The most unforgettable excursion of my Dominican trip was the visit to the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. Located east of Puerto Plata, the waterfalls represent one of the coolest possible activities in the area.
When you arrive, you’ll be given a helmet, lifejacket, and rubber shoes. Before any of the aquatic fun begins, you’ll need to partake in a lengthy hike through the forest. Bring plenty of water and be prepared for more than 30 minutes of climbing uphill.
Finally, you reach the first waterfall. Each of the 27 waterfalls is different. Some are just a small jump into a little pool of water. Others consist of sliding down natural water slides. The final jump is a big one (20-30 feet high) that almost feels like cliff jumping, but by that point you’ll be up for it after conquering the smaller jumps along the way.
The site provides trained guides to take you through the waterfalls as you move through the forest. Because of the guides and the years of experience this company has, the overall waterfall experience is quite safe. That said, expect to walk away with a couple bumps and bruises, maybe from knocking your elbow against one of the rocks or bouncing too hard on your butt while moving down one of the slides.
Here’s the official site, which lists their current prices. As of this writing, it’s 700 Dominican pesos (about $15) for the full 27 waterfalls. A taxi from the town will set you back an additional amount, though you can obviously split the cost with friends on your way there.
Give yourself at least four hours and get there by early afternoon at the latest so you have time to complete the full course. I was on the fence about going, but I’m so glad I did because it was one of the most fun outdoor activities I have ever had.