ponce or Cabo Rojo.

La Soplaera Falls

Soplaera Falls

I had heard these falls were easily accessible. The town of Peñuelas maintains them, so there is a marked entrance, a place to park, and even a concrete trail leading from the road to the falls. It was easy to find — just 20 minutes up into the mountains after exiting Route 52/2.

I have seen some pretty views in Puerto Rico, but the steep, green mountainsides in Peñuelas are especially pretty. Just beautiful, and covered with every imaginable shade of green.

As usual, you drive up into the mountains on local country (curvy) roads. The drive wasn’t as bad as we expected it to be.

About ½ mile before you get to the falls, you come to a curve that has a small waterfall that seemingly runs through someones yard. The people that own the property made a little scene in a cave by their waterfall, it was neat place for a quick stop and some photos.

Continue up to the yellow marked trailhead and bridge. Park on the left in the gravel field.

Walk up the short, but steep inclined concrete path and you will come to the first waterfall — a nice wide beauty, probably about 35 feet tall.

Getting to the second waterfall is more difficult (relatively speaking). You practically have to walk through the first waterfall to get to the thin concrete path that leads to the second waterfall. You have to walk through some ankle-deep water and follow a narrow cement path along a rock wall, through another little sprinkling falls, then do a little “river trekking” through the water, and make you way up and around some rocks to the waterfall. But I think most people, taking their time and with a little help, will be able to get to the second waterfall and charco.

Soplaera Falls

The second waterfall is a thin ribbon of water (about 30 feet tall) that drops into a nice pool, where you can swim (or at least splash around).

After we finished with the waterfalls, we did some river trekking down-river and found some more pretty rock formations, and small falls. This area was steep and difficult to get to … we really can’t recommend that people go down-river.

When we arrived at the “parking lot” (mid-day, mid-week in the summer), no one was there. After we finished with the waterfalls, there were about six cars in the parking area. But people seemed to come and go relatively quickly.

After playing in the river, we took a short drive farther up the road, and got some good mountain views. Then we turned around, and drove back to the center of town.

Peñuelas Town Plaza

In town, at the lovely Town Plaza, there is an old sugar cane locomotive, church, fountains, and statues. We spent some time in the plaza, and took a bunch of photos. The Flamboyan is the town flower of Peñuelas (and there is an amphitheater in the plaza that has a beautiful mural of a Flamboyan tree), the local musical instrument is the Güiro, and there are some historical figures associated with the town. We all remarked how everyone we saw or passed by in cars were so pleasant to us. I think they really liked having tourists enjoying their town!

I hear that Peñuelas has other waterfalls, river pools, and other interesting things to explore, so we will be back!

Soplaera Falls

Details

If you’re just stopping for a quick-look, allow about 30 minutes to spend at the waterfalls. Otherwise, pack your lunch and spend the afternoon. Just remember to take your trash home with you.

From the San Juan area, take Route 52 south then west past Ponce (where it becomes Route 2). Take exit 213 to Route 385 north to Road 132. Make a right onto Road 132, and continue until Road 386, where you’ll turn right. Follow Road 386 for about 8 minutes, until you see the yellow bridge and signs for the waterfall. Park in the gravel lot on the left.

Allow about 2 hours to drive from the San Juan area.

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