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.

A Visit to the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

1/21 Covid-19 rules apply- Museum is open and you can walk the grounds and see the petroglyphs and stone ball parks. But you may need reservations before going- call 787-840-2255 .

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

I have this "thing" about ancient civilizations and their cultures. I find it so interesting to see what they left behind. Luckily, Puerto Rico has a rich history of indigenous peoples and a number of artifacts scattered across the island.

The Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center (Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes, in Spanish), located just outside Ponce in the south-west of Puerto Rico, is the most important archaeological site in the Caribbean. The center offers some really nice information and examples of the Igneri, pre-Taíno and Taíno cultures of ancient Puerto Rico.

History Unfolding

This lovely place was uncovered in 1975 after the river flooded and washed away some of the top soil. Archaeological excavations have discovered artifacts from civilizations from around 25AD. They have already found so much. Who knows what else remains undiscovered?

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

We first went to Tibes about 18 years ago. A lot has changed since then!

Every year, archaeologists return to the Center to do more excavations and research. So far, they have uncovered 9 ball fields (bateys), 186 burial sites, and 3 ceremonial plazas.

They have been able to determine many of the Taíno customs and purposes of some of the artifacts found here by studying the Indian tribes of Central and South America. They have even found ties to the Mongolians. One can only imagine the trip these original people had to make to get here. It is mind blowing!

A Visit to Tibes

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

When you get to the Center, you are directed to visit the museum first. It is a great museum! It had lots of artifacts and bilingual (English/Spanish) placards that explained all about the people that lived in, and used, the area. There was even one of the skeletons on display, just as he was discovered — in a fetal position.

They have an interesting 15-minute bilingual video about the center, the archaeological work they are doing, and their conservation efforts. It was an interesting video to watch.

After touring the museum and viewing the video, if there is a guide, you meet your tour guide who takes you out into the archaeological site itself. If no guide, you can just walk out to the ball fields yourself. Put on bug spray as the mosquitoes are hungry!

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

After crossing a bridge, you walk along a path where they are growing the trees that the Indians used for food, shelter, canoes and all sorts of other purposes. You can go right to the ball field (or batey) area. Here, you’ll be able to view 2 ceremonial plazas and 7 ball fields. The ball fields were used to play a game with a large rubber ball. The fields vary in size, but they are really just a plot of land surrounded by rocks.

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

At Tibes, each of the ball fields are identified by what was found in each one or by the shape/orientation of the field itself. One is referred to as the bat field because that is where the researchers found pottery with bat designs. Another is called the horseshoe field because of the shape.

The archaeologists found the majority of the burial sites in the largest of the ball fields. This was also the one that had a few petroglyphs on the rocks surrounding the field. Intermixed with the ball fields were the plazas that were used for ceremonial gatherings and other meetings.

In addition to the museum and ball fields, Tibes has a gift shop, snack bar and clean restrooms. I would suggest sunscreen, bug spray, and water when you go out on the field.

Details

Admission is $3/adult, discount for children under 12 , seniors, handicapped, students (with ID). Adults over 75 and kids under 5 are free. You usually pay at the gate. But if there is no one at the gate, go to office for your tickets and tour information. I hear it is Cash only.

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 3:00pm. But get there by 2pm just in case!). Closed on Monday (unless it’s a Monday holiday, then they’re open on Monday and closed on Tuesday).

Allow about 1½ hours.

You can call (787)840-2255 or (787) 840-5685 or(787) 284-4141 for reservations and more information.

Directions from Ponce: Route 10 north to Route 503. Turn left onto Route 503 and continue to KM 2.2.

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