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: James Odato
I went on this excursion and loved every minute of it, we had an awesome tour guide Henry. The hike up was peaceful and scenic. And of course the jumps and slides down were absolutely fantastic. The hike up will wind you a little, but the payoff is well worth the work!!!
Reviewer: Hoa N Nguyen
Our tour guide was great. The walk-up to the WaterFalls was physical. You need to bring good water shoes as the ground is wet and slippery. Once you get the cool and relaxing water falls, it was all worth it. You can either jump usually 1-2 stories height or walk down the steps or slide down the narrow rocks. Overall, excellent way to get close to nature.
Reviewer: Sarah Gorman
It was SO much fun, but I did hurt my butt on the highest waterfall jump! I did it with my 18 year old son and he did a front flip off one of the falls.
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.