Damajagua Waterfall Adventure with Lunch
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
- Guided hike: Learn about the unique ecosystem of the Northern Corridor tropical forest as a guide leads you on a hike up to the natural wonder of the 27 charcos, or waterfalls.
- Aquatic amazement: Swim, slip, and slide in the various crystal-clear pools and cascades formed out of sturdy limestone rock cliffs through long-ago geological upheaval.
- Special access: Get direct hotel pick up and enjoy quick entry into the falls area and trail, arguably Puerto Plata's most popular visitor activity, with this fun guided tour group.
- Dominican delight: Immerse yourself in the lush tropical forests of the Dominican Republic, observing the verdant land surrounding you, plus native plants and animals.
About This Puerto Plata Tour
How could anyone keep a jaw-dropping phenomenon like the 27 Charcos (Waterfalls) de Damajagua a secret for so long? These dreamy limestone mini-lakes, replete with aquamarine waters, have existed since a geological fault formed a several-miles long canyon eons ago. But visitors have only jumped and shimmied down them in an organized way since 1994.
Until 2004, the cascades didn't have many visitors. It wasn't until Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, volunteered there as part of the Peace Corps and helped to create a sustainable tourism model to aid the nearby community. Locals were trained in safety procedures and taught about the area's environment so that they could serve as tour guides.
With the grant money that Kennedy secured, a visitor center and restaurant went up, giving more work opportunities for the Dominicans. From there, the waterfalls of Damajagua took off. It's now something everyone wants to do in Puerto Plata. There, you'll get hotel pickup, priority access to the cascades, a delicious Dominican buffet lunch, and safety equipment.
Allow your trained guide to take you up the trail to the twelfth waterfall, where you'll soak in the jungle atmosphere and its lush vegetation. Then the fun begins - leap, slide, and swim in these natural pools most people only see in fantasies, all the way down to where you started. Waterfalls like "The Virgin," "La Tinajita," and "The Corkscrew" await you.
Fun for visitors, help for the community
A portion of the entrance fee to the Damajagua falls, adding up to US$1, is funneled into a development fund that helps the nearby Dominican communities. With roughly 3,000 travelers coming each month, it's been quite successful. The locals have plans to build a new school library, renovate a church, and construct much-needed footbridges over a river.
Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so our GoBe Representative, with the displayed logo sign, can meet you in your hotel lobby.
Be sure to advise at checkout which local hotel you are staying at so that we can pick you up.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
Tour involves walking roughly 2 miles over rough terrain, including steep inclines, rocks and in the river that can be slippery. Tour also involves jumping off water falls. Not recommended for travelers with limited mobility.
Adventure, Walking Tour, Wilderness/Wildlife
Beverages - Soda & Water
Lunch - Local Favorites
English, German, Spanish, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 10 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 250 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
Due to nature of this tour, it is not recommended to travelers with canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. Participants must be in good health condition, disclose their physical fitness and sign a waiver.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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