27 Falls of Damajagua

27 Falls of Damajagua

It was an #active #climb up dirt staircases, rocky terrain and steep inclines, but eventually we reached the 27 Falls of #Damajagua in #Puerto Plata. We used carved out rocks as slides and ledges as diving boards to catapult ourselves into the flowing water 25 feet below. This is a must do next time you are in the #Dominican Republic.


Knowing that Puerto Plata is called the adventure coast of the Dominican Republic, I wanted to experience the ultimate adventure. I asked Iguana Mama what their most adventurous tour was and they introduced me to the 27 Falls of Damajagua.

Upon reading the description–there was no going back; I was hooked.

“Find your extreme side and go all the way with Iguana Mama. Enjoy a series of spectacular waterfalls with the rainforest canopy above you and crystal clear water below you’ll feel your senses come alive as you experience natures perfect water park.”

Perfect.

Going down from the vehicle
Going down from the vehicle

Adventure day arrived and I was whisked away on an informative bus ride toward the jungle. We parked on the edge of the mountain and readied ourselves with safety gear and appropriate footwear. Then, we were off.

We crossed a bouncy cable bridge cheerfully hiked up a fairly level pathway. I was full of energy and thought to myself that it was going to be a piece of cake to get up this mountain. And then, we reached the staircase.

Getting ready for the experience
Getting ready for the experience
A long wooden bridge
A long wooden bridge
Walking on a wooden bridge
Walking on a wooden bridge

The rest of the climb was made up from a series of staircases that were built into the dirt, rocky paths, uneven dirt trails and steep inclines. There were narrow corners around sudden drop-offs and large boulders to climb around.

In the thick Dominican humidity, it was the workout of my life–but I made it.

We took several breaks along the way and our guides made sure that everyone was comfortable. They never pushed us more than we could handle and literally lent us their hands if we were having trouble getting around a difficult spot.

Not only were my asthmatic lungs able to make the trek, but I was accompanied with a pair of nine-year-old twins that gave me a run for my money. If we could do it–you can do it.

In the thick Dominican humidity, it was the workout of my life–but I made it.
Getting ready for the experience
Getting ready for the experience

I remember the feeling I got when I saw it. I had heard the rushing water for the last ten minutes of the hike, but I got a real sense of accomplishment when I caught my first glimpse of the river. We had made it.

After an hour of hiking uphill in the muggy rainforest, I was dying to get in the water. It didn’t take long until I was sitting at the top of the first rock slide, water rushing past my legs and a smile on my face.

Ready?

YES!

Go ahead.

Weeeeee!

I threw my hands up and launched forward, down the slide. The slide was simply natural rock face that had been smoothed down by erosion from the rushing water. It was completely smooth and no one ended up with a single scratch after it was all said and done.

I threw my hands up and launched forward, down the slide.
Walking through water
Walking through water
It seems hard, but it's great!
It seems hard, but it's great!
Our guide helping us
Our guide helping us

Next up: the First Jump.

I crawled around a curved rock outcropping that had me hovering above thin air and clutching onto bit of stone and tree roots. There was nothing below me but the running river and pounding water, a dizzying 25 feet away.

I could understand how this might scare someone; the fear of falling and the unknown of what lies beneath the water, but I live for this sort of adrenaline.

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27 Falls of Damajagua

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 Bahia Principe San Juan, Espaillat, Dominican Republic
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...I live for this sort of adrenaline.

Without hesitation, I positioned myself on the ledge and launched myself forward into the open air.

Falling.

Falling.

How long have I been falling for?

Splash.

Getting ready for the jump
Getting ready for the jump
Jumping in the water
Jumping in the water
It is so much fun!
It is so much fun!

Emerging from the depths of the waterfall pool, I spit out some water and swam toward the shallow sands with a cheer. It had been both exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping and I could wait to jump off another one.

We continued down the river, one slide and one jump at a time. There were times that we had to rappel down vertical rock face and rely on a knotted rope to give us leverage. We climbed up and down more wooden stairs and bridges and waded through shallow streams.

Climbing the rocks
Climbing the rocks

At the bottom of one natural slide waited a narrow rock hallway of rushing water. I couldn’t touch the bottom, and couldn’t see anything around me but earth and rock all the way to the sky.

I swam around the corner and tried to grip the wall, where I discovered warm rain water trickling down the sides.

The water is surprisingly warm
The water is surprisingly warm

Finally, we reached our last jump.

This one was a little different than the others; it could be taken as a slide or a jump.

Opting for the jump, I had to slide my way along a narrow ridge, past the slide, to a point which hung out over the water. Only, it wasn’t a wide open space like the last one, It had a thin open-air pathway through the protruding rocks to the water below.

This one definitely made me a little more nervous than the last one, but I figured there was no point in delaying the inevitable. I jumped. And then, I jumped again.

Great waterfall
Great waterfall

I loved it so much that I located a rickety old ladder that took me back to the top, so that I could do it all over again.

Everyone was beaming from our adventure as we made our way back to the base. We were greeted with a traditional Dominican lunch consisting of chicken, rice, plantains and vegetables. Famished from the workout of the tour, we all gobbled down every last bite.

Filling our plates
Filling our plates
Having lunch
Having lunch

In my mind, it was the perfect adventure. I had wanted to feel some adrenaline while experiencing the true Dominican Republic, and I ended up with that much and more.

I highly recommend that you spend a day away from the beach, and take on the 27 Falls of Damajagua with Iguana Mama for yourself. It was my favourite experience in the Dominican Republic.

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