Damajagua or "27 Charcos" (Charco translates as "pool" and refers to the natural swimming pools of the falls) as the locals call it, is one exhilarating eco-adventure not to be missed in the Dominican Republic. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Northern Corridor mountain range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane lays a treasure you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Your adventure begins at the main gates of the Amber Cove Cruise Center where you're welcomed and greeted by the friendly staff who will be escorting you on the tour. A narrated, countryside drive will take you to the Damajagua "base camp" located within a tropical forest. Immersed in the beautiful landscape of the "Cordillera Central" (mountain range), the "Salto de la Damajagua" and its 27 lagoons are part of the system of a protected area of the Dominican Republic. This natural monument of the Damajagua River is composed of 27 bodies of water of various sizes.
Here you will have time to use the facilities before hearing important rules and safety instructions and receiving your helmet, life-jacket, and bottle of water. Then you are on your way up-hill for approximately 30-minutes to the first waterfall. Official park guides are located at each fall, slide, or jump and climb. Although this tour does include jumps of up to 25 feet, there are paths at some of the highest jumps where you can choose to walk around.
Your return to base camp is by jumping and sliding down 12 of the natural waterslides carved from centuries of rushing water. After your adventure, you will have a chance to change into dry clothing.
On your return to the cruise center you will enjoy lively, typical music as you sip on your rum punch and enjoy a snack provided by your guide.
Reviewer: Silvana Arena
My friends and I had a total blast on this excursion! We were a group of 17 people (all between the ages of 22-27) and were looking at a fun and adventurous excursion to do on this island. We saw that Carnival offered something similar but for about $25.00 more dollars. We were very skeptical at first booking this excursion but from the minute we got on the bus, the staff made us feel super welcomed! Winston was our tour guide for the day and he was absolutely AMAZING!! Super informative and super helpful! The hike was a bit challenging but you have some rest stops and the tour guides go at your pace. The jumps and slides you get to experience are unreal. SO much adrenaline and SO much fun! Definitely recommend to all visiting that area. The rum punch at the end was the cherry on top!
Reviewer: Lara Schwartz
We had a blast. It was SO beautiful and getting teenagers excited can be a challenge. Our adventurous group of 12 loved it! One or 2 of us was a little out if shape, but hey, they warned us about the hike up to the falls. Once that was done, it was all downhill and everyone would go again.
Reviewer: Joanna Bartolomeo
Amazing experience! High adventure, adrenaline pumping! Our group was aged 45-11 and it was loved by us all! Once we walked to the tour bus we were greeted by an awesome crew. The bus had ac and free WiFi. Our belongings stayed safe in the bus while we were on the mountain. Water shoe rental was $2. The hike up was no joke but totally doable. Water was provided and breaks were given. Coming down was an experience not to be missed! Jumping off of the falls, sliding down the natural slides and making our way through the caverns was just awesome. The highest jump was 25' and our 11 year old was the first to jump! The guides are amazing and with you every step of the way. There is an alternate route down but go for it! We brought a go pro to capture the excitement. The ride back we were offered snacks and bottomless yummy rum punch! They even stopped at a local fruit stand and bought bananas for everyone! By far everyone's favorite thing from our trip! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Reviewer: John Hawkins DPm
Winston our tour guide was EXCELLENT and helpful throughout the trip. Highly recommended excursion
Our guide, Milton was the best! He was like family by the end of the excursion. The falls were exciting and a lot of fun. The hike to falls were beautiful. The whole experience was amazing! I can not say on bad thing about this excursion or any of the guides. All the guides that went with us we really sweet! I would definitely book through Shore Excursion the Damajagua Falls again!