Damajagua Cascades – 27 Waterfalls of the Rio Damajagua , Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Gushing water in the 27 waterfalls
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No trip to the Domincan Republic is complete without a visit to the Damajagua Cascades. This has got to be on the bucket list of every travel adventurer. We visited the 27 waterfalls while we were in the Dominican Republic on a Fathom Travel Cruise.

The 27 waterfalls of the Dominican Republic are a must do for anyone visiting this country. 

What you should take with you to the 27 waterfalls

  • bug spray – it will wash off in the river and your walk back to the visitor center will be miserable without it
  •  sturdy water shoes or sneakers that you don’t mind swimming in
  •  bottled water
  •  waterproof camera
  • swim suit
  • Don’t take  – sunglasses, money, hats, flimsy shoes, jewelry 

Gushing water in the 27 waterfalls

You don’t have to do all 27 waterfalls

You can hike up to the 7th, 12th, or 27th waterfall. We hiked to the 12th and in hindsight I wish we would have gone all the way to the top and did all 27. We loved sliding and swimming in the waterfalls and I am sad that we did not do all of them. But fair warning: It was hot! The hike is not easy. There are very steep portions and lots of stairs up and down. It is buggy. So if you want a taste of adventure without enduring all of the above for a longer period of time than I would suggest that you do a smaller portion of the falls. 

Beautiful green water between rocky ledges in the 27 waterfalls of the Domincan Republic

Is it safe to visit the 27 waterfalls?

All tours are guided. Some of the guides have been doing this for 30 years. Ask for someone who has been there a long time and has experience. Follow your guides directions. They will show you how to ride each waterfall safely.

All visitors must wear a helmet and life jacket. Your tour fee includes the use of this equipment.

I did not feel unsafe at all during our adventure but over the years I have learned to trust tour guides. Every jump and slide was thrilling and some were a little scary but every single one of them was FUN!

Hiking down the steps towards the waterfalls

How much does it cost to take an adventure through the 27  waterfalls?

You won’t believe how cheap this is. The price varies based on how many water falls you want to do. I paid $32 total for myself and my son to do 12 water falls. You do not need to book a tour through a tour company. If you take a taxi to the waterfalls you can easily book your own guide at the visitor’s center. This is probably the easiest and cheapest way to do it. It also means you will not have to go with a big group. My son and I were the only people in our group with one guide. We did not have to wait for other people to catch up or take turns in the water falls.

My son enjoying one of the many pools of water in the 27 waterfalls

You can book tours through several tour companies, though.

Iguana Mama:

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If you book through Iguana Mama, you will get drink and lunch included as well as transportation to and from the dock at Amber Cove. So all in all it is a good deal as well and runs from $79 to $89 per person. You have to be at least 12 yrs old to book this excursion through Iguana Mama so it was not an option for us since my son was only 10. Interestingly, there are no Dominican Republic laws restricting the age of visitors to the waterfalls.

Natural slide into the waterfall

The name 27 “Waterfalls” is actually a mistranslation from the Spanish word “Charcos” that means pools not waterfalls, there are only in fact a total of around 12 actual waterfalls even on the full trip to number 27. When in the Dominican Republic this should be a “must do” on your list. For us it was a once in a lifetime adventure that we will remember forever.

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Mary M. - 3 years ago Reply

Another great idea to add to the bucket list!

Mary M. - 3 years ago Reply

Another great place to add to the bucket list!

Amee - 3 years ago Reply

These are beautiful falls.

Angie - 3 years ago Reply

What a cool experience!

crystal b - 3 years ago Reply

wow this is great. i need to take my family here

Gina - 3 years ago Reply

We absolutely loved our time spent in the Dominican Republic. Riding these waterfalls was so much fun.

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

These look amazing. I have a friend that goes to DR every year. He raves about the place.

Linda L. - 3 years ago Reply

Wow! I was just talking about seeing a live waterfall in person being on my bucket list! This is such a great recommendation thanks!

Sean - 3 years ago Reply

Love the tip about the bug spray and waterproof camera for sure!

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

That all tours are guided is great to hear. It looks so pretty!

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

One to add to my list for sure!

Mary Beth Elderton - 3 years ago Reply

Breathtaking! I hope I get to see the Dominican Republic someday.

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

If we go, I’ll have my sister watch my son for a few hours because he’s not 12 years old yet.

Adriane - 3 years ago Reply

Wow – these are amazing!

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

I love that you get to enjoy it and exercise at the same time.

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

Love that if you book through Iguana Mama, you will get drink and lunch included as well as transportation to and from the dock at Amber Cove. This sounds like a good deal indeed!

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

I’ve been to the waterfalls in PR and they are gorgeous. These seem stunning since there are 27 options.

Sean - 3 years ago Reply

Even with the mistranslation I love that there are full 12 waterfalls to hike.

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

Planning our next vacation and this one is on our list 🙂

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

This is definitely going on the “to do” list!

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

Booking through Iguana Mama sounds like the way to go!

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

Sturdy shoes which are on the list are a definite must for this kind of trek.

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

I would definitely take a waterproof camera to capture this beauty.

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

I like that all visitors must wear a helmet and life jacket. That way I don’t have to convince my child – it’s a rule!

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

Glad to hear that you didn’t feel unsafe on this trek.

Cindy S. - 3 years ago Reply

What a beautiful and amazing adventure! Love all the green foliage and the color of the water. I would love to visit here some day with my family.

Jessica Denny - 3 years ago Reply

wow, Dominican Republic is beautiful!

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

I hope you took a lot of photos. They look gorgeous!

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

If I ever go to the Dominican Republic this will be on the top of my to do list.

Sean - 3 years ago Reply

Love the tips of what and what not to take.

Cindy S. - 3 years ago Reply

Wow. Looks like a gorgeous place to visit. I love adventures like this. Waterfalls are always so beautiful.

Alina - 3 years ago Reply

Exciting that your son and you were the only ones with one guide. That probably gave you time to focus on the information provided.

Stafford - 3 years ago Reply

I’m sure you have amazing photos!

Rust - 3 years ago Reply

Looks like a fabulous experience!

Sean - 3 years ago Reply

Definitely on top ten of my list!

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