27 Waterfalls of Damajagua (27 Charcos) Featured in
The 27 waterfalls of Damajagua have existed for around millennia but have only recently been discovered by humans. The first tourists began reaching the falls in 1994, and gradually, everyone got out about this unbelievable natural treasure. Today, a couple of decades later, about 50,000 tourists come to Rio Damajagua every year to enjoy jaw-dropping adventures.
The 27 Charcos of Damajagua are a year-round destination with a series of 27 small cascades that drop into 27 small pools. This spot is about an hour's drive from Puerto Plata. It offers a day of strolling through a dense tropical forest and crossing footbridges before finally reaching the rocky hilltop where you’ll start jumping or sliding down a series of waterfalls into deep turquoise pools. With safety gear on, of course. You have the option to simply walk next to any cascade as well if you don't feel like sliding down or jumping. There are steps that take you down to the waterfalls in case you are not up for all this adrenalinic adventure.
You can choose to do 7, 12, 19, or 27 cascades during your adventure but most tours offer to take you only through seven falls, as reaching the 27th one is possible only for the physically fit daredevils.
The majority of tourists visit 27 Charcos as part of prepaid guided tours from local professional guides in Puerto Plata or Cabarete. The park entrance fees benefit all of its residents, making it a win for all.