Twenty Seven Waterfalls, Saltos Damajagua, Dominican Republic

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Twenty Seven Waterfalls, Saltos Damajagua, Dominican Republic

I love everything I’ve done in the Dominican Republic but THIS IS MY NUMBER ONE!  Schedule a trip to the Dominican Republic now and thank me later because you won’t regret experiencing the Twenty-seven Waterfalls.

It takes about 30 minutes from Puerto Plata into the mountains to reach Rio Damajagua. At the entrance, you’re given a choice: 7 waterfalls, 12 waterfalls, or 27 waterfalls. My advice: GO BIG OR GO HOME!  You do not want to live your life wondering about the waterfalls you missed. That’s no way to live. Even if your guide gives you a disparaging look while the ticket agent explains there’s a 45-minute hike.

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The hike is mostly straight up, so it’s a pretty rigorous hike. But keep moving because it’s worth it!  At one point a guide suggested that we unstrap our lifejackets to cool down. Debbie wondered why we all laughed. Her body literally let off steam and the guide proclaimed “you’re on fire!”

Arriving at the base of the 27th waterfall triggers a minor celebration. Or in our case, a major celebration. You’re invited to plunge into the pool at the base of the waterfall–which was delicious.

Now the fun begins. You follow the stream down the mountain until you arrive at the next waterfall. You jump over the waterfall. And then proceed to the next waterfall, where you SLIDE down the waterfall. Rinse and repeat twenty-six times!

I couldn’t decide which I liked better, jumping or sliding. Then we’d float on our backs, gazing at the verdant green canopy. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope.

At the highest waterfall, about fifteen feet, our guide explained there was a walkway so we could avoid the jump. ARE YOU KIDDING?  Why would we want to miss out on the best jump?!?  Deb paused at the brink of the jump and took a minute to mentally prepare, so our guide was surprised when she took the leap. There were hearty high fives all around and our guide beamed with pride.

WE DID IT!!

WE DID IT!!

The bad news is all the pictures are on Deb’s water camera. But the website, Twenty-seven Waterfalls, has great pictures. We were exhilarated and exhausted.  I hope you have a chance to experience it!
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Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

4 Comments

  • Ali

    This sounds absolutely amazing! 15 feet sounds a little intimidating! Glad you did it!

    February 23, 2016 at 4:45 am
  • Cindy

    Oh my gosh. So fun. I love hiking and waterfalls. Together it makes for a perfect adventure. Loved hearing about it.

    February 23, 2016 at 5:44 am
  • Chanel Nielsen

    That sounds amazing!! I’m bummed we missed it!!

    February 24, 2016 at 4:41 am
  • Williammr

    I really like and appreciate your forum post. Walund

    May 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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